Attorney Andrew Norden

Hurricane Damage & Civil Trial Lawyer

Leading Florida Hurricane Damage & Property Damage Lawyer
Andrew Norden is a trial attorney at Osborne & Associates with more than 13 years of experience. Since the start of his legal career, Andrew has been litigating all aspects of insurance coverage matters. This experience includes time both on behalf of claimants and the insurance companies.

He now only handles cases for insureds who are in need of advice or representation against the insurance companies. Mr. Norden’s experience includes pre-suit handling of insurance coverage claims, civil remedy notices, mediation, litigation of insurance coverage matters including summary judgment proceedings, and trial where insurance carriers fail to provide coverage that insureds believed they paid for.

For Residential & Commercial Property Damage Claims
The Public Adjuster VS The Civil Trial Attorney
What you need to know about your future property insurance claim and how you can receive the maximum payout to repair your home or business

• Hurricane Irma was the largest and most powerful storm in US history, causing billions of dollars of residential and commercial property damage in the state of Florida alone.

• Buying your homeowners or commercial insurance policy is for the most part an easy exercise until Mother Nature unleashes the fury of a weather event like a hurricane and you have to make a claim to repair the damages your property has suffered. Then it can become one of the most difficult situations you may have to face in your lifetime.

• Understanding your legal rights as outlined in your policy is critical.

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Public Adjusters

If you have suffered damage to your home or commercial property then you may decide to call a public adjuster licensed by the Florida department of insurance. Like attorneys, public adjusters are allowed to represent the rights of the insured during the property insurance claim process. Public adjusters are licensed professionals that can legally charge a percentage of the settlement or payout that the insured is awarded. Public adjusters provide a service to assist insured such as estimating damage and negotiating with insurance companies in presentation of claims.

If your public adjuster is unable to settle your claim you will need the assistance of an attorney who specializes in property loss cases and understands all of the complex legal defenses and strategies to successfully litigate your case. The original contract with the public adjuster will still be in effect and you are obligated to pay your public adjuster a percentage of the settlement if this scenario arises.

Insurance Damage Attorneys

Attorneys in Florida are entitled to be paid their fees directly from the insurance company when there is a dispute about coverage for a claim or the value of a claim. In cases where the insurance company has acted improperly under the law, and fails to uphold their contractual obligation you may have grounds for filing a lawsuit against your insurance carrier. Only a lawyer licensed in the state of Florida can represent you in civil court in your property insurance dispute claim. If the attorney you hire is successful with your case then the insurance company is responsible for payment of your lawyer's fees. The attorney's fee is separate and distinct from the indemnity amount you are owed.

There are no out-of-pocket costs or expenses if you hire our firm to handle your disputed insurance claim. If your claim has not yet been denied or underpaid we are here to answer any questions you may have. History has shown us that when there are potentially thousands of claims being filed because of major weather events insurance disputes become a common occurrence. Attorneys will advise you and help you through the process so that you can make an informed decision that best serves your financial interest and needs, even if you never have the need to file a lawsuit against your insurance carrier.

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PH: 561-530-2525

KEY TAKEAWAY

Who To Choose

Public Adjuster OR
Insurance Damage Lawyer

If you find yourself in a dispute or you just have questions regarding your rights in Florida regarding your homeowner's insurance or commercial insurance policy we have attorneys that can answer whatever questions you may have.
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What Sets Us Apart
From Other Law Firms
  • Dedication To Clients
  • Proven Track Record Of Success
  • Extensive Litigation Experience
Types of Claims & Post Hurricane Checklist
Types of Property Damage Claims
After Hurricane Irma
  • Hurricane Damage
  • Storm Damage
  • Roof Damage
  • Other Structure Damage
  • Personal Property Damage
  • Water Intrusion
  • Underpayment of Claim
  • Claim Denial
  • Alternate Living Expenses
Post Hurricane Checklist To File A Claim
 
  • Copy of insurance policy
  • Itemization of items damaged
  • Any estimates obtained for damage to your house
  • Receipts of personal property damaged
  • Photographs property before and after damage occurred
  • Video of property before and after damage
  • Receipts for any money spent out of pocket for temporary repairs
  • Receipts for any money paid for alternate living expenses
Helping you understand the types of homeowner's insurance coverage applicable to hurricane damage
Before a hurricane ever strikes, it is important to carefully read your home owner's policy to understand exactly what type of damage is covered. A comprehensive insurance policy covers
  • Damage to or the loss of your home
  • Damage to other buildings or structures on your property such as detached garages, decks, fencing, swimming pools and pool cages
  • The contents of your home
  • Loss of the use of your home if you are unable to live there
  • Payments to third parties for liability or medical expenses
Insurance companies are known to utilize unlawful tactics to avoid paying full damages

Hurricanes damage nearly anything in their path and are known to cause billions of dollars in property damages. Wind and water damage are two of the primary causes of damage and lead to thousands of claims each year. Maintaining a full and complete insurance policy is meant to provide a sense of security for homeowners in the event of a devastating tragedy. Unfortunately, homeowners are often left with more questions than answers after a natural disaster.

