thousands of Florida residents and businesses will likely file damage claims with their insurers in the coming days
Naples, FL (PRWEB) July 05, 2012
Gilman Law LLP, a Florida law firm with more than three decades of experience protecting consumers’ rights, is offering its assistance to any Florida property owner seeking help with an insurance claim stemming from Tropical Storm Debby. Florida property owners in need of assistance are urged to contact Gilman Law LLP as soon as possible, especially if they believe their insurance company has mishandled or wrongfully denied their Tropical Storm Debby damage claim. The firm is offering free consultations to property owners throughout Florida, especially those in the hardest hit areas, including Bay County, Calhoun County, Charlotte County, Citrus County, Dixie County, Franklin County, Gulf County, Hernando County, Highland County, Hillsborough County, Jefferson County, Liberty County, Levy County, Manatee County, Okaloosa County, Pasco County, Pinellas County, Sarasota County, Suwannee County, Taylor County, Wakulla County and Walton County.
Because our attorneys live and work in Florida, they understand what it takes to recover from a storm like Debby. Gilman Law LLP is ready right now to assist any individual or business seeking help with an insurance claim from Tropical Storm Debby, including claims for:
- Storm surge
- Wind damage
- Water penetration
- Roof damage
- Business interruption
If you need help dealing with an insurer after Debby, please contact Gilman Law LLP by filling out our online form, or CALL TOLL FREE (888) 252-0048.
Tropical Storm Debby
After stalling off Florida’s Gulf Coast most of the weekend, Tropical Storm Debby finally made landfall on Tuesday, May 26, near Steinhatchee. Tropical-storm warnings were in effect for 450 miles of coastline, from Mexico Beach in the Panhandle, to Englewood, south of Sarasota. By Tuesday afternoon, a State of Emergency had been declared for the entire state of Florida. By Wednesday, an estimated 35,000 homes and businesses had lost electricity, and flooding had been reported in low-lying coastal areas, and along rivers creeks in streams. According to a Reuters report, some places in the northeastern part of Florida received more than two feet of rain. Emergency managers in Pasco County on Florida's central Gulf Coast ordered a mandatory evacuation for 14,000 to 20,000 people living between the Anclote and Pithlachascotee Rivers due to high water. The storm spawned scores of tornadoes that caused severe damage to homes throughout Florida. [http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/06/27/us-usa-storm-debby-idUSBRE85O0QT20120627?feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews
While it is too early to begin to place a dollar figure on the destruction caused by Debby, thousands of Florida residents and businesses will likely file damage claims with their insurers in the coming days. Already, Citizens Property Insurance has reported receiving just over 1,500 claims, a figure its CEO said “could well be just a drop in the bucket." Most claims so far involve wind and roof damage, and have come from Florida’s west coast counties of Hernando, Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas, as well as the greater Tampa Bay region. [http://www.bradenton.com/2012/06/27/4093393/debby-claims-piling-up-for-citizens.html
According to Gilman LLP, most Florida property owners assume their insurer will pay their damage claims in return for the hefty premiums they are often assessed. But past experience has shown that insurance companies often find ways to deny or lowball tropical storm damage claims, for instance by stating that the damage was pre-existing or caused by flooding not covered under the policy. Property owners faced with damage from Tropical Storm Debby should seek the help of an attorney experienced with hurricane and tropical storm claims to ensure their interests are protected.
Gilman Law LLP is offering free legal evaluations to any Florida property owner seeking assistance with a Tropical Storm Debby damage claims. More information regarding Tropical Storm Debby’s impact on Florida, as well as information on obtaining a free legal evaluation, is available by contacting Gilman Law LLP:
- Toll Free: 1-888-252-0048
- Fax: 239-676-8224
- E-mail: consultations(at)gilmanlawllp.com
- Website: Free Consultation to Victims of Tropical Storm Debby
About Gilman Law LLP
Gilman Law LLP, a leading national law firm with offices in Bonita Springs, Florida, has been recognized for delivering successful results to their clients across a broad range of claims stemming from consumer product injury, mass tort, and class action lawsuits. For over 32 years, the Gilman Law LLP team of highly experienced lawyers has earned renown for tireless work on behalf of their clients on many of today’s most challenging and important legal issues.