Lawsuit Seeks Proper Payment for Impact Resistant Windows and/or Hurricane Shutters for Thousands of Floridians Whose Homes Were Damaged During Hurricane Wilma
BOCA RATON, Fla.-LAWFUEL – Class Actions Law News -The Hurricane Law Group today announced that a class action lawsuit has been commenced in the Dade County Circuit Court on behalf of Miami-Dade and Broward County residents whose homes were insured by Citizens Property Insurance Corporation (“Citizens”) during Hurricane Wilma and who suffered window damage.
The Complaint alleges that Citizens failed to pay and/or properly adjust claims in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties by ignoring the Florida Building Code’s requirements with regard to the replacement of windows damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Wilma. These requirements necessitate replacing hurricane damaged windows with either high impact glass or non-impact glass and a hurricane shutter. Citizens disregarded the Florida Building Code in its claims adjustment, and policyholders were only paid to repair their damaged windows with simple glass window replacements. As a result tens of thousands of Floridians were underpaid for their Hurricane Wilma losses and are now at risk should another storm strike South Florida.
The Florida Building Code was created after Hurricane Andrew to protect Miami-Dade and Broward County residents from wind damage. By ignoring the Florida Building Code, Citizens is putting South Floridians at increased risk from future storms and lowering the prescribed hurricane resistance of thousands of homes in South Florida. The lawsuit charges that Citizens’ actions are negligent and evince a reckless disregard for the rights and safety of the residents of Florida.
“This is a public safety issue that impacts all of South Florida,” stated Paul Berger, Managing Attorney of the Hurricane Law Group. “Homeowners relied upon Citizens’ adjusters to conduct fair and honest damage evaluations after Hurricane Wilma. They used these evaluations and the monies paid by Citizens under them to repair their home. We believe that these damage evaluations were intentionally incorrect and shows Citizens’ utter disregard for the safety of South Floridians,” continued Berger.
The Hurricane Law Group strongly suggests that all South Floridians who suffered damages from Hurricane Wilma review their insurance claim summaries to see if they were underpaid by their insurance company. The firm is offering a free consultation with an attorney to review damage evaluations for any South Floridian who believes that they were underpaid or has any questions on their claim or how the suit may impact them. Floridians can call toll free 1-888-FLA-CLAIM (888-352-2524) to arrange an attorney review.
About Hurricane Law Group
Hurricane Law Group is a Boca Raton, FL based law firm that exclusively represents policy holders in natural disaster claims. The firm’s attorneys have handled hundreds of hurricane and flood claims and we are the only firm in Florida that focuses exclusively on natural disaster law. Hurricane Law Group offers a wide range of services including damage evaluation, claim supplements, mediation, appraisal and litigation. Firm information and a copy of the lawsuit are available at www.hurricanelawgroup.com.