Property Damage Attorneys

For most people, purchasing a homeowners insurance policy provides a sense of security related to potential property damage claims. But in truth, property damage claims are rarely straightforward. Insurance companies do not always look out for the best interests of their insureds which creates the very real potential for a claim to be denied, delayed, or underpaid.

At Battaglia, Ross, Dicus & McQuaid, P.A we take on the challenge of holding insurance companies responsible for what should be paid to our clients for their property damage claims. Ensure your insurance company holds up its end of the bargain, with legal assistance from our property damage attorney team.

Property Damage Attorneys Led by Experience

Our property damage team is led by Jonathon W. Douglas. Mr. Douglas has first-hand knowledge of how the insurance industry works from the inside out. He has represented some of the largest insurers in the State of Florida and will use this insight and understanding of how insurance companies handle disputed insurance claims to help you during your time of need.

Underpaid on Denied Property Damage Claims

Some of the most frequent claims handling issues we see are claims that are either denied or underpaid by the insurance company. The denial or underpayment of claims occur for many reasons; however, the homeowner does not have to bear the financial and emotional burden of the insurance company’s wrongful claims handling.

While it may seem that the insurance company has the final say on the value of a claim, this is simply not true. It is always imperative to seek a second opinion on a denied or underpaid homeowners insurance claim. Rarely do insurance companies pay full value for a claim. But rest assured, there is always a chance to battle a denied or undervalued claim. Seeking legal assistance from a property damage attorney can help turn a claim in your favor.

Reopening Old Property Damage Claims

In many cases, it is possible to reopen an old insurance claim. This is called a ‘Supplemental Claim.’ If you believe you were unfairly denied a claim or underpaid, then contact Jonathon W. Douglas so he can help you recover the money you’re entitled to.

Common Types of Property Damage:

Fire Damage

Fire damage can be one of the most devastating types of property damage. Fires can rapidly destroy entire buildings, leaving huge repair costs. Sadly, insurance companies are notoriously well skilled at placing the blame on property owners. If your claim has been undervalued or denied, we will fight for you to hold the insurance company accountable for the payments they are responsible for. Unfortunately, insurance companies sometimes adjust claims in ‘bad faith’. This means they may have engaged in:

  • Ignoring or undervaluing property damage
  • Unreasonably reducing, denying or delaying payments.
  • Making allegations of arson
  • Using threatening behavior in attempts to reduce the payments
  • Violating the terms of the insurance policy
  • Frustrating you, in an attempt to make you accept a low payment

If you haven’t yet filed a claim for fire damage, then you should use a fire damage attorney to help collect critical evidence and prepare a complete claim to submit to the insurance company.

Sinkhole Damage

Here in Florida, we have more sinkholes than anywhere else in the country. Regardless of their size or visibility, they can tear buildings part. Unfortunately, insurance companies attempt to construe the policy language and statutory wording of what sinkhole damage is to justify denying sinkhole claims.

Our sink hole damage attorneys can prepare a winning strategy to help you rebuild. We’ll seek to ensure your insurer’s interpretation of your policy and Florida law is fair and appropriate which will help to secure the full payment you’re entitled to.

Storm and Hurricane Damage

Florida property owners know all about the devastating effects of hurricanes and storms. Sadly, insurance companies do not realize the real devastation storm and hurricane damage can have on homeowners. At the homeowners time of need, insurance companies have been known to not appreciate the entire scope of loss. Some examples include:

  • Stating the damage does not exceed your deductible
  • Frustrating you through poor communication, so you accept a lower offer
  • Claiming there isn’t legitimate proof of your damages
  • Blaming you for poor maintenance
  • Claiming you missed out on information when you bought the policy
  • Claiming the damage was caused by “flooding,” which isn’t covered in homeowner policies.

We’re well accustomed to these tactics and will help you navigate the process to find success. Contact a storm & hurricane insurance claim attorney today.

Theft Damage

Property damage caused during a burglary is not just frightening; it is often costly. However, insurance companies often look at the weaknesses in security and place the blame on the owner. An adjuster may also overlook damage or undervalue your stolen items. Our property theft insurance claim attorneys won’t fall for these tactics and will use persistence to get you the money you deserve.

Tree Damage

Tree damage claims are more complicated than they seem. Roots and overhanging branches tend to cross over property lines, leaving tense disputes over which property owner is liable. Various factors will determine who is at fault, such as neighbors ignoring prior warnings, unclear property lines and policy interpretation.

You should contact an attorney that specializes in tree damage so they can collect case-winning evidence quickly.

Water Damage

Water damage can occur suddenly and without giving you a chance to react. The damage varies from small isolated areas to severe structural damage. The insurer will usually send an adjuster to your property to analyze the damages, and the associated costs. Sadly, the adjusters are working for the insurance companies, not you. They often ignore damage that isn’t visible or attempt to avoid providing coverage based on alleged policy exclusions.

You need a property damage attorney that handles water damage to ensure that the language used in your policy isn’t being exploited and misinterpreted and to check you’ve received a fair evaluation and compensation.

Wind Damage

The majority of Florida residents know all too well about the costs of wind damage. However, insurance companies rarely pay out the sum that their clients need. They do this often through the following methods:

  • Using out of state adjusters who are unfamiliar with Florida building codes.
  • Incorrectly claim that under 25% of your roof is damaged, to avoid the full replacement that is necessary by law for more than 25% roof damage.
  • Blame the damage on wear and tear.
  • Blame the damage of design or installation defects.
  • Claim the damage was caused by flooding, which may not be covered in your policy.

You should contact an attorney that specializes in wind damage so they can collect case-winning evidence quickly.

Free Consultations

Battaglia, Ross, Dicus & McQuaid, P.A offer free consultations for anyone in need of a property damage attorney. Call Jonathon W. Douglas at (727) 381-2300 if you need legal assistance or have any questions.

St Petersburg Property Damage Attorney Jonathon W Douglas

St Petersburg Property Damage Attorney Jonathon W Douglas

A Division of Battaglia, Ross, Dicus & McQuaid, P.A.
Review 5/5
David T.

Peace of mind is the best words to describe. The entire process took months when it took years for me alone. Jonathon W Douglas is extremely professional and easy to work with. I would refer him to anyone that needs an outstanding Attorney to get the job done.

Battaglia, Ross, Dicus & McQuaid, P.A.
5858 Central Avenue
St. Petersburg, FL 33707
Phone: (727) 381-2300
Fax: (727) 343-4059

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If you have an insurance claim and need help with navigating the pitfalls of the claims process, don’t delay in contacting us for a free consultation. We are located in St. Petersburg, FL and provide service to:

Pinellas County

Hillsborough County

Manatee County

Pasco County

Sarasota County