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Dealing with the aftermath of a hurricane

The hurricane season can be deadly, and many people may find themselves stranded. People seek shelter before hurricanes even hit their homes. People often do not know the extent of hurricane damage to their homes while they are away. Tracking hurricanes allows people to estimate the impact of a storm.

It’s not until the people are back home that they realize the full extent of damage. There are several things that victims should consider when dealing with the aftermath.

Find Temporary Shelter

Hurricane victims may know that they will not be returning to their homes anytime soon. There could be fallen trees, loose wiring or unstable structures which make it unsafe for the homeowner to remain in their home. In this case, it may be necessary to seek temporary shelter while hurricane insurance companies work on arranging for more permanent accommodations.

Damage to Your Property: How to Determine the Extent of Damage

It may be necessary for victims to inspect their property before they can make a claim with their insurance company. When inspecting their home, homeowners should take care. A structure that is unstable can make it dangerous to inspect the property.

The victims should check for external and internal damage if the house appears to be structurally sound. The roof may have been damaged by a hurricane and the tiles torn, which can indicate water damage and weathering. Flooding can also cause severe damage to homes with only one floor. Mold can still grow in a home that has a basement, even if it suffers less damage.

Hurricanes can affect thousands of people. In these times of crisis, insurers may not be willing to provide full assistance to their clients. In order to receive compensation for their losses, victims may need to know their legal options.

This post was written by Kelly-Ann Jenkins of Jenkins Law P.L. Kelly-Ann is a car accident attorney in St Pete. She focuses on personal injury, car accidents, and bicyclist injuries. The information on this site is not intended to and does not offer legal advice, legal recommendations, or legal representation on any matter. Hiring an attorney is an important decision, which should not be based on advertising. You need to consult an attorney for legal advice regarding your situation.

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