Fires can be devestating to your home or business. Regardless of minimal damage to a single room or a complete property loss, material posessions and/or business inventory, documents, and equipment throughout your property, you deserve full compensation for all losses covered by your insurance policy. If your insurance company has wrongfully denied or undervalued your claim, Lipton Law will fight for you and your family to obtain the compensation to which you are entitled.
Fire Damage Is Usually Worse Than It Appears
If you are allowed to enter your home following a fire you will be sickened by the damage. The fire itself is relentless, and quickly destroys everything in its path starting with the most flammable objects. Your carpets, curtains, sofas and clothes, as well as any wooden furniture, all act as fuel for the fire. What starts out as a small fire may turn into a blaze, destroying your entire home.
The immediate visual damage of a fire is very disturbing, but the secondary effects, such as soot, odor, water damage and corrosion, are just as devastating, and sometimes hidden. Some of the worst damage from the fire is often invisible and, if you do not employ your own team of lawyers, investigators and construction professionals, may not be detected until long after you settle with your insurance company. Thus, you should immediately notify your insurance company of the claim, and take all necessary steps to clean up and remediate your property to prevent deterioration of the structure and your personal belongings.
Water damage is also likely to be prevalent, occurring where the fire department has fought to save your property and contain your losses. Some of the electrical items you had in your home may also be completely destroyed by the fire or water.
Smoke damage is also pervasive, regardless of how small the fire in your home was. Soot may accumulate, and it sometimes seems impossible to get rid of the smell of smoke. Some property owners have been known to throw out everything and start right from scratch. While this may seem like a good idea, it can jeopardize your ability to recover from your insurance company. It is crucial that you document all of your losses, including taking photographs of all property that has been completely destroyed, and all property that is damaged. Do this before repairs begin.
Is your insurance company acting in your best interests?
Carefully consider your insurance company’s offer. Insurance companies will almost always try to settle for less than you deserve and they do not always contemplate the hidden effects of a fire in your home when they consider your compensation package. If you feel the offer is well below what your property and possessions are worth, or if your insurance company is denying your fire claim altogether, then you should call Lipton Law. We will investigate your case, and consult with our team of insurance experts, to determine the full value of your claim. We will fight for you in court, to obtain the money that you deserve from the insurance company to which you have dutifully paid your insurance premiums.
Effective Legal Skills Protecting Your Rights
Fires can happen in a matter of moments, but the physical damage, emotional and physical injuries they cause can last months, if not years. While some fire accident injuries are minor, such as basic burns, others are serious and life-altering. A person involved in a serious fire accident may suffer not only burns and smoke inhalation, but broken bones, head injury, paralysis, and even death trying to escape. Individuals who have been injured and family members of those who have been killed due to a fire accident face devastating challenges. A fire not only causes significant physical obstacles, but emotional and financial ones as well.
At Lipton Law, fire accident lawyers understand how important it is to act quickly and efficiently when gathering the appropriate evidence and information after a fire accident. To find out how our attorneys can help you hold negligent parties liable and obtain the compensation you deserve, call us today at (248) 557-1688 for a free consultation.