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Business Interruption Claims

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Businesses purchase business interruption insurance in case damage from a disaster makes conducting business as usual impossible. When disaster strikes, the survival of many businesses are contingent on receiving timely payments from their business interruption insurer. Unfortunately, insurance companies often deny business interruption insurance claims, forcing policyholders to pursue a long and costly appeals process. 

Businesses in the Gulf Coast states have taken an economic blow as a result of the hurricanes in the region in 2005. The damage in these states has also adversely affected businesses in other parts of the country that rely on materials and goods from suppliers in the Gulf Coast.  Many local businesses and out-of-state businesses purchased business interruption insurance but have found that getting their claims paid is difficult.

Because a policyholder’s ability to recover business-interruption losses largely hinges on having coverage for the peril that caused the loss, one early dispute could center on whether the water that inundated New Orleans after two levees failed after Hurricane Katrina is a flood as defined in policy language. This means that if you purchased business interruption insurance but did not purchase flood insurance, it is likely that your claim would be denied.

Even policyholders that have both wind and flood coverage are facing problems recovering their business-interruption losses because of the evacuation of New Orleans for what likely will be months. An exclusion in many business-interruption policies bars coverage when a policyholder loses its market. Insurers will deny business-interruption claims because New Orleans’ population is largely gone indefinitely.

Legal Help For Victims Affected By Business Interruption Claims

If your business was affected by the damage in the Gulf Coast region and your business interruption claim was denied, please fill out the form to the right for a free case evaluation by a qualified insurance attorney or call us at 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529).


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Judge: Corps can be sued over flood

Feb 3, 2007 |
The Army Corps of Engineers can't assert immunity in a lawsuit over the catastrophic flooding following Hurricane Katrina, because of the plaintiffs' claim that flooding stemmed from the agency's negligence in fixing defects in the Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet navigation project that it had known of for years, a New Orleans federal court judge ruled Friday. U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval's ruling cleared the way for WDSU-TV anchorman Norman Robinson, a Lower 9th Ward couple and two St....

Judge OKs Katrina flood suit vs. Corps

Feb 2, 2007 | AP
Residents whose homes were flooded during Hurricane Katrina can sue the Army Corps of Engineers over claims the agency ignored warnings about defects in a nearby navigation channel, a federal judge ruled Friday. The ruling, one of the first significant decisions in a set of cases over what caused the flooding, may force the Corps to hand over documents about the management of the channel. "Now we will have an opportunity to see what goes on behind closed doors," said a trial lawyer...

State Farm Loses Benchmark Katrina Case

Jan 13, 2007 |
In a ruling that may have ramifications on hundreds of other lawsuits, a federal judge in Mississippi declared that State Farm Fire & Casualty Co. is liable for damage to a couple’s Biloxi home following Hurricane Katrina. While the insurance company is responsible for paying $223,292 in damages to the home, the key part of the ruling was the award by a jury of $2.5 million in punitive damages. The ruling by U.S. District Judge L.T. Senter Jr. may be troubling news for State Farm and...

Parker Waichman LLP Retained by Hundreds of Hurricane Katrina Victims Whose Insurance Claims Have Been Denied

Jan 11, 2007 |
Parker Waichman LLP ( announced that it has been retained by hundreds of clients in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi whose insurance claims related to damage caused by Hurricane Katrina were denied. Under state and federal laws, insurance companies are required to resolve claims with their insureds in good faith and with fair dealing. Unfortunately, thousands of insurance policyholders are unable to put their lives back together because of widespread improper...

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