FEMA and NFIP admit blame in Hurricane Sandy Claims

It’s been two years since the Hurricane Sandy disaster, but the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has finally decided to reopen and review 142,000 homeowners’ flood insurance claims relating to storm damage from Sandy. This announcement was made after years of pressure from homeowners, businessowners an lawmakers resulting from allegations that FEMA underpaid claims or fraudulently altered engineering reports that reduced claim payouts.

This will be good news for homeowners who have been fighting for Hurricane Sandy claims that they believe were undepaid or unfairly denied. To begin the review, homeowners will need to initiate a formal request to “opt-in” to the Hurricane Sandy Claim Review. Letters were sent out starting late March to inform homeowners and businessowners of this announcement. If a claim is proven to have been wrongfully underpaid or denied, these homeowners may receive more money, up to a maximum of $250,000 for property and $100,000 for dwelling contents.  From the date of reopening  a claim. Hurricane Sandy victims will apparently have only two weeks to submit new evidence of damage. If you are reopening your claim, we highly recommend contacting legal counsel to ensure that you get the compensation you deserve.

If you are looking for a free legal consultation, the attorneys at Weisbrod Matteis & Copley PLLC (“WMC”) are prepared to help property owners recover Hurricane Sandy claim payments.  WMC will work for claimants on a contingency basis, meaning they only receive a fee if a claim is successful.  The firm will also advance all costs associated with filing the claim.  For more information, property owners may refer to the WMC Hurricane Sandy website.

* Weisbrod Matteis & Copley PLLC,  1200 New Hampshire Avenue NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20036; [add Sandy 800#].

* Weisbrod Matteis & Copley PLLC attorneys are licensed in New York, Connecticut, and the District of Columbia.  For all New Jersey cases, Weisbrod Matteis & Copley PLLC will be working with Monzo Catanese Hillegass, P.C., 211 Bayberry Drive, Suite 2A, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210.

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