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Apartment Complex Insurance Claims

Local Houston Apartment Complex Owner Files Insurance Lawsuit After Fire Damage Claim Denial

Raizner Law has filed a bad faith insurance lawsuit on behalf of a local Houston apartment complex owner against Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s London, QBE Specialty Insurance Company, General Security Indemnity Company of Arizona, Lexington Insurance Company, International Insurance Company of Hannover, PLC, Indian Harbor Insurance Company, Steadfast Insurance Company, United Specialty Insurance Company, Princeton Excess & Surplus Lines Insurance Company, and Amrisc, LLC.

November 2017 Fire

On November 12, 2017, a fire substantially damaged the plaintiff’s apartment complex property. As a result, the damaged building components include light fixtures, windows, drywall, flooring, HVACs, and the roofing system of the property, among other items. Upon discovering the damage, the plaintiff filed an insurance claim under its policy with the carriers for damages to the property caused by the fire. The plaintiff asked that the cost of repairs be covered pursuant to the policy.

The insurance carriers, through AmRisc, assigned adjusters, consultants, and agents to the plaintiff’s file that were inadequate and improperly trained. Specifically, the claim was assigned to a third party adjusting firm who in turn assigned the claim to its internal adjuster. The internal adjuster conducted an unreasonable and inadequate investigation and denied the claim for fire damage to property.

Despite clear evidence of covered damage, the carriers engaged in and ratified the internal adjuster’s improper claims conduct and ultimately approved a gross underpayment of the contractual damages. This underpayment was issued on March 26, 2018 and it omitted important facts, physical evidence, and meteorological data supporting the plaintiff’s claim. The carriers instead unreasonably blamed the loss on causes other than fire to avoid contractual responsibilities and saved in excess of $1,000,000.

Violations of the Texas Insurance Code

Our client cites numerous violations of the Texas Insurance Code, including failure to effectuate a prompt, fair, and equitable settlement of a claim, failure to adopt and implement reasonable standards for the investigation of a claim, and refusal to pay the claim without conducting a reasonable investigation.

Lawyers for Apartment Complex Insurance Claims

If you are an apartment complex owner, and your property has suffered from wind and hail damage, fire damage, plumbing leaks and water damage, or damage from any type of disaster, you may need legal assistance. Raizner Law has successfully helped apartment complex owners and other business owners with insurance claims against some of the largest insurers in the world. Contact us today for a free consultation to discuss your case.

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Industrial Building Owner Files Bad Faith Insurance Lawsuit After Fire

Raizner Slania LLP has filed a bad faith insurance lawsuit on behalf of an industrial building owner against Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s London – Brit Syndicate 2987 and Hibbs-Hallmark & Company after its insurance claim was wrongfully denied.

Catastrophic Fire Devastates Commercial Property

The plaintiff owns a scrap metal dealing business that processes metal and then sells it to mills for profit. The property encompasses nearly four acres of land and includes multiple buildings, including a large scrap metal yard, a main office building, and several covered areas throughout the property. The business also utilizes numerous machines and large pieces of equipment, such as excavators, shredders, and separators, among others.

On May 5, 2017, a catastrophic fire broke out at the property. As a result, the business equipment on the property was severely damaged. In addition to damaged business equipment, the plaintiff lost extensive business income as a result of the fire damage to the property. Two pieces of industrial machinery were completely destroyed and two others sustained significant damage.

The damaged machinery prevented the plaintiff from processing and preparing its scrap metal. Because of this, the plaintiff lost business on significant materials that could have been purchased and sold to mills for a profit in the course of ordinary business operations. The damaged machines meant the plaintiff was unable to process the metal, so the plaintiff was forced to resell bulk material after the fire. Unfortunately, the post-fire material had to be processed manually, which caused the materials to incur higher labor costs.

Soon after the fire, the plaintiff filed an insurance claim for substantial property damages and lost business income. The plaintiff asked that the cost of the damages be covered pursuant to the policy, but Lloyd’s has refused to make a full payment on the plaintiff’s claim.

Lloyd’s conducted an unreasonable and inadequate investigation of the damages to the equipment and looked to find policy exclusions in order to deny the claim. Lloyd’s wrongfully denied, underpaid, and delayed plaintiff’s claim for actual damages to the property and lost business income. Specifically, Lloyd’s has chosen to continue to deny and delay timely payment of the damages.

Violations of the Texas Insurance Code

Our clients cites numerous violations of the Texas Insurance Code, including the failure to effectuate a prompt, fair, and equitable settlement of a claim and misrepresentation of the insurance policy under which it affords property coverage to the plaintiff. Our client also alleges numerous violations of the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices-Consumer Protection Act.

Get Help With Your Insurance Claim

If your commercial insurance claim includes damage to specialty equipment, you will need the help of an experienced insurance attorney. Insurance companies often try to use dishonest tactics and misrepresentation to deny coverage for specialty equipment. At Raizner Slania LLP, our fire damage insurance attorneys have helped scores of clients with insurance claims and we know how to evaluate specialty equipment insurance claims. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.

