A pipe burst is one of the most destructive things that can happen to a home and poses a real nightmare for the homeowner. Imagine coming home to see your house flooded and finding valuable personal belongings and furniture irreparably damaged. The water damage from a burst pipe can cost tens of thousands of dollars, and if not properly dealt with, can even cause structural damage to the home. There is also the subsequent risk of mold and mildew growth, which cause unsanitary conditions and can even make your house unsellable.
Water damage caused by the pipe burst is usually covered by insurance, but whatever causes it may not be. Insurance companies often claim that the pipe burst is only covered under flood insurance and will, therefore only cover part of the repair cost. In other instances, the insurance company may claim that the homeowner was negligent or cite other reasons to deny the homeowner’s pipe burst claim.
A pipe burst can cause serious water damage to your home and costly and irreplaceable personal belongings and furniture. If you are facing an insurance dispute involving a pipe burst, please call the law offices of Anidjar & Levine, P.A. today. It is important to seek the advice of a knowledgeable attorney who will fight to get you the compensation you deserve. The attorneys at Anidjar & Levine have extensive experience handling Florida pipe burst claims and are well-equipped to do the investigation necessary to bring an effective legal claim. We will use all of our knowledge and experience to fight for your best interests as a homeowner, and represent you in any disputes with insurance companies.
Recovering from Devastating Pipe Burst Damage in Fort Lauderdale Homes
When pipes in the walls of Fort Lauderdale homes fail or burst unexpectedly, massive flooding and water damage often result. From broken supply lines to sewer backups, pipe failures can instantly destroy flooring, drywall, furnishings, and personal property. Pursuing insurance claims for this flooding damage is complex, but an attorney can help maximize reimbursement.
A key first step is immediately stopping further damage from continuing water flow. Once stabilized, extensively document the loss through photos, video, and written lists of all damaged or destroyed property. Home insurance policies have strict time limits for reporting claims, so contact your agent promptly even before fully quantifying losses.
An attorney understands what coverages may apply, including flood insurance through the NFIP if not triggered by a storm. They can compel the insurer to cover the replacement of water-damaged drywall and flooring, treatment for mold growth, loss of furnishings and valuables, costs of temporary displacement, and related emergency expenses.
Expect high permit costs and contractor overhead when extensively renovating after pipe damage. Your counsel will fight to prove the true scope and value of reconstruction. Beware insurers defining repairs narrowly to limit costs. Experts like engineers and construction consultants can counter insurer positions.
No Fort Lauderdale family suffering devastating pipe burst flooding should accept lowballed insurance estimates. The right legal advocate will battle for every dollar owed under your policy. They know how to appeal wrongful denials successfully and minimize out-of-pocket expenses from massive uncovered pipe damage.
If you require legal assistance with an insurance claim due to a burst pipe, call 800-747-3733 or submit our online “Contact Us” form to schedule a free consultation with an experienced South Florida pipe burst attorney. You can count on us to get you the maximum compensation you are entitled to.
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