The Texas Department of Insurance estimates that in 2020, fires caused more than $636 million worth of property damage claims. The agency notes that nearly 8,000 fires occurred that year.
Although a fire can start just about anywhere, there are a few types of fires that home and business owners suffer most often:
To give you an idea of how devastating wildfires in Texas can be, consider these facts:
Wildfire damage can cause extensive damage to your house or commercial property, and even if you’ve paid all your insurance premiums on time, you still may not have all your losses covered. Our Dallas and Houston wildfire lawyers can help you recover what you’re due.
No matter the fire’s cause, the effects are the same. Your home or business may suffer one or more of the following types of fire damage:
The structure of your home or business and its contents, fixtures, and furnishings may be damaged.
If your business closes, either temporarily or permanently, you may receive compensation for the loss in profits while you rebuild.
Even if the flames don’t cause serious structural damage, the interior of your house or office may still suffer toxic, foul-smelling smoke damage. Smoke and soot damage can be quite costly to clean up.
There are several types of smoke, each causing specific types of damage, including:
Many buildings may have smoke residue, which may be noticeable discoloration or a visible residue. Smoke residue includes ash, soot, or other smoke-related debris.
Damage from water may not be the first thing people think of when they think of fire damage, but in many cases, the water your fire department uses to put out the fire can cause more damage than the fire and smoke — especially if it’s not cleaned up immediately, and mold or mildew start growing.
Each property requires different approaches to cleaning and restoring it, from odor removal to mold remediation. You should be compensated for all the necessary cleaning.
As your Texas fire damage claim attorneys, we act in your best interests. We fight hard so you get full coverage for all the home or business repairs you need.
Property owners may have smoke and fire insurance separate from their general insurance coverage policy. Business owners may have smoke damage coverage for damaged items in their facility, and homeowners may have coverage for damage to clothing, furniture, and other personal items.
Your homeowner's insurance policy may cover your belongings. And the extent of the policy coverage for damage after a wildfire or other kind of fire may also include:
Beyond covering your actual damaged property, many homeowners' fire damage insurance policies also cover your relocation while your home is repaired, like a hotel stay, restaurant bills, and other expenses you wouldn’t have incurred had the fire not happened.
Texas homeowners aren’t the only ones who benefit from a fire insurance policy. Business owners may be eligible to claim multiple losses after a fire, including:
Extra expenses, such as relocating the business somewhere else to continue operating, ordering supplies from a new location, or paying extra for employees to keep operating going, may be eligible as well.
Property owners believe that their fire insurance company will do right by them after a devastating emergency. Unfortunately, this is not always the case.
Insurance companies are notorious for undervaluing or denying legitimate claims, leaving a residential or commercial property owner with thousands of dollars in repairs to pay.
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Faulty wiring, unattended cooking equipment, candles, or smoking are all common causes of house fires. Although homeowners insurance may cover some of the fire damage, there are a few situations when fire damage will not be covered.
If the home was considered vacant at the time of the fire — unoccupied for more than 30 days — it likely won’t be covered. And if arson caused the fire, even if the homeowner didn’t purposely set the fire themselves, deliberate fire is a criminal offense and not covered.
Insurance companies have many legitimate reasons to deny a fire damage claim, such as:
If your denial wasn’t one of these reasons, you could be looking at a bad-faith insurance claim case.
However, even if the insurance company named one of these reasons for denying the claim, but you know that their denial is inaccurate, you could still have grounds for a bad-faith insurance suit. Ask for your claim to be reviewed for an adjuster error.
Perhaps the insurance company accepts the claim but undervalues it, delays the payment (which delays your repairs), or drags its heels in investigating the claim. This, too, is bad-faith insurance practice.
A Special Investigation Unit (SIU) is tasked with investigating potential insurance fraud. These units look at suspicious claims, so if you receive a notice that the adjuster from an SIU is looking into your case, expect each part, from the initial claim you filed to your item inventory and estimated business losses, to be heavily scrutinized.
You may have a background check or even be placed under surveillance. The insurance company may also require you to submit to questioning under oath.