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Great Balls of Fire: Fighting Your Insurance Company Over Fire & Smoke Damage

“You couldn’t ask for a worse situation,” Santa Barbara, Calif. Sheriff Bill Brown said at a news conference regarding the fire on the dive-boat Conception, which became fully engulfed in flames as more than 30 passengers slept below deck.  The loss is horrific.

The cause of the Sept. 2 fire, which killed 34 people, is now the subject of an intensive investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board, the U.S. Coast Guard, and other federal and county agencies.  A preliminary investigation has suggested serious safety deficiencies aboard the vessel.

Fire damage to your home, boat or business can be sudden and devastating.  If you have suffered smoke or fire damage and your insurance company seeks to deny, delay or underpay your valid claim, we encourage you to contact the experienced insurance lawyers at Corless Barfield Trial Group at 813-258-4998.

Fire damage is a hot topic in the news.  A jury in Oakland, Calif., recently found one man not guilty of 36 counts of involuntary manslaughter in the 2016 fire at Oakland’s Ghost Ship warehouse but could not reach a verdict for the building’s leaseholder.  It was one of the deadliest nightclub fires in U.S. history, killing 36 people.

The Ghost Ship fire tore through a late-night party in Oakland’s Fruitvale neighborhood that had been transformed into a ramshackle artist collective known as Ghost Ship.  The jury’s verdict begs the question, what is the duty owed to the public to protect from a fire?

Whether your home or business was completely destroyed by a fire or only partially damaged, your insurance company will attempt to delay, deny or underpay your property damage claim.

Homeowners and business owners should bring in a policyholder attorney to help prove the worth of their fire claims and protect their rights. Insurance companies rarely contemplate the hidden effects of a fire in your home or business when they consider your compensation package and initial settlement offer.

Besides the structural damage, fires can also damage heating and cooling systems, plumbing, and concrete or steel building materials.  Additionally, there is the costly damage caused by smoke, soot, and the water used to fight the fire.

The Florida-based attorneys at Corless Barfield Trial Group will investigate your case, and consult with our team of insurance and engineering experts, to determine the full value of your claim.

We will fight for you in court to obtain the money that you deserve from the insurance company to which you have dutifully paid your insurance premiums.

The policyholder attorneys at Corless Barfield Trial Group have years of experience working with homeowners and business owners throughout Florida who have been treated unfairly by their insurance companies, and we would be happy to help you.  Contact us at 813-258-4998 for a free consultation.


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