ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 26 /PRNewswire/ — Katzman Garfinkel Rosenbaum won a $20 million verdict against QBE Insurance Company in Miami on February 13, 2009. Two weeks of testimony in Federal court resulted in the largest verdict ever against QBE for hurricane damage. The residents of Buckley Towers condominium association are ecstatic after having their claims denied since 2005. Founding Partner, Alan Garfinkel who heads up the firm’s Insurance Disputes and Natural Disaster Law practice group is based in Central Florida. Their law firm represents thousands of hurricane victims and community associations throughout the state.
“Taking a closer look at repairs needed that were caused by the 2004 devastating hurricanes may help condominium associations on Central Florida, who are struggling to meet financial obligations in this economy,” stressed Mr. Garfinkel. Florida law allows policy owners up to five years from the date of loss to file or re-open hurricane insurance claims. It is critical that associations, homeowners and businesses impacted by the storms of 2004 get a second opinion on their insurance claim. “You may have walked away from insurance proceeds that are rightfully owed to you, Insurance companies are hoping you forget that you still have rights to assert a claim, or believe that your claim did not exceed the deductible,” Garfinkel went on to say.
DEADLINE FOR ANYONE QUESTIONING WHETHER THEIR CLAIMS WERE PROPERLY ADJUSTED OR THOSE WHO NEVER FILED CLAIMS ARE:
HURRICANE CHARLIE: STATUE OF LIMITATIONS – AUGUST 12, 2009
HURRICANE FRANCES: STATUE OF LIMITATIONS – SEPTEMBER 3, 2009
HURRICANE JEANNE: STATUE OF LIMITATIONS – SEPTEMBER 25, 2009
The statutory deadlines for damages caused by these hurricanes is quickly approaching. Boards, particularly new ones not seated at the time of the hurricanes, would be well advised to have their property inspected as soon as possible. This will ensure they were paid in full by their insurance company or provide ammunition needed to recover amounts still owed. For more information regarding the statutory deadlines for hurricanes Charlie, Frances and Jeanne, please visit our website at www.kgrlawfirm.com or call us toll free at 1 800 393 1529.
Attorney Garfinkel will hold a press conference next week to answer questions regarding this unprecedented verdict and to also provide critical information to families and condominium associations questioning whether their claims were properly adjusted.
ABOUT KATZMAN GARFINKEL ROSENBAUM
Katzman Garfinkel Rosenbaum (www.kgrlawfirm.com) is a full-service law firm, including representation of all aspects of community association representation. The firm presently represents over 1,000 common interest ownership communities throughout the State of Florida and has handled thousands of hurricane claims on behalf of consumers from its offices in Ft. Lauderdale, Orlando and West Palm Beach. For more information, call (800) 393. 1529
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