HOUSTON, Sept. 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Hurricane Harvey has caused wide spread and ongoing flooding in Texas and Louisiana. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has enhanced the flood insurance claims process and extended the time for policy holders to evaluate their losses and the adjusters' reports. The sixty (60) day proof of loss requirement has been waived and the deadline for submitting a complaint of Proof of Loss for Hurricane Harvey is 365 days (one year) from the date of loss.
The Proof of Loss claim, will help determine how much money a policy holder will receive for repairs. With the extension of the filing deadline, policy holders will have adequate time to evaluate their loss, have the damage surveyed by experts and get the Proof of Loss claim timely filed without rushing through the process. Also, the extended time will allow policy holders additional time to work with their supplemental claims, such as concealed damage uncovered when making repairs.
"An issue arises because a great number of homeowners and business owners are still actively involved in the recovery process as a result of contractor and supplier issues that typically follow a catastrophic event," said Derek H. Potts, National Managing Partner in Houston. "This is a small, but important victory for flood survivors who continue to struggle with the painfully frustrating flood insurance process."
Potts Law Firm, a Houston-based law firm, filed a class action on September 3, 2017, in the Harris County District Court seeking to represent all individuals and businesses recently affected by the Harris County Flood Control District's and City of Houston's handling of "controlled release" of water from the county's Addicks and Barker reservoirs on August 28, 2017. As a result of the release, it is estimated that thousands of homeowners and business owners' properties were flooded who had previously escaped flooding from Hurricane Harvey itself.
Potts Law Firm is also pleased to announce that Attorney Martin L. Mayo had joined the firm as Of Counsel. Mayo has concentrated his practice in flood insurance coverage matters, representing both plaintiffs and defendants. He has extensive trial experience, trying more than 75 cases to verdict in jury trials in state and federal courts. In the past five years alone, Mayo has represented more than 200 families or businesses with wind and flood claims relating to hurricanes. He has screened hundreds of storm and flood claims over the years. Mayo is Board Certified in personal injury trial law in the state of Texas. He has been nominated to the American Board of Trial Advocates. He is a past President of the South Texas College of Law Alumni Association.
Widely recognized for their expertise in complex litigation and trials, Potts Law Firm has obtained record-setting verdicts and settlements on behalf of clients in state and federal courts across the country. The attorneys with Potts Law Firm are dedicated to fighting for the rights of victims of flood and wind catastrophes.
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