Severe Thunderstorm Damage Hits Dallas AreaApril 4, 2014
Numerous North Texas cities suffered from severe thunderstorm damage this week. Several Dallas-area suburbs reported high winds, large hail and at least one tornado. The storms delivered damage to cars, homes and power lines in several counties north and east of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. While local authorities have not yet reported any fatalities and few injuries, area residents are now faced with the cleanup and repair chores that go along with the aftermath of springs storms in “Tornado Alley”.
Extent of Severe Thunderstorm Damage
According to the National Weather Service, a tornado touched down in the town of Krum, about 45 miles northwest of Dallas. A suspected tornado destroyed a farmhouse and injured four people near Merit. Students at both the University of North Texas and Texas Woman’s University in Denton reported seeing golf-ball sized hail earlier on Thursday. In Farmersville, a town 35 miles northeast of Dallas, the severe thunderstorm damage included fallen trees and utility poles as well as torn roofs and dented cars.
Repairs After Severe Thunderstorm Damage
As authorities and observers assess the severe thunderstorm damage, the costs to repair and restore much of the property damage could run well into the millions of dollars. Homes, vehicles and businesses all sustained damage from the winds, rain and hailstones that devastated the area. After the cleaning crews have removed the debris and contractors calculate the costs to return the damaged property to its original condition, the next step for those affected will often be to file claims with their insurance agencies.
Insurance Adjusters and Severe Thunderstorm Damage
Insurance companies will send their adjusters to assess the level of severe thunderstorm damage throughout the region. These adjusters will review the documentation from both the homeowner and local authorities to determine the extent of the damage and the costs involved in restoring the property. The adjusters will also examine the homeowner’s current policy to learn if the homeowner’s coverage provides adequate protection from and compensation for the sustained damage.
Severe Thunderstorm Damage and Insurance Payments
While most homeowners rely on their insurance claims to recover from severe thunderstorm damage, the insurance companies rely on their adjusters to assess the damage in a way that favors the providers, not the homeowners. Insurance companies have frequently looked at ways to deny or underpay on claims. They may accomplish this by citing obscure clauses in their policies or inadequate precautions on the part of the homeowner. As part of their profit motive, insurance companies have sought out any means by which they can cushion the blow to their bottom lines when such devastating events occur.
Find a Severe Thunderstorm Damage Lawyer
When an insurer denies or underpays a valid claim, the homeowner may consider pursuing legal action against the insurer. To find out how we can help you recover from severe thunderstorm damage, contact us today at 877-892-2797. Our intake team will quickly connect you to a severe thunderstorm damage lawyer, or you can fill out the “Free Case Evaluation” form at the top of this page.