Restaurant Insurance Lawyers

Harris County Restaurant Files Fire Damage Insurance Claim Lawsuit

Raizner Slania LLP has filed a bad faith insurance lawsuit for fire damage against Blackboard Insurance Company (formerly known as Hamilton Insurance Company) and Texas General Insurance on behalf of a local restaurant owner.

Catastrophic Restaurant Fire

On September 9, 2017, a catastrophic fire broke out at the restaurant and caused significant damage to the business equipment, which in turn resulted in an extensive loss in income. Soon after the fire, the plaintiff filed an insurance claim and asked that the cost of repairs be covered pursuant to the policy. At the time of the fire, the property was being used in accordance with the plaintiff’s customary operations and business design, the same way the property was being used when the insurance policy was applied for and sold to the plaintiff.

Texas General and one of its agents sold the policy to the plaintiff. However, Texas General and its agent falsely represented to the plaintiff that damages caused by fire, among other things, would be, and indeed are covered by the insurance policy based on the known facts about the business, including the lack of an internal fire alarm system. The plaintiff trusted and relied upon the experience of Texas General and its agent to procure the appropriate coverage for its specialized business needs, and Texas General acted as the agent of Blackboard in connection with the procurement of coverage. Texas General and its agent led the plaintiff to believe the insurance policy secured would cover their business personal property and business income in the event of standard perils, including a fire loss.

Blackboard conducted an unreasonable and inadequate investigation of the damages to the restaurant and looked to find policy exclusions in order to deny the claim. Blackboard wrongfully denied and delayed the plaintiff’s claim for damages to contents and lost business income. Blackboard has chosen to continue to deny and delay timely payment of the damages. Because of Blackboard’s refusal to the pay the claim, the plaintiff has suffered significant economic loss.

Violations Of The Texas Insurance Code

Our client alleges Blackboard violated the Texas Insurance Code by failing to effectuate a prompt, fair, and equitable settlement of the claim and by failing to promptly provide a reasonable explanation for the denial of a claim. Additionally, Texas General and Blackboard misrepresented the policy under which they provided coverage to the plaintiff.

Restaurant Insurance Lawyers

At Raizner Slania LLP, we have extensive experience handling litigation against insurance companies. We provide aggressive, efficient, and effective representation. If you are facing a dispute over a restaurant insurance claim, contact us today for a free consultation to discuss your case.

Commercial Fire Damage Lawyers

Industrial Building Owner Files Lawsuit After Insurance Denial

Our client, an industrial building owner, has filed a lawsuit against Rockhill Insurance Company, International Insurance Company Hannover SE, Antares AUL 1274, Liberty Syndicated LIB 4472, and Vericlaim Inc.

January 2017 Fire

On January 1, 2017, the plaintiff’s property suffered severe damage from a fire that broke out on the property. Immediately upon discovering the damage, the plaintiff filed an insurance claim and asked that the cost of repairs be covered pursuant to the policy.

On February 14, 2017, authorized adjusting representatives from Vericlaim confirmed that the damages were covered under the policy and approved payment for the damage in an official insurance company estimate of damages. On the same day, plaintiffs accepted the estimate of damages creating a binding and enforceable agreement. This should have led to the conclusion of the claim.

Rockhill, Hannorver, Antares, and Liberty are the insurers on the property. In response to the fire claim, the carriers assigned adjusters, consultants, and agents to the plaintiff’s file that were inadequately and improperly trained. In addition, these representatives violated standard insurance practices when directed by the carriers.

Specifically, the claim was assigned to an adjuster who originally prepared the accepted estimate of damages. The carriers refused to honor their coverage representation, and the adjuster failed to stand by the commitment he had made on behalf of the carriers.

Adjusters on the claim failed to perform a thorough investigation of the claim and instead delayed the claim payment and pointed to an approved vendor report in order to reach the non-payment outcome that they desired.

After the February 14 estimate of damages, the carriers and their administrators engaged in deceptive and unfair claim practices by attempting to leverage the claim amount that they knew they owed. The carriers and the adjusters on the claim ignored the promises they made on the claim payment and attempted to invoke appraisal as part of an unlawful negotiating process.

Because the carriers and adjusters confirmed coverage and the undisputed amount owed on the claim to plaintiff on February 14, 2017, they waived any right to later disclaim coverage and put the entire claim in an expensive and wasteful appraisal process.

As a result, the carriers crossly underpaid the claim and the plaintiff has still not been fully paid under the policy. The plaintiff was forced to hire a consultant to properly evaluate the property damage because the carriers refused to do so.

On June 14, 2017, the carriers attempted to place this matter into appraisal, which is in direct violation of the Texas Insurance Code, the common law duty of good faith and fair dealing, and is in breach of their contractual commitments. To put it simply, the carriers chose to act unreasonably in refusing to issue the claim payment their authorized representative confirmed and the plaintiff accepted.

Because of the carriers’ wrongful denials, the plaintiff has been unable to make necessary repairs to the property, which has caused additional damage.