By law, insurance companies are required to investigate and settle insurance claims in a timely manner. Delayed payments from insurance companies often lead to additional expenses that the homeowner must cover during an already financially emotionally stressful time. The Statute of Limitations regarding property damage claims resulting from a hurricane requires that the insured provide notice of the claim to the insurance company within five years from the date the hurricane made landfall or caused the damage. Trust our South Florida insurance claims attorneys to work diligently to help you get the support you need as fast as possible.

Hurricane Irma Property Damage Claims Helpdesk
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PREVIOUS CASE STUDIES
100% Satisfaction By Insured
1
Case involving a dispute over the need for replacement of a roof following a hurricane. The insured property was in an area that had sustained hurricane force winds, but not every house in neighborhood sustained equal damage. Therefore, the insurance carrier denied the need for a roof replacement because it did not believe this particular house had sustained winds on the elevation of the roof where the majority of roof tiles were missing. This became a litigated matter that was ultimately resolved to the satisfaction of the insured. This case was litigated using experts and analysis of wind conditions, wind directions, and intensity of the wind event. It was important to utilize expert analysis in litigating and resolving this claim dispute to the satisfaction of the insured.
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Case involving roof leak resulting in water intrusion to insured premises, and the insurance carrier denied the claim. The insured had just purchased a home and while waiting to move in there was a significant storm event that caused an opening in the roof, allowing water to enter the home and cause significant damage to the interior of the property. The insurance company claimed there was no coverage arguing the roof was in a poor state of repair, rather than a storm/wind event causing an opening in the roof. The insured property owner spent significant money out of pocket repairing the damage before he was paid by insurance. Through expert testimony we were able to establish that the storm/wind event was the cause of the opening on the roof and resulting water intrusion and were able to resolve the claim dispute to the satisfaction of the insured.
3
Case involving interior damage to condominium caused by roof leak. The insured presented a claim to homeowner's insurance for damage to the interior of the property, drywall damage, appliances, and mold growth. The homeowners insurance company undervalued the property damage and refused to pay for the drywall damage. This case was resolved after analysis of the condominium master documents, obtaining the association master insurance policy and negotiations with both the homeowners insurance carrier and association insurer. In Florida, the condominium owner must insure the interior contents of the property and the association is responsible for maintenance and repair of the common elements including the roof. If there is a leak in the roof, it is the association's responsibility to arrange for repairs. Additionally, it is the association's responsibility to pay for everything out to the wall, including basic drywall, but not finishing the drywall. Claim dispute was resolved to the satisfaction of the insured.
"Our law firm has successfully settled various type of residential and commercial insurance property damage claims where insurance companies failed to pay, denied or underpaid. "
The 26 Largest Florida Homeowners
Insurance Companies
  1. Universal Property and Casualty Insurance Company
  2. Citizens Property Insurance Corporation
  3. Security First Insurance Company
  4. Federated National Insurance Company
  5. Heritage Property & Casualty Insurance Company
  6. American Integrity Insurance Company of Florida
  7. United Property & Casualty Insurance Company
  8. St Johns Insurance Company
  9. Homeowners Choice Property& Casualty Insurance
  1. Tower Hill Prime (a Tower Hill Insurance Company)
  2. People’s Trust Insurance
  3. ASI Preferred (an ASI Company)
  4. United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
  5. Florida Peninsula Insurance Company
  6. First Protective Insurance Company
  7. Castle Key Indemnity Company
  8. Florida Family Insurance Company
  9. American Bankers insurance Company
  1. Ark Royal (an ASI Company- related to #12 also)
  2. Tower Hill Signature Insurance Company
  3. Olympus Insurance Company
  4. Safe Harbor Insurance Company
  5. Castle Key Insurance Company
  6. Safepoint Insurance Company
  7. Cypress Property & Casualty Insurance Company
  8. Privilege Underwriters Reciprocal Exchange (PURE)
Hurricane Irma Damages Areas
  • Palm Beach (Palm Beach County)
  • Pinecrest (Miami-Dade County)
  • Coral Gables (Miami-Dade County)
  • Naples (Collier County)
  • Marco Island (Collier County)
  • Bal Harbour (Miami-Dade County)
  • Golf (Palm Beach County)
  • Aventura (Miami-Dade)
  • Coral Springs (Broward County)
  • Palm Beach Gardens (Palm Beach County)
  • Boca Raton (Palm Beach County)
  • North Key Largo (Monroe Count)
  • Tequesta (Palm Beach County)
  • Oak Point (Broward County)
  • Jupiter (Palm Beach County)
  • Pelican Bay (Collier County)
  • Sanibel (Lee County)
  • Sea Ranch Lakes (Broward County)
  • Fisher Island (Miami-Dade County)
  • Manalapan (Palm Beach County)
  • Captiva (Lee County)
  • Ocean Ridge (Palm Beach County)
Your Hurricane Irma Property Damage Insurance Claims Questions Answered

Is Hurricane Damage Covered by Homeowners Insurance?

