Hurricane Idalia slammed into Florida as a powerful Category 3 Storm on August 30, 2023 – making landfall in the Big Bend Area. This area of Florida hasn’t seen a hurricane landfall in some time, which made Idalia much more of a threat to the area’s homes and local infrastructure than expected.
What can you do if your property was damaged by Hurricane Idalia?
Homeowners with property damage from Idalia may face a difficult time trying to receive compensation from their insurance company as the state is facing an insurance crisis.
Working with a qualified hurricane property damage attorney is critical to ensuring your claim is filed correctly and on time. Recent changes in Florida’s legal environment place additional burdens on property owners, such as a shortened window to file a claim.
Hurricane Idalia was devasting for Florida residents.
Central and North Florida took the hardest hit from Idalia. In Pasco County alone, it’s estimated that 4,000 to 6,000 homes were inundated. This is damage in just a single county – it does not take into account homes from Central Florida up into the Big Bend and Panhandle. It’s still too early to have an accurate estimate on what the final damage count will be, but we do know this was an immensely powerful Category 3 hurricane with record-breaking 7-foot storm surge in Florida’s Big Bend area, 125 MPH winds, heavy rainfall, and multiple suspected tornado touchdowns.
Hurricane Idalia caused more than $9 billion in estimated insured property damage – and the final count may be higher.
Where does this leave homeowners?
The best thing you can do as a homeowner is to file your claim properly and file it as soon as possible. Recent legislative changes in Florida shortened the window for you to file a hurricane damage claim from two years down to one year.
Getting your property inspected now can save you an expensive headache later on.
After a powerful storm, it’s important to identify any damage that may be present on your property – this includes damage like wind uplift that’s not always easy to spot.
About a year after Hurricane Ian, homeowners began noticing water stains on their ceilings that were caused by wind uplift damage to their roof that went unnoticed until water intrusion occurred and spread to a noticeable area in their home.
This is not a situation you want to find yourself in with Hurricane Idalia.
If damage remains unnoticed, then your window to file a claim may close before you even know your home is damaged. We can help you get your home properly inspected and help file your claim so it’s done right the first time.
A Florida hurricane property damage lawyer can help.
Get a free claim review from an experienced hurricane damage lawyer. Our team is here to help you get started the right way. Furthermore, we know how to build a strong case for your claim and keep the process moving forward.
JT Law Firm has closed millions for our clients.
Helping homeowners collect a fair payout from their insurance company is what we are here for. If you or anyone you know experienced damage from Hurricane Idalia, contact us for a free claim review.
Schedule your complimentary discovery call. Call us at 855-585-2997.