Making a Home Insurance Claim After Hurricane Matthew

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Post-Hurricane Woes

In the wake of Hurricane Matthew, homes and property are devastated, demolished, and damaged. Making a claim for your property damage can oftentimes be confusing and troubling, with for-profit insurance companies doing whatever they can to deny or delay valid claims.

An insurance company must provide you with a bill of rights within 14 days of receiving your first communication about your claim for property damage. The insurance company’s failure to comply does not create a separate cause of action or claim. However, it can help make sure your claim gets fair and prompt attention.

According to this bill of rights, you have a right to:

  • acknowledgment of your reported claim within 14 days
  • confirmation that your claim is covered, partially covered, or denied
  • free mediation of your disputed claim by the Florida Department of Financial Services
  • neutral evaluation of your disputed claim

Contact the Florida Department of Financial Services, Division of Consumer Services’ toll-free helpline for assistance with any insurance claim or questions pertaining to the handling of your claim. You can reach the Helpline by phone at 1-877-MY-FL-CFO , or you can seek assistance online.

You are entitled to fair and just compensation after damage from a hurricane!


The attorneys at Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes represent those involved in car accidents, motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, and other types of personal injury matters. Our firm is one of the oldest personal injury law firms in Tampa Bay. There are no attorneys’ fees or costs unless we prevail for you. Call our office 24 hours a day at 727-796-8282 or simply click here to schedule a free case consultation.

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