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Stagnant water, damaged flooring, eroded foundation, electrical shortages; these are all possible outcomes of damages resulting from a leaky or burst pipe. Not only are these potentially costly damages, they can also be dangerous. That is why it is all the more aggravating when an insurance company underpays or denies your water damage or pipe burst claim.
If you’ve experienced damage to your home or property due to water damage or a pipe burst and disagree with an insurance provider about your coverage, contact The Potts Law Firm for a free evaluation of your insurance claim.
- Property loss
- Additional living expenses due to property loss
- Loss or damage to personal belongings
- Structural and foundation damage
- Water damage
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If you’ve experienced a loss due to a pipe burst or water damage, document all related damages and property loss and file a claim with your insurance company as soon as possible.
If you’ve contacted your insurance company regarding an insurance claim and have been denied or underpaid, you should immediately:
- Document all conversations and interactions between you and your insurance provider/agent
- Keep a file of all documents/photos of damages so you can preserve evidence of your loss.
- Contact an insurance attorney
You may be entitled to more compensation than originally offered by your insurance company. With detailed claim information and review of your policy documents, an insurance attorney can determine if you have a case.
- Attributing the damage to wear and tear
- Stating the damage is merely cosmetic
- Claiming damage occurred during a previous policy year
- Underpaying/omitting certain repairs to result in a repair cost that is below your deductible
- Delay in handling and payment of the claim
- Actual Damages
- Interest from the date that you should have been paid
- Penalties (imposed on an insurer) under the Insurance Code for knowingly underpaying or denying a claim
- Attorney’s fees