PENSACOLA, Fla., Nov. 8 2004 LAWFUEL – Litigation, law, le…

PENSACOLA, Fla., Nov. 8 2004 LAWFUEL – Litigation, law, legal, law firm, attorney news Hurricane season may be coming to a close, but it is open season on insurance companies. The aftermath of Ivan
and other hurricanes has created a completely new kind of storm surge —
hurricane claim litigation. And one Pensacola attorney, Samuel Bearman, is
setting the stage for a battle of mammoth proportions.

“A lot of insurance companies are basically abandoning their customers by
refusing to pay out reasonable amounts on hurricane damage claims,” says
Bearman, leading attorney in hurricane claim litigation. “Sometimes they deny
coverage altogether and pay nothing.”

“Can you imagine paying those premiums for all those years — thinking
that you’d be covered if a hurricane hit — and then when you need your
insurance company the most, they basically tell you to jump off a bridge?
It’s unconscionable. I am more determined than ever to help my clients get
the money they’re entitled to to rebuild their homes, their businesses … and
their lives,” says a resolute Bearman.

In fact, he has already begun. In a lawsuit dated October 28, 2004 and
filed in the Circuit Court of Escambia County, Florida, by the Law Offices of
Samuel W. Bearman (, Mr. Bearman has initiated what is
believed to be the first Hurricane Ivan lawsuit in Pensacola. In the suit,
Finley v. United States Automobile Association, Bearman alleges that the
defendant breached its insurance policy agreement by not paying the Finleys
for the total loss of their house and for its contents due to Ivan. He also
alleges the defendant should have advised his clients of the availability of,
and reasonable need to purchase, flood insurance. He primarily seeks damages
in the suit.

“This is only the beginning,” Bearman comments. He expects a merciless
barrage of hurricane lawsuits to ensue so long as insurance companies continue
to “absolve themselves of responsibility.”

Bearman, who filed over 50 hurricane lawsuits after Hurricane Opal in 1995
and who recently authored the widely-circulated report, “12 Things You Should
Know When Filing Your Hurricane Damage Claim,” has received significant
television, radio and newspaper coverage for his hurricane law experience.

For more information on the lawsuit, to request a copy of the free
hurricane report, or to interview Mr. Bearman, call (800) 760-6065.

This release was issued on behalf of the above organization by
Send2Press(TM), a unit of Neotrope(R).

Samuel Bearman, Attorney at Law
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