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FEMA plans to dole out 3 billion to NYCHA for Sandy recovery

Posted on Tuesday, April 14th, 2015 at 5:12 pm    

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will grant $3 billion for the repair and fortification of different New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) sites across the city, the New York Daily News reported on March 31.

According to the report, 33 NYCHA housing projects in Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn ravaged by Superstorm Sandy will benefit from the grant. The aid is said to be the biggest financial assistance package given out by FEMA in history. Mayor de Blasio said the multi-billion dollar assistance would not just restore NYCHA public housing projects to conditions before the storm havocked the city, but will also make the houses more resilient.

This is definitely good news for those who have been tremendously affected by Superstorm Sandy, which occurred about three years ago. However, homeowners recovering from the storm still face the challenge of dealing with flood insurers who refuse to provide the financial assistance they once promised. The legal team at Williams Kherkher might be able to help you file a case against flood insurers acting in bad faith. Call us at 888-384-6376 to learn more about how we can be of help.

FEMA to widen review of Hurricane Sandy claims

Posted on Wednesday, March 25th, 2015 at 6:31 pm    

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has expressed its plan to review as many as 144,000 flood insurance claims that might have been cheated out of flood insurance benefits, the International Business Times reported on March 11.

In a meeting with four New York and New Jersey senators, FEMA said it will extend the coverage of its corrective action from the 2,200 households that filed lawsuits to up to 144,000 households who think they have been cheated with their Hurricane Sandy claims. FEMA has been criticized for allegations that the private flood insurance companies that service its National Flood Insurance Program tried to offer the lowest amount possible to homeowners by altering damage reports.

The legal team at Williams Kherkher believes that flood insurers acting in bad faith should be held liable to the fullest extent permitted by the law. To learn more about taking legal action after being treated unfairly by a flood insurer, call us at 888-384-6376 today.

Sens. want oversight hearing over alleged FEMA’s NFIP mismanagement

Posted on Tuesday, March 10th, 2015 at 4:10 pm    

After allegations that flood insurers have been altering Hurricane Sandy damage reports, four NY and NJ senators are calling for an oversight hearing about how the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) could have mismanaged its National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), the International Business Times reported on Monday, March 2.

Flood insurers that service NFIP claims are recently under investigation after learning that some of them doctored Hurricane Sandy damage reports to shortchange claimants. In a letter addressed to the chair of Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, Senators Charles Schumer, Kirsten Gillibrand, Robert Menendez, and Cory Booker asked for an oversight hearing to ask representatives for FEMA when they learned about the fraud and the efforts it took to address the issue. The letter came after a FEMA official admitted in an interview that in late 2013, the agency already saw indications that fraudulent practices were being used to reject or reduce claims.

To learn more about taking legal action against a Hurricane Sandy flood insurer who is acting in bad faith, speak with an attorney at Williams Kherkher by calling 888-384-6376 today.

Federal court postpones Hurricane Sandy hearing for settlement talks

Posted on Wednesday, February 25th, 2015 at 3:16 pm    

A federal court in New York decided to indefinitely adjourn a hearing over allegations that some private flood insurers forged Hurricane Sandy documents after a government agency expressed its intention to resolve the issue out of court, Reuters reported on February 18.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) sent a letter to the judicial panel hearing the matter, saying that it plans to meet with the plaintiffs and the flood insurers who were named as defendants in hopes of settling the matter out of court. The panel said the move would allow the affected parties to discuss possible settlement options.

In November, there were claims that some private flood insurers allegedly forged damage reports to shortchange policyholders affected by Hurricane Sandy. An investigation immediately followed, fearing that the fraudulent practice could be rampant.

Flood insurers acting in bad faith could be held liable for turning their backs on their responsibility to deliver what they once promised to policyholders. To learn how to file for legal action, speak with a Hurricane Sandy Insurance claim attorney at Williams Kherkher by calling 888-384-6376 today.

Is my flood insurer acting in bad faith?

Posted on Tuesday, February 10th, 2015 at 10:23 pm    

Bad faith refers to any action done deliberately to deceive or mislead another person. It is not committed out of ignorance or an honest mistake, but out of malice, deception, or self-interest. Unfortunately, flood insurers acting in bad faith affect homeowners that legitimately need financial assistance to recover from disasters, such as floods.

Your flood insurer might be acting in bad faith if:

-They deny or delay coverage without reasonable basis

-They intentionally misconstrue policy language to delay or deny coverage

-They arbitrarily or unreasonably demand for proof or loss

-They deny or delay investigation of claims

Homeowners hard hit by Hurricane Sandy have had to face many challenges in order to recover. Sadly, many of them are still not getting any support from the flood insurer who once promised coverage. If you think your flood insurer is acting in bad faith, learn about the possibility of taking legal action by speaking with an insurance claims attorney at Williams Kherkher. Call us at 888-384-6376 for a free assessment of your case today.

