Are you in a dispute with your insurance company over compensation for fire damage to your home?
The Cincinnati fire insurance disputes lawyers at O'Connor, Acciani & Levy understand how stressful it is to be fighting with your insurer after your home and personal property have been severely damaged by a fire. The attorneys at our firm have many years of experience dealing with insurance companies on a variety of claims. We have extensive knowledge of all the ways insurers attempt to unfairly deny or devalue valid insurance claims.
Schedule a free, no obligation legal consultation today to find out if our Cincinnati insurance lawyers can help resolve the dispute between you and your home insurance company. Our goal is to help you obtain all the compensation you deserve to repair or replace your damaged property.
A fire can cause irreparable damage to your home, destroying couches, clothes, furniture, curtains, flooring, personal belongings and anything else in its path. Even a small fire could cause severe structural damage to your house that is extremely expensive to fix, such as damage to the roof, plumbing and electrical wiring inside the walls.
Smoke from the fire can also cause pervasive, permanent damage to your home. The smell might never go away and soot could accumulate and become nearly impossible to eliminate.
There could also be extensive water damage if you had installed fire sprinklers that came on, or if the fire department had to come to your house and put out the fire with high-powered hoses.
No matter what type of damage you suffered, you may be able to obtain compensation by filing a claim with your homeowner's insurance company. Unfortunately, you may end up in a dispute with your insurance company over its handling of your claim. These disputes happen because insurance companies are for-profit businesses that exist to make money – it is in the company's best interest to do whatever it can to avoid paying fair compensation for every claim.
Our Cincinnati fire insurance disputes lawyers are prepared to help you resolve insurance disputes over a variety of issues, such as if the insurance company is:
One of the main benefits of hiring an attorney is that he or she will be a committed advocate for your best interests.
This is very important in an insurance dispute because the insurance company may have gone to great lengths to find ways to deny or undervalue your claim. This could include hiring special investigators to find reasons to justify its unfair dealings with you.
If a dispute arises, our fire insurance disputes attorneys in Cincinnati can launch a separate investigation of the fire damage and its causes. We are also prepared to work with experts to determine the following:
If the insurer wrongly accuses you of arson, it is important to know that the burden of proof for this claim is on the insurance company, not the policyholder. We will fight back if the insurer lacks proper evidence for its claim of arson.
Our attorneys will carefully review the terms of your policy and coverage amounts to ensure you are being treated fairly. Our goal is to recover maximum compensation to help you repair or replace your damaged property.
Schedule a free legal consultation today by calling (877) 288-3241.
Ohio Revised (Administrative) Code (ORC) 3901-1-54, also known as the Unfair Claims Practices Act, lists numerous bad faith practices that insurers are prohibited from engaging in, including:
Your fire insurance disputes lawyer in Cincinnati can hold the insurance company accountable for these bad faith practices and aggressively pursue the fair compensation you have been denied.
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Your actions in the aftermath of a fire that damaged your house could have a major impact on your chances of obtaining all the insurance compensation you deserve. That is why there are several steps you should take to help preserve your claim, including:
Your insurance policy probably has a requirement that you take reasonable action to minimize further damage to your property after the fire has been put out. Reasonable steps could include:
In addition to ensuring your safety and the well-being of your family, this is one of the most important things to do after a fire. Most insurance policies have provisions requiring policyholders to report losses as soon as possible.
Waiting to file a claim may cause the insurance company to be suspicious about the cause of the fire, such as whether you caused the fire intentionally to receive compensation. Insurance companies are already looking for ways to deny or devalue valid claims, so it is best not to do anything to make them suspicious. Another reason not to delay is it may take longer for your insurer to investigate and process your claim.
Be sure to take notes on your communication with the insurance company and save correspondence, like emails and letters. Keep this information together so you can easily find it when necessary. A folder or binder is a good way to keep this information in one place.
You should also save receipts, bills, invoices, contracts for repairs and any other documentation that could be relevant to your claim. You should always save the original documents and if another party needs them, make copy – do not give away the originals.
Our Cincinnati fire insurance disputes attorneys can review your situation to help determine what else you should do to possibly improve your chances of receiving fair compensation.
Call our law firm today for a free, no obligation legal consultation: (877) 288-3241
A fire can cause irreparable damage to your home and personal belongings. These situations are one of the main reasons homeowners purchase insurance.
However, insurance companies often get into disputes with policyholders in these situations and attempt to deny or devalue their claims. That is why victims should strongly consider hiring a fire insurance disputes attorney in Cincinnati.
The lawyers at our firm can represent you on contingency, so there is no fee for your consultation and we will not charge for our services unless you are compensated.
With a proven track record of success that has resulted in our team of legal professionals recovering tens of millions in compensation for our clients, we work quickly to obtain a fair and just result for your case.
We also offer complimentary consultations to determine the merits of your claim and in most instances, we only get paid when we obtain a recovery on your behalf.
Contact the personal injury lawyers at O'Connor, Acciani & Levy today for a free case evaluation to discuss your claim.