Severe weather events such as thunderstorms, hailstorms and tornadoes cause millions of dollars in property damage every year. According to the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, hail causes an average of $1 billion worth of damages to crops and property every year. As an example of just how devastating these storms can be, in May of 2013, residents of Amarillo, Texas suffered damages in excess of $400 million as a result of a storm that brought flooding, strong winds and hail.
Gray Reed has a dedicated team of storm, wind and hail damage lawyers. We understand that dealing with an insurance company can be complicated and frustrating – especially if you believe a valid insurance claim has been denied. Storm damage can also be far more severe and extensive than can appear to the untrained eye. Our attorneys can help you recover after a storm damages your property, makes your home unlivable, or interrupts your business. And, in addition Gray Reed's experience, we have now partnered with the lawyers at Lubel Voyles, another law firm with experience in this area, to expand our ability to help commercial and individual policyholders across Texas and surrounding states pursue the recovery of insurance proceeds for storm, wind and hail damage.
As attorneys who have previously represented policyholders, we have in-depth knowledge of how insurance companies work and handle claims. We can anticipate the tactics they will use to deny, delay or dispute a valid claim, such as claiming that the damages are non-existent, pre-existing, caused by poor maintenance or construction, and/or less significant than they are. Our attorneys have effective strategies for combating those tactics and can work to protect your rights as a policyholder.
We also understand the unique concerns of different kinds of property owners facing storm damages. We are available to help:
- Homeowners: As a homeowner, your greatest concern is most likely being able to continue living in your home after a storm. In addition to helping you recover enough money to properly repair your home, we can help you pursue coverage for your personal property and additional living expenses (ALE) if you are unable to remain in your home while the damage is repaired.
- Commercial Property Owners: Unlike residential properties, commercial properties often have flat roofs susceptible to collapses under heavy rain, snow or ice accumulation. A roof cave-in or any other type of storm damage can not only compromise the structural integrity of a building, but can also prevent a business owner from continuing its operations. We can help you pursue insurance recovery for the physical damage to your building.
- Farm and Ranch Owners: We can help you pursue a crop insurance claim if hail or wind damages your crops, in addition to helping you with a claim for damage to buildings, machinery and equipment on your ranch or farm as the result of a storm.
We work on a contingency fee basis which means that we are paid out of the final settlement. You do not pay unless we are able to help you recover payment for your claim. Contact us today so that we can help you evaluate the compensation and repairs to which you may be entitled.