FEMA announces big reforms on Sandy flood claims process

Posted on Wednesday, December 10th, 2014 at 4:22 pm    

After meeting with several lawmakers, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced substantial reforms to Hurricane Sandy flood insurance program, an online report by the Associated Press stated on December 6.

The FEMA said it will ensure that flood insurers who underpaid or overpaid policyholders on flood damage claims are penalized. The agency also said it will reinstate the appeals of 270 policyholders that were dismissed after missing a filing deadline. FEMA also promised to establish a flood insurance advocate to provide assistance for homeowners filing claims.

The agency has recently been under fire following accusations that flood insurers try to alter damage reports to underpay policyholders.

Flood insurers who choose to shortchange homeowners for greater financial gain are in breach of their duty to fulfill their obligations to policyholders. If you believe a flood insurance company has been unfair to you, consult with an attorney at Williams Kherkher to learn about the legal action you may take. Call us today at 888-384-6376.

Sen. Menendez calls for Sandy insurance investigation

Posted on Thursday, November 20th, 2014 at 5:22 pm    

Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) has urged the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) to look into claims that flood insurers secretly altered engineering reports to cheat policyholders affected by Superstorm Sandy, the Associated Press reported on November 14.

Sen. Menendez’s call came after a federal Magistrate judge revealed how an engineering firm hired by a flood insurance company modified a damage report to shortchange two Long Beach homeowners. According to Judge Gary Brown, the engineering company covertly rewrote a report to make it look like the houses were severely damaged not by Hurricane Sandy, but by “long-term movement of soil under home.”

Senator Menendez believes thousands of victims could have been affected by this fraudulent practice and that FEMA should take action.

Flood insurance companies who choose to turn their back on their commitment to provide the financial coverage they promised should be held liable to the fullest extent permitted by law. If you believe your flood insurance company is treating you unfairly, speak with an attorney at Williams Kherkher by calling 888-384-6376 to learn how to file for legal action.

NJ Transit sues insurers for limiting Hurricane Sandy coverage

Posted on Friday, October 10th, 2014 at 4:22 pm    

New Jersey’s public transportation corporation NJ Transit has filed a lawsuit against several insurers for providing insufficient coverage for Hurricane Sandy damage, an online report by NJ.com stated on October 8.

In the lawsuit, lawyers for NJ Transit sued London-based Lloyds, and U.S. insurance firms Hudson Specialty Insurance Company, Maiden Specialty Insurance Company, RSUI Indemnity Company, Torus Specialty Insurance Company, and Westport Insurance Corporation for refusing to qualify the company for up to $400 million in coverage for a “Named Windstorm,” and instead capping the company’s coverage to $100 million.

NJ Transit is demanding additional coverage of up to $300 million, alleging the saltwater flooding of the Hoboken and Kearney rail yards alone already costs $120 million in damages.

If you believe your private insurer unfairly lowered the threshold of your Hurricane Sandy coverage, the experienced legal team at Williams Kherkher might be of help. Call us at 888-384-6376 to discuss your legal options for action.

Anti-fraud policies slow down Sandy relief efforts, NY Gov. says

Posted on Thursday, July 10th, 2014 at 5:48 pm    

During his speech at a Long Island high school on June 25, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo stated that the federal measures designed to prevent fraud stall the distribution of Hurricane Sandy assistance to the majority of individuals who need it, The Wall Street Journal reported.

The administrative tangle brought about by anti-fraud policies has led to a slow-paced distribution of Hurricane Sandy aid; relief has so far been given to only around 6,500 of the 15,000 eligible homeowners.

State officials are wary of misusing Hurricane Sandy relief funds after issues with misspending were highly criticized in the Hurricane Katrina relief efforts years ago. However, Cuomo believes a better balance needs to be obtained between protecting taxpayer’s money and giving it to the hurricane victims who still need it.

The failure of an insurer to deliver the financial assistance they promised can be a tragedy for those who were affected by Hurricane Sandy and are in badly need of support. A lawyer at Williams Kherkher may help you get the funds you need from bad faith insurance companies. Call our offices today at 888-384-6376 to learn about your legal options.

Deadline for filing flood claims in NJ extended

Posted on Tuesday, May 13th, 2014 at 10:10 pm    

October 28  is the new deadline for New Jersey residents to file additional losses to their National Flood Insurance Program claims.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced on April 30 that it will extend the filing deadline by six months. Gov. Chris Christie believes that this extension will help hurricane victims file claims on any damages discovered long after the storm.

This is great news for New Jersey residents who have been adversely affected by Hurricane Sandy. Unfortunately, many victims of Sandy’s wrath are still having trouble recovering.  Obtaining adequate financial assistance from insurance companies that initially promised to provide coverage is often troublesome. If you feel as though you have not received the financial compensation you deserve, an attorney at Williams Kherkher may be able to help. Contact us at (888) 384-6376.