A fire can scorch both your property and your security in one devastating blaze. When an insurance company denies your fire damage claim, it adds to your traumatic experience.
However, just because an insurance company denies your fire damage claim doesn’t mean you can’t get reimbursed.
You simply need to press harder.
Many times, exerting legal pressure with the help of a fire insurance claim lawyer can change the outcome of your case.
If the insurance company denied your claim, call the fire insurance claims attorneys at The Johns Firm.
Our lawyers will investigate your claim denial and advise you of your legal options.
If you would like to learn more about fire insurance claim denials, keep reading.
Fire Damage Coverage
A structure fire can result from lightning, candles, electrical malfunction, or many other everyday events.
Fires not only pose a threat to human life, but they can also quickly destroy a structure.
Most homeowner’s insurance policies cover fire damage to a dwelling as well as personal property, landscaping, and additional structures on the property.
Smoke Damage Coverage
Smoke can saturate fabrics like carpets, rugs, and curtains.
Smoke can also discolor flooring, woodwork, and counters.
Smoke damage insurance claims depend on whether these household items need cleaning and repair or replacement.
A homeowner’s insurance policy usually covers damage by fire, smoke, soot, or ash.
Partial vs. Total Loss
When assessing fire damage insurance claims, an insurance company might declare the property a partial or total loss.
A partial loss means that the property has some damage but not complete destruction.
A total loss refers to property that is completely destroyed. This property cannot be repaired and requires replacement.
If the foundation of your property sustains fire damage, then the insurance company may declare your property a total loss.
Reasons Your Claim May Be Denied
Even if you’ve dutifully paid your insurance premiums on a policy that covers fire damage, your claim could still be denied.
An insurance company will work with appraisers and investigators to determine the extent and validity of fire damage claims.
After investigating, the insurance company might find some reason to deny your claim. You may find yourself in this frustrating situation for one of these reasons.
The insurance company may claim that you set the fire intentionally.
The insurance company may say your property is worth less than you believe.
Insurance Terms Violation
Your insurance policy likely includes lots of fine print, including specific terms.
For instance, if you were conducting an illegal act, such as using drugs, and caused the fire, the insurance will likely deny the claim.
Accusation of Fraud
The insurance company may accuse you of committing insurance fraud. For instance, the company may believe that some of your property was damaged before the fire.
How a Fire Insurance Attorney Can Help
If your insurance company denied a fire damage claim, an experienced fire insurance attorney could help.
A fire insurance claim lawyer will investigate your claim, advocate for your rights, and negotiate with the insurance company for the settlement you’re owed.
At The Johns Law Firm, we represent wrongfully denied policyholders in disputes with their insurance companies.
We’ve helped hundreds of clients recover collective millions of dollars from insurance companies. We want to help you too.
To start, we offer a free consultation where we will review your case and determine your best legal options.
Then our fire insurance claim lawyers will negotiate with your insurance company for your maximum compensation.
Give us a call so we can work together to try to get your wrongful insurance claim denial reversed.