FEMA releases letters to Sandy victims offering to revisit claims

Posted on Thursday, May 21st, 2015 at 4:54 pm    

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has started releasing letters offering homeowners devastated by Superstorm Sandy to have their claims reviewed, NJ.com reported May 18.

The move has been undertaken amid allegations that flood insurers altered Hurricane Sandy damage reports to shortchange claimants. After receiving the letter, homeowners are given 90 days to respond. They can also request a review either by calling 866-337-4262 or by downloading a request form online. FEMA, on the other hand, is given 90 days to finish a review upon receiving it.

U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez hopes that FEMA’s action would give homeowners the opportunity to obtain the aid they are legitimately entitled to.

Flood insurers employing bad business practices to reject or delay the benefits of claimants who qualify for coverage are breaching their commitment to serve their policy holders. The legal team at Williams Kherkher might be able to fight on your behalf for the funds you need to repair your home. Call us at 888-384-6376 to learn more about the legal options available to you.

FEMA seeks to collect overpayment of aid with interest

Posted on Tuesday, May 5th, 2015 at 2:40 pm    

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is determined to collect the $24 million it overpaid to 3,600 beneficiary families in five Sandy-stricken states–plus interest, The Telegraph reported on May 4.

This is amid criticism surrounding allegations that engineers shortchanged Hurricane Sandy policy owners by doctoring damage reports. Under political pressure, FEMA has agreed to investigate this matter.

However, when it comes to re-collecting erroneously distributed funds, FEMA is ready to enlist the help of debt collectors. Apart from the initial amount, the agency is demanding an interest of 1% if the money is not paid within 30 days. After 90 days, the interest will rise to 6%. If no payment is made after 120 days, FEMA will turn over the debt to the U.S. Treasury, which can call in debt collectors and impose additional penalties.

This is again another blow to Hurricane Sandy survivors who are still recuperating from the devastation brought about by the storm. Many homeowners have been delayed or denied funds by bad faith insurance companies. If you have experienced this, the attorneys of Williams Kherkher may fight on your behalf for the compensation due to you. Learn more by calling our offices at 888-384-6376 today.

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.

NYC’s Build it Back program full of mismanagement and billing errors

Posted on Tuesday, April 7th, 2015 at 5:33 pm    

An audit by the city comptroller states that NYC’s Build it Back program paid contractors $6.8 million for work that was improperly or inadequately carried out, ABC News reported on March 31.

City comptroller Scott Stringer stated that under the previous administration of Michael Bloomberg, the city’s program, which was supposed to help homeowners repair and elevate their homes after Hurricane Sandy, was filled with mismanagement and billing errors. Stringer said contractors were overpaid or billed for processing an incomplete or insufficient application. Stringer added that the city’s Office of Housing Recovery Operations failed to monitor contractors and subcontractors; one subcontractor hired untrained and under-educated employees.

A spokeswoman for the Mayor’s Office said the current administration is implementing the report’s recommendations as part of its efforts to overhaul the program.

Some Hurricane Sandy victims have unfortunately been forced to deal with unfair flood insurers who refuse to provide the financial assistance they are obligated to. We at Williams Kherkher might be able to help you pursue a case against a flood insurer acting in bad faith. Call us at 888-384-6376 for a free case consultation today.

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.

Menendez and Pallone bill hopes to halt FEMA recoupment

Posted on Monday, January 26th, 2015 at 5:29 pm    

Two New Jersey federal Democratic lawmakers said they are planning to present a bill next week that aims to forgive the debts of certain households who were asked to return Hurricane Sandy funds overpaid by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), a report by NJ.com stated on January 16.

U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez and Rep. Frank Pallone said Hurricane Sandy victims who have an annual income of less than $200,000 should be exempted from FEMA’s effort to claw back over-payments, saying that these people are still struggling to recover and simply cannot afford to refund the money.  Currently, the FEMA is asking for the reimbursement of approximately $5.6 million from about 809 overpaid households.

Hurricane Sandy left thousands of people struggling to recover from the devastation it caused. Sadly, many families still have not obtained the financial aid their insurers once promised. If your insurer has been unfair to you, our attorneys at Williams Kherkher may help you pursue legal action. Call us at 888-384-6376 today.

Homeowners displaced by Sandy to receive payment for temporary housing

Posted on Monday, January 5th, 2015 at 3:10 pm    

New York City will start paying rent for thousands of Hurricane Sandy victims who need to relocate for at least a month as their homes undergo repair or elevation, The Daily News reported on December 19.

Under NYC’s Build It Back program, up to 4,500 households could benefit from the dole-out, which plans to provide a monthly payment of up to $1,481 and $1,904 for two-bedroom and three-bedroom apartments, respectively. In an interview, director of housing recovery Amy Peterson said the move will accelerate the city’s recovery program while providing affected homeowners the financial relief they need.

Previously, residents forced out of their homes needed to pay for their temporary housing while keeping up with their mortgage, making it difficult to address additional repair expenses.

Years after Hurricane Sandy ravaged parts of the country, some homeowners still find it difficult to recover from the destruction it brought. Unfortunately, recovery can be especially hard for homeowners whose insurers failed to provide their policy holders the financial aid they once promised. If a flood insurer has been unfair to you, seek legal assistance by consulting with an attorney at Williams Kherkher. Call us today at 888-384-6376 to learn more.