Bill Voss urges the victims of the current flooding to be aware of their rights as policyholders and potential “bad faith” insurance industry practices that could limit their recovery before they submit their claims or accept a settlement.
The Woodlands, TX (PRWEB) August 30, 2016
Homes, cars, and businesses were washed away as storms dropped nearly two feet of rain on parts of Louisiana over a 24-hour period and caused devastating flooding in at least 20 parishes. Brad Kieserman, vice president of Disaster Services Operations and Logistics for the Red Cross, said in a statement, “The current flooding in Louisiana is the worst natural disaster to strike the United States since Superstorm Sandy” (1).
Unfortunately, like those affected by Superstorm Sandy a few years ago, the home and business owners affected by the flooding in Louisiana may be facing unexpected challenges with the insurance claims that follow.
National Public Radio (NPR) reported earlier this year that insurance companies profited by as much as $400 million after Sandy, but thousands of policyholders on the East Coast were paid just a fraction of their insurance policies in the aftermath (2). Other Sandy victims reported claim denials or disputes with their insurers over the cause or value of the damage done. Attorney Bill Voss, of the Texas-based Voss Law Firm, has a lot of hands-on experience with denied insurance claim cases from disaster victims both at home and across the globe, including cases related to Superstorm Sandy claims. In the wake of the flooding in Louisiana, he warns that some policyholders could soon be struggling with very similar issues with their insurers.
After wide-spread disasters, and especially after the multiple costly storms and floods in the United States in the last few years, policyholders have a lot to worry about. Insurance companies have had to take measures to cut increasing costs, and some people have become increasingly vocal that it is home and business owners who ultimately pay (2). While some policyholders have no problems resolving their insurance claims, both Superstorm Sandy and Hurricane Katrina were followed by victim lawsuits alleging “bad faith” practices from their insurers and complaints about how claims were handled. Many victims of those two storms were displaced from their homes for months or years, waiting for their insurance claims to resolve. In some cases, their claims were unfairly denied, undervalued, or plagued with long delays that made recovery difficult. This is why Bill Voss urges the victims of the current flooding to be aware of their rights as policyholders and potential “bad faith” insurance industry practices that could limit their recovery before they submit their claims or accept a settlement.
The Policyholders Bill of Rights in Louisiana states that the insured has the right to “Be treated fairly and be free from unfair or deceptive acts or practices in accordance with the law” (3). For victims of the Louisiana flood disaster with concerns about how their claims are being handled, Bill Voss recommends they first carefully review their existing insurance policies and attempt to work with their insurers. If a satisfactory resolution isn’t possible, policyholders should take the time to talk with an experienced attorney who can review the details of their claims, policies, and circumstances and explain their options for moving forward with their recovery. A case review with an attorney is often free of charge, and it can make a big difference for flood victims who face an uncertain future and need to know if they are being treated fairly.
Donors who wish to help with relief efforts in Louisiana can visit The Voss Law Firm donation page. For more information about policyholder rights and “bad faith” insurance practices, or to get immediate help with a flood insurance claim, visit the Voss Law Firm website.
1. American Red Cross. August 16, 2016.
2. National Public Radio, May 24, 2016.
3. Louisiana Department of Insurance
About The Voss Law Firm
The Voss Law Firm, P.C., is based in The Woodlands, Texas, with satellite offices in Dallas and Austin. Attorney Bill Voss, the firm’s founding member, has been recognized in numerous national and local publications, including Forbes Inc. 500, H-Texas Magazine, The Legal News, Houston Press, and Texas Monthly. He has also been recognized as a Texas Super Lawyer by his peers. The Voss Law Firm team travels on a national and international basis to litigate many different types of cases, with a focus on serving policyholders in cases of unfair insurance claim delays, denials, and underpayments. For more information, contact us at 888-614-7730 or visit our website at http://www.vosslawfirm.com.