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Do I need a property damage attorney?

When property damage occurs to your home, you could end up facing serious losses that decimate your finances for the long-term. As you struggle to work through the insurance claim process, or attempt to hold the responsible parties accountable for the damage, you’re bound to lose a lot of time in the process. Thankfully, you can avoid having to deal with the challenges on your own by hiring a property damage lawyer. Here’s what you need to know before hiring an attorney to take on your property damage case.

Most Common Types of Property Damage Cases

Property damage cases arise most often when someone purposefully or carelessly destroys your home. You might also have a case if your insurance carrier does not honor their policy as written and fails to pay you for damage caused by a natural disasters and other incidents.

Property damage cases often arise due to:

  • Storm damage
  • Broken pipes
  • Vandalism
  • Theft
  • Fallen trees
  • Weather events
  • Wind events

How Can a Property Damage Lawyer Help?

When property damage occurs to your home, you typically file a claim with your insurance company. That doesn’t mean that the carrier will accept coverage for the claim, or pay you on the claim.

With help from a property damage lawyer, you can have a better chance of maximizing your recovery when compared to going at it alone. The carrier will likely attempt to settle the claim with your for pennies on the dollar, despite the fact that they might have the responsibility to pay for the entire claim (plus your attorney’s fees). When you work with a property damage lawyer, the lawyer will fight on your behalf to ensure you get the best recovery possible. 

When you hire a property damage lawyer, you can count on getting clear, accurate information about your case. You never have to wonder if you’re taking the right steps or how to proceed in getting compensation. They’ll keep you well-informed, so you can move through the process with confidence that you’re on the right track.

When to Hire a Lawyer for Property Damage Claims

Whenever property damage occurs, it’s well worth speaking with a property damage lawyer about the situation in order to have them evaluate your claim. They’ll assess your claim and confirm if you’re being treated fairly by the insurance company. Since property damage lawyers typically work on a contingency basis, you won’t have to pay a dime unless they can recover your losses. So, if they’ll take on the case, it’s worth going through the steps to see if you can collect compensation for the damaged property.

Steps to Recouping Your Property Damage Losses

When property damage occurs, you’ll need to move through the following steps in seeking compensation.

  1. Contact a lawyer for a free, no-obligation consultation appointment and discuss the incident.
  2. File a claim with your insurance company.
  3. Get estimates from licensed companies to accurately calculate the total cost to repair the damage.
  4. Identify any other financial losses that occurred due to the property damage.

Need Help from an Experienced Property Damage Lawyer?

If you need help from an experienced property damage lawyer, call 813-226-3372 to speak to our team at The Schwartz Law Firm. During your call, we’ll help you find a great time for your free, no-obligation consultation. You can then share the details of your case and get the info needed to decide if it’s worth moving forward. If we take on your property damage case, we’ll work on a contingency basis, which means that we don’t get paid unless you collect.

Matthew Schwartz

Matthew Schwartz is a Shareholder at Schwartz, P.A. where he serves as the practice group leader for their securities litigation and professional negligence practice group. His practice is focused on plaintiff-side securities arbitration and litigation, representing individual investors and institutions in claims against brokerage firms, investment advisors, commodities firms, hedge funds and others. He also represents plaintiffs who have been damaged by their insurance agents, lawyers, accountants and other professionals. He is an accomplished commercial litigator who has handled a variety of business disputes and other consumer claims.

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