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Understanding sinkholes

 If you are a resident of Florida, you are probably aware of the risk of sinkholes. According to the University of Florida, this phenomenon occurs when the material under the earth's surface disintegrates, often due to water damage. The surface then caves in, creating a chasm. A sinkhole on the road or in your neighborhood could be large enough to cause significant damage. We at Tyler & Hamilton, P.A. Attorneys at Law understand the devastating effects that a sinkhole could have on your property, and we fight to ensure that insurance companies honor their financial responsibility for the necessary repairs.

An insurance company's requirements for claim handling

Hurricane season has brought a slew of storms -- most notably Irma -- to Florida lately, wreaking havoc throughout the state. The large amount of loss and damage means insurance companies are receiving a massive number of claims as the aftermath is assessed.

Irma causes agency to take emergency action on insurance

For homeowners in Florida, dealing with damage from a hurricane is one of their biggest fears. Even those whose homes sustained only minor damage can still face major headaches. Having insurance is vital but going through the claims process can be difficult and frustrating.

Insurance claims after a hurricane

When a hurricane strikes Florida, the effects can be dire. Sometimes thousands of people must evacuate, and some lose their homes entirely. Those who have homeowner's insurance should be protected from complete ruin and able to rebuild, but unfortunately, that is not always the case. Since some insurance companies fail to honor their commitment, it is important for home owners to know the potential pitfalls they could face when filing a claim.

Claims for lightning strikes are on the rise

Florida's geographical location and climate mean that Jacksonville residents are subject to their fair share of weather-related catastrophes. Big storms, and not just hurricanes, often bring huge gusts of wind and occassionally, lightning. At Tyler & Hamilton, P.A., we understand that when a storm damages your home, filing an insurance claim for repairs is your top priority.

Florida insurer cancels thousands of policies

Florida residents who own homes and other property in the state should always be able to count on their insurance companies for help after a disaster like a hurricane, a flood or a fire. However, this can be a challenge at times when insurers and policy owners fail to agree on the causes, costs or other details of a claim. People who file fraudulent claims may also end up having a negative impact on honest homeowners.

Common reasons for commercial property claim denials

One of the most important types of protection any business owner in Jacksonville can have is a comprehensive policy to cover their company. With the risk of property damage looming overhead, the right coverage can make it easier for them to sleep at night. As important as it is to have an active policy, it is equally important for business owners to be aware of the common issues they may encounter when they submit claims. 

Vacancy exclusions, arson and denied claims

A person who purchases a homeowners insurance policy should not assume that because a type of disaster is mentioned in the coverage, that all instances of that disaster would be treated in the same way. Fire is one of these that often has notable exceptions. According to HomeInsurance.org, neither a fire in a vacant house or arson is usually covered by a typical policy.

An overview of Florida homeowner's insurance guidelines

Getting the right property insurance is critical to protecting your home. Whenever your home suffers catastrophic damage, often the only way to stave off bankruptcy and fix your home, is to go through your homeowner's insurance. But it is important that you understand exactly what is and is not covered by your policy. This post will go over the basics of property insurance and how things are valued.

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