The chances of a tornado occurring in Texas are greater than in any other state. As a consequence, in Texas, citizens often have to deal with serious tornado damage. Remember, the first thing that you need to always consider is your family’s safety and your own well-being.
In addition, there are certain steps that you should take to minimize the damage so that more loss does not occur. Not taking steps to mitigate future losses can seriously jeopardize your claim. You should also be aware of how to file a claim with your insurance company.
Tornadoes can be some of the strongest and deadliest weather events that we may have to deal with here in Texas. Regrettably, we have witnessed too many property owners have their claims seriously delayed or even completely denied due to the fact that they did not take the proper steps to deal with tornado damage.
If you feel that you have a claim for tornado damage, contact our law offices by calling 855-786-7674. We will be happy to schedule a free consultation and review your property damage claim.
What Are Some of the First Steps That I Should Take After Experiencing Tornado Damage?
One of the most crucial aspects of dealing with damage caused by a tornado is to ascertain if you and your family members are all safe. Check for injuries and do not move any individual who is seriously wounded unless they are in immediate danger.
When entering a structure that has been damaged be cautious of broken glass or nails that have become exposed.
If safe to do so, shut off propane tanks, natural gas, and electrical power to avoid explosions, fire, or electrocution.
Keep a safe distance from any downed power lines as well as any objects that are in contact with them.
Use flashlights or battery-operated lanterns during a power outage
Never under any circumstances attempt to use natural gas, propane, or gasoline-burning devices inside your home until after the area has been fully inspected for potential hazards.
Do I Have to Use My Insurance Company’s Contractor or Can I Use My Own?
Typically, when you file a property damage claim with your insurance company, they will send out what is called a “recommended contractor.” They will tell you that utilizing someone from their network is the fastest way to return your home to its previous condition.
Insurance companies often employ their own network of contractors to help keep their expenses down. Their preferred contractors are given a large amount of work in exchange for them performing the work at a lower cost than other contractors.
There is nothing unethical about these types of procedures that the insurance company may use. Nevertheless, you are not obligated to do so in any way.
Do I Need the Help of An Attorney in Dealing With Tornado Damage?
As with any type of property damage claim, the first thing that you should do is speak with an experienced attorney regarding your case. The paperwork involved in property damage claims can be confusing and often difficult to understand. The members of our legal team can review your damage and claim and make certain that it is ready to be filed.
Tornado damage is never something that should be taken lightly. However, with the proper guidance, the attorneys at our law firm can help you through this difficult time in your life. Call our law offices today at 855-786-7674 and schedule a free initial case review today.