Pipe Burst and Water Damage – FEBRUARY 2021 TEXAS WINTER WEATHER
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The extreme winter weather in Texas prompted a flood of claims for frozen pipes and water damage. What causes your pipes to burst during cold weather? When the weather is at or below freezing, the water coming into your house is much colder than it is during the summer. The cold water causes your pipes to contract. At this point, the weakest portions of the pipes cannot withstand the pressure of the water and the pipes burst. This will not only cause physical damage to your property but water damage if the burst is not caught in a timely manner. These damages will allow you to file a claim with your insurance company. Many residents may not know the details of their policy, or the tricks insurance companies may use to deny, delay, or underpay their claim.
We can’t repair the pipes, but we can make sure you receive all the money you need to make repairs from your plumbing and cover the damage to your personal property. In just the last few months we’ve helped recover millions of dollars from insurance carriers, and we want to put that experience to work for you.
- Property loss
- Additional living expenses due to property loss
- Loss or damage to personal belongings
- Structural and foundation damage
- Water Damage
- Water damage to condominium complex – Original Offer– $7,000 Settlement $135,000 (Attorney fee: $44,220)
- Water damage to apartment complex – Original offer – $772,000 Settlement – $15,050,000 (attorney fees & expenses: $2,474,511.91)
- Water damage to residential property – Original offer – $0 Settlement – $40,000 (attorney fee $9,750)
There are a number of ways insurance companies may try to reduce your claim. They may say the damage is just cosmetic or that individual personal items are able to be cleaned instead of replaced. They may say that the damage was due to some other reason than the weather, or that someone else’s insurance carrier is responsible for payment. They may even try to underpay or omit certain repairs to keep costs below your deductible.
While they can vary, most property insurance policies should cover damages from the recent Texas weather. Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean that carriers won’t try to make the whole process difficult for you. That’s why we’re here to help.
Because of our deep experience and knowledge of the insurance industry, we can make the process easier and often quicker and more productive than being on your own.
Our attorneys work on a contingency basis, meaning we only collect payment if we are successful. That arrangement makes us work even harder for you.