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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.

New Jersey courts amend laws to fast-track Sandy-related litigation

Posted on Monday, September 15th, 2014 at 6:24 pm    

In light of an already swelling number of Hurricane Sandy-related property damage cases pending in the courts of New Jersey, the state’s federal judiciary embarked on a move that would ultimately cut the time it takes Sandy-related claims to be resolved in half.

A report published by the New Jersey Law Journal on Wednesday, August 27 states that U.S. District Chief Judge Jerome Simandle recently initiated changes in the local civil laws relevant to claims of water and wind damages brought about by the superstorm. The amendments include lowering the time extension for hearing to a maximum of 14 days, maintaining Hurricane Sandy-related civil mediation within a time frame of 30 days, and having demands for new cases be written within 30 days, instead of 60.

The standing order, which is expected to remain effective for twelve months, hopes to slash the time needed in resolving Hurricane Sandy property damage claims to only six months after being filed.

Nearly two years after Hurricane Sandy hit New Jersey, many New Jerseyans still cannot have their homes rebuilt, primarily due to their insurer’s failure to provide financial assistance they genuinely need. If you are considering filing a claim against your insurance company, consult with our team of Hurricane Sandy insurance lawyers at Williams Kherkher by calling 888-384-6376 today.

FEMA’s Sandy assistance in New York reaches $8.7 billion

Posted on Friday, July 25th, 2014 at 8:21 pm    

In a period of one year and six months, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has provided close to $8.7 billion for Hurricane Sandy recovery, the government agency announced on its website on July 7.

From October 29, 2012 to April 18, 2014, the FEMA was able to spend nearly $1 billion for New Yorkers devastated by the super-storm, a large portion of which was used to pay for temporary housing for families displaced by Sandy damage. The agency also stated that the maximum assistance grant of $31,900 was awarded to 5,247 applicants. More than $35 million of the Sandy recovery funds were spent on resiliency projects, while close to $2.5 billion were spent on emergency protective measures, debris removal and infrastructure restoration.

Despite the federal aid that has been given out, many households are still in need of financial assistance to recover from the damages brought about by Sandy. Many insurance companies have attempted to renegade on their obligations to compensate their clients for damages covered under their policies. To learn how to take action against bad faith insurers, consult with a lawyer at Williams Kherkher by calling 888-384-6376 today.