Should you speak to an insurance law expert in Florida?
If you have an insurance policy that has not been honored, you have the right to file a dispute.
Our expert legal team helps individuals, property owners and business owners understand what their insurance policies cover and works to obtain the full benefit of their insurance coverage.
Better yet – you won’t pay us anything unless we win you a settlement. Contact Jason Herman today to discuss your insurance policy and claim dispute.
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Underpaid Fire LossOur client’s home was burned in an accidental fire. The insurance company delayed paying and, when it finally paid, didn’t pay enough to replace the home. We fought for additional living expense, building coverage, lost rental income, and other available coverage. After going through an appraisal and then filing a lawsuit, we were able to recover over $450,000 from the insurance company.
Tile Roof Claim in St. Petersburg
Our clients made a claim for damage to the tile roof of their home in St. Petersburg, Florida, which they believed was caused by wind. The insurance company denied the claim, taking the position that the damage was the result of wear and tear and faulty workmanship. We filed a lawsuit on behalf of our clients and fought for them against the denied claim. In the end, we were able to settle the claim for $150,000, and our clients were able to repair their roof.
Can you dispute an underpaid or denied insurance claim?
The direct answer: yes, you can dispute an insurance claim. If your claim was underpaid or denied by your insurance company, you have the right to dispute and have the appeal reviewed by a third party.
What to expect during an insurance dispute in Florida?
Insurance disputes arise for many reasons. Insurance companies wrongfully deny valid claims, pay too little when claims are covered, and wrongfully reserve the right to deny claims in the future. Insurance companies hire lawyers to conduct Examinations Under Oath and request volumes of documents and other information. Some insurance companies file lawsuits against their own insureds.
When their buildings are damaged or personal property lost, policyholders often find themselves facing delayed claim adjustment, unreasonable requests for numerous documents, low offers and underpaid insurance claims, or insurance claims that are denied completely.
We represent policyholders against their own insurance companies, and seek coverage for damage to buildings and personal property, loss of use, additional living expenses, and lost business income.
When should I hire a lawyer for an insurance claim?
When facing an insurance company who denied, underpaid or delayed response on your claim, you shouldn’t go at it alone. Here are some instances when you should hire a lawyer who knows how to handle lowball insurance company tactics:
1) When your insurance company delays the process
After a disaster, insurance companies may find themselves inundated with intense claims. While this large volume of claims can explain a delayed response or repayment, paying close attention to dates and more will keep you from being underpaid.
Having your attorney call and threaten litigation against the insurance company at hand will likely move them to act quicker—in both of your best interests.
2) When your claim is denied
Insurance companies often misapply exclusions under your insurance policy, claiming that the damage done to you or your property was pre-existing, arising from neglect, foregoing maintenance, or from other damage not covered by your policy.
Before submitting or disputing a claim, always double check your policy to ensure the incident you’re making a claim for is covered. This will save a lot of trouble down the line!
3) When your claim is underpaid
Just because your claim was approved doesn’t mean you’ll get the payout you expected. Unfortunately this happens more often than not — insurance companies pay the minimum amount of damage on a submitted claim, despite the claimed damages being worth far more.
Accepting a settlement that’s worth less than you deserve ultimately benefits no one but your insurance company, and you should hold off on making the permanent settlement they offer you, as you cannot legally contest an accepted offer.
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Our Pinellas insurance lawyers are experienced with many types of disputes & claims
The highly experienced insurance lawyers at Herman & Wells have successfully represented clients in a diverse variety of insurance disputes and denied claims. If your insurance claim has been denied or underpaid, please call us at 727-440-3991 for a free consultation.
After a quick conversation with one of our insurance lawyers, you'll understand what your legal options are and if our team can help you. We'd like to reiterate that you will be speaking with an experienced attorney who will be providing valuable feedback about your case from the get go. Our law firm's initial consultation is offered free of charge and our client's never owe us anything unless we are successful in representing them.
Ready to sue your insurance provider in Florida? Call Herman & Wells today
If you were to ask Jason Herman or Keith Stahl about what type of law they practice, they'd tell you they specialize in suing insurance companies on behalf of their clients in Pinellas and around Florida.
An important part of the job is helping our clients understand their insurance policies and quickly breaking down their legal options for fighting disputes and denied claims. This requires a comprehensive knowledge of Florida insurance laws and specific policy language.
If you're faced with a denied home insurance claim, life insurance dispute or underpaid property damage claim, you'll benefit greatly from the extensive experiences our lawyers have gained from successfully representing other clients in similar cases.
Call us at (727) 821-3195 and you'll have the opportunity to review your case with one of our insurance attorneys in Pinellas. This is a wise choice to make even if you don't plan on hiring an attorney. Get the answers you need to make the best next move for you and your family. Herman & Wells is ready to help!