In Florida, you must review your policy and determine if there is windstorm coverage. Often times, the damage caused by a hurricane is due to high, sustained winds. If your policy indicates a premium was paid for windstorm coverage, your next step is to look and see what the deductible is applicable to a hurricane claim. It is common that a hurricane deductible is higher than other covered losses on the policy. Flood damages, even when they are caused by a hurricane, usually must be covered in a separate insurance policy.

Does My Insurance Cover My Living Expenses When Displaced from My Home?

It depends on the coverage you purchased and how much coverage you purchased. The answer depends on the language of your policy. Typically, a home insurance policy does provide coverage for additional living expenses, or loss of use. This coverage may reimburse you for rent, hotel rooms, meals out of the house among other items. Keep in mind that if you are going to be displaced from your home for an extended period of time, you may want to consider leasing alternate housing. Before signing a lease, we suggest you communicate with your insurance company and get an answer on how they intend on reimbursing you for the lease.
Keep receipts for everything you spend and intend to ask for repayment. Without proof, you lack the necessary evidence to prove your request for reimbursement.

What Steps Should I Take If My Home was Damaged by to Hurricane Irma?

  • Notify your insurance company as soon as possible. This starts the process of your claim, and the sooner you get started, the sooner you will receive your claim check.
  • Prevent further damage. Do your best to cover any damage (broken windows, holes in the roof, etc.) that if left uncovered, will cause more damage. You, as the insured, have a responsibility to minimize further damage to the insured property. Failure to do so may result in the insurance company fighting about the extent of damage it is responsible for versus what further damage you allowed by not taking appropriate steps to protect the property.
  • Document everything. It’s important to have a record of all damage that has occurred. Take photos and/or video of all structural damage, standing floodwaters, and objects that were damaged or destroyed.
  • Provide a Proof of Loss statement. This is a document with your signed and sworn statement of the damages you sustained. It needs to be comprehensive and as accurate as possible.

How Do Insurance Companies Make It Difficult for Policyholders?

Unfortunately, insurance companies often make it difficult for policyholders to get their claim money. Here is a list of some of the tactics they employ, so that you can recognize whether your insurance company is acting inappropriately:

  • Denying that you have coverage
  • Denying your claim and stating the claim is partially or completely excluded under your policy
  • Delaying the processing of your claim unreasonably
  • Refusing to pay your claim under one coverage, or attempting to force you to settle under other coverage
  • Lowballing you with undervalued estimates
  • Requiring you to provide a written release of any supplemental claims as a condition of payment or settlement
  • Telling you that you do not need an attorney to resolve the claim
  • Using terms like “full” or “final” on claim checks
  • When failing to fully pay a claim, not providing you with a written explanation of the factual basis and incorporating language of the policy.

Why Does It Matter Whether Damages Are Caused by Wind or Water?

It would seem that hurricane damage is just that – hurricane damage, whether it was done by wind or water. However, the distinction is important because your homeowners may cover wind damage, but not flooding. Flood insurance is separate and distinct from your homeowners policy. Often, insurers in these situations will try to pawn off your damage to one another so that they do not have to pay the entire claim.

Does My Insurance Company Have My Best Interests at Heart?

You pay a premium for valuable coverage and should expect to receive what you pay for. Many lawsuits with insurance companies result from alleged delay, undervaluation, underpayment or claim denials. With that in mind, you need to be very attentive in your interactions with your insurance carrier. You should get your own estimates separate and distinct from what your insurance company tells you something is worth. Arming yourself with your own information gives you the knowledge to know if the insurance company is dealing with you fairly and offering full value for your claim.

How Soon Will I Be Paid for My Claim?

The faster you get your claim in, the faster you will receive compensation. However, when there is a natural disaster such as Hurricane Irma, it could take anywhere from weeks to several months to see any financial help.

Should I Accept My Insurance Company’s Offer?

You have to be very careful when your insurance company makes an offer on your claim – don’t just automatically accept that it’s the best they will do. Sometimes these things take negotiations, especially if your insurance company is undervaluing the cost of your repairs and property damage.

What Does “Full and Final Settlement” Mean?

If you receive a check for your property damage claim that says “Full and Final Settlement,” on it, or something similar, it means that you will not be able to make any other claims that may result from the damage done to your property in the future. Basically, it is releasing the insurance company from any further liability. Be sure that you understand what portion of your claim it is referring to, and if you don’t agree, do not cash the check.

What If My Insurance Company Denies, Delays, or Undervalues My Claim?

If you encounter any of the above issues, or have other dispute with your insurance company, it may become difficult to handle things on your own. Your best course of action is to contact an experienced property damage attorney who will work with your insurance company and ensure that you get the financial help that you are entitled to. You do not have to be at the mercy of the insurance company as you are putting the pieces of your life and your property back together.