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Katrina Insurance Claims

Katrina Insurance Claim Wrongfully Denied Lawsuits | Insurance Claims, Property Damage, Bad Faith, Wrongfully Denied

Katrina Insurance Claim Wrongfully Denied Lawsuits

Katrina Insurance Claims | Lawsuits, Lawyers | Insurance Claims, Property Damage, Bad Faith, Wrongfully Denied

This years Hurricane season has done tremendous damage to residents located in parts of the South and Gulf Coast regions of the United States. Hurricane Katrina specifically turned residents lives upside down in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee.  Thousands of people’s homes in this area were devastated and destroyed, making it extremely burdensome for victims to get insurance claims paid. 

Insurance companies have a propensity to treat claimants more justly when the playing field is leveled and the insurer is conscious that the claimant has legal representation. The most valuable process of dealing with your insurance company is to have a lawyer on your side before you first speak to your insurance company.

According to the law, insurance companies are obligates to handle your claim with good faith and fair dealing. We purchase insurance to grant aid in times when we need help the most. It is unconscionable that insurance companies choose profits over helping their clients who have paid substantial money for coverage.

Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and the majority of other states have laws governing how insurance companies must deal with claimants. Louisiana makes it mandatory for insurers to make a written offer to resolve a property damage claim within 30 days after receipt of a "satisfactory proof of loss" for the claim. If the insurance company fails to do this and it has no reason for failing to do so, the company may owe penalties of up to 25% on the amount due.

Even when insurance companies respond within 30 days, they are denying claims left and right. Homeowners insurance typically doesn’t cover floods resulting from a hurricane. Therefore, the National Flood Insurance Program generally covers flood damage. Most homeowner’s policies include a sentence excluding flood, surface water, waves, tidal water, overflow of a body of water or spray from any of these.

Homeowners insurance though does cover things such as wind damage and damage from wind-driven rain. Insurers are using the disclaimer about flooding to get out of paying claims on homes damaged only by wind. Many inland residents of places like Baton Rouge are finding that their claims are being denied and that their insurers are citing their flooding disclaimer. This denial of homeowner’s claims in non-flooded areas is a bad faith practice.

Legal Help For Victims Affected By Katrina Insurance Claims

If you are a victim of a denied hurricane katrina insurance claim due to bad faith or have not filled your claim, please fill out the form at the right for a free case evaluation by a qualified hurricane claim lawyers call us at 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529).


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Judge Holds Federal Government Liable for Some New Orleans Flooding

May 6, 2015
Judge Susan G. Braden of the United States Court of Federal Claims in Washington has ruled that the federal government must pay for some of the flooding damage from Hurricane Katrina caused by failures of the hurricane protection system in New Orleans. The judge focused her decision on a navigation project built by the Army Corps of Engineers, the Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet canal, known as MR-GO. The canal has been linked to devastating flood damage in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans...

Decision in Katrina Levee Breach Case Gives Policyholders More Time To File Lawsuits

Jun 23, 2009 | Parker Waichman LLP
Nearly four years after the  storm, some Hurricane Katrina victims who were unhappy with the way an insurance claim was handled will have another chance to file suit against their insurer.  Policyholders  previously had only two years after Katrina hit in 2005 to file such a lawsuit,  but according to The New Orleans Times-Picayune, a federal judge's decision to  dismiss class action allegations against insurers in the Katrina Canal Breaches Consolidated Litigation has...

Katrina Lawsuit Against Army Corps of Engineers Will Proceed

Mar 23, 2009 | Parker Waichman LLP
A U.S. District Court Judge has ruled that a group of Louisiana residents whose homes were destroyed by Hurricane Katrina can proceed with a lawsuit against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. According to the Associated Press, the lawsuit claims the Corps is responsible for the homes' destruction because it failed to maintain a levy along the Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet, allowing Katrina's storm surge to flood parts of New Orleans and St. Bernard Parish through that waterway.The Hurricane...

Louisiana Citizens Settles Hurricane Katrina, Rita Lawsuits

Nov 14, 2008 | Parker Waichman LLP
Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corp. has agreed to pay $35 million to settle two class action lawsuits over its slow response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005.  The Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corp., the state's insurer of last resort, voted yesterday to set aside funds to pay the settlements, however, the company has not admitted any fault.  According to the New Orleans Times-Picayune, the funds will settle Adrian Chalona v. Louisiana Citizens and Toni Swain...

Jury Agrees with Katrina Victims

Jul 18, 2008 | Parker Waichman LLP
A panel of local jurors awarded Admiral James Lisanby and his wife, Gladys, the maximum that their homeowner insurance policy could pay in Katrina damage to their home as well as what they believed wind might have done to the contents, garage, and guest cottage.  The jury also awarded the couple $86,000 each for pain and suffering they feel was caused by a wrong decision on the part of insurer USAA to deny all but $46,000 of the couple's insurance claims.  The total comes to about...

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