The Carriers Acted In Bad Faith

Our client alleges numerous violations of the Texas Insurance Code, including the failure to effectuate a prompt, fair, and equitable settlement of a claim and misrepresentation of the insurance policies under which it affords property coverage to the plaintiff. The plaintiff also states the carriers are in breach of the insurance contract and have violated the Deceptive Trade Practices-Consumer Protection Act.

Commercial Fire Damage Lawyers

Insurance companies will often do anything to avoid paying out on claims. When an insurance company operates in bad faith, you will need experienced commercial fire damage lawyers to help you get what you are rightfully owed under your policy. If your insurance company is denying, delaying, or under-paying your fire damage claim, contact Raizner Slania immediately.

Houston Fire Insurance Claim Attorneys

Houston Builder Files Fire Damage Insurance Claim Lawsuit

Raizner Slania has filed a bad faith insurance lawsuit against American Zurich Insurance Company and Vericlaim, Inc. on behalf of a local Houston builder whose fire damage insurance claim was wrongfully denied.

May 2016 Fire

On May 13, 2016, a fire broke out at the plaintiff’s property, which consisted of structures under construction at the time of the fire. The fire damaged the structure, plumbing, windows, walls, floors, frame, roof, exterior, and interior of the property. The plaintiff filed an insurance claim under its policy with Zurich for damages to the property caused by the fire.

The plaintiff and its representatives presented the full scope of damages consistent with the current state of construction to Zurich. However, Zurich improperly applied a co-insurance penalty to the loss and falsely represented that the plaintiff was underinsured on its builder’s risk insurance policy. Zurich and Vericlaim also misinterpreted policy provisions concerning the reporting of construction status and property values.

In response to the claim, Zurich assigned the claim to Vericlaim, which in turn assigned the claim to an employee. Vericlaim and the employee failed to perform a thorough investigation of the property and improperly ignored clear damages covered by the policy. Additionally, the employee failed to hire qualified experts to appropriately assess the full extent of damages.

Vericlaim and its employee sought to deny the plaintiff’s claim and conducted an outcome-oriented investigation geared toward concluding the plaintiff was underinsured for the loss, which would result in a large financial benefit to Zurich.

Zurich relied solely on Vericlaim and its employee’s investigation of the claim to determine what amounts, if any, to pay on the claim. As a result of the haphazard investigation, the plaintiff has been grossly underpaid for property damages. Zurich and Vericlaim engaged in illegal insurance claim settlement practices by refusing to accept responsibility for the loss.

Violations of the Texas Insurance Code

The plaintiff cites numerous violations of the Texas Insurance Code, including failure to implement reasonable standards for prompt investigation of claims, failure to promptly provide a reasonable explanation for the denial of a claim, and misrepresentation of the insurance policy under which it affords property coverage to plaintiff.

Houston Fire Insurance Claim Attorneys

 If your commercial insurance carrier has denied, delayed, or underpaid your fire damage insurance claim, the experienced Houston fire insurance claim attorneys at Raizner Slania can help. Contact us today for a free consultation to discuss your case.

Apartment Insurance Claim Lawyers

Raizner Slania Files Bad Faith Insurance Lawsuit On Behalf of Harris County Apartment Complex

Raizner Slania filed a bad faith insurance lawsuit in Harris County against Ted W. Allen & Associates, Inc. on behalf of the owners of a local apartment complex whose insurance claim was wrongfully denied under the Texas Insurance Code.

December 2016 Fire

On December 10, 2016, a catastrophic fire broke out on the plaintiff’s property. As a result, the exterior, interior, roof, ceiling, and other structures of the property were damaged. Soon after the fire, the plaintiff filed a claim under its commercial insurance policy to cover the cost of repairing the property damage.

In response to the claim, the insurance company denied large portions of damages for which the coverage should have been secured. Instead of the coverage being extended as requested, the insurance carrier applied stringent limits concerning the covered damages to the property, including lost rents.

Allen & Associates was the agency that sold the policy to the plaintiff. The agency failed to secure the requested building coverage requested by the plaintiff, and failed to remove references to the per-building limits despite clear requests from the plaintiff. Because of Allen & Associates’ failures and misrepresentation, the plaintiff suffered significant financial harm and damage.

Violations of the Texas Insurance Code

Allen & Associates violated numerous sections of the Texas Insurance Code, including misrepresentation of an insurance policy under which it affords property coverage to the policyholder and knowingly committing foregoing acts, with actual knowledge of the falsity, unfairness, or deception of the foregoing acts and practices.

In addition to violating the Texas Insurance Code, Allen & Associates violated the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices-Consumer Protection Act, which provides additional protections to consumers who are victims of deceptive, improper, or illegal practices.

Apartment Insurance Claim Lawyers

Policyholders deserve to receive their rightful payments under their insurance policies. However, when one or more party misrepresents the terms of a policy, policyholders can be left high and dry. The experienced apartment insurance claims lawyers at Raizner Slania have helped property owners across Houston and throughout Texas get their rightful payments from agencies and insurance companies operating in bad faith. If your insurance company wrongfully delayed or denied your claim, contact us today for a free consultation to see how we can help.