Residents in the DFW area are no strangers to extreme storms. The area has a reputation for expensive hail storms that cause billions of dollars in damage. It appears the area is already living up to its reputation, sustaining two severe hail storms within less than a month. The hail has caused significant damage to properties, including roofs, HVAC equipment, and siding, among others.
On March 24th, residents of Frisco, Texas were alerted to the city’s outdoor warning sirens at 6:00 pm. The sirens were turned on because of a severe storm that swept through the area. In neighborhoods like Frisco, McKinney, and Allen, Texas, hail was described as falling “like a snowstorm.” Residents were shocked when hail just started piling up on the ground outside. The storm hit much of Collin County before moving out of the area. Fortunately no injuries were reported from the storm, but property owners did suffer damage.
Residents might have thought they would have a decent amount of time before the next big storm, but Mother Nature was just getting started. On Saturday, April 13th, another storm moved into Collin and Dallas Counties. Residents reported hail up to one inch in size. With the hail came strong wind and a heavy down pouring of rain.
Many people might think hail is fairly innocuous, but as residents of the DFW area know, it can wreak havoc on properties. In addition to the damage caused by hail, many commercial property owners will deal with dishonest insurance companies that use bad faith tactics to avoid paying out on valid claims. Oftentimes insurance companies will wrongly assess the property damage at less than the amount of the deductible or state it is a result of poor maintenance, rather than hail. This leaves property owners on the hook for the cost of repairs, but all policyholders have rights. When an insurance company wrongly denies or undervalues a claim, policyholders can pursue their rightful compensation by filing a lawsuit.