Miami, Fl–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–May 25, 2007–Another disaster looms on the horizon for thousands of hurricane victims throughout the State of Florida. On June 1st, tens of millions of desperately needed dollars will be lost to families, business owners, and condominium associations who purchased property insurance from the now insolvent.
Poe Insurance Company, Atlantic Preferred, Florida Preferred, and Southern Preferred Insurance Company. As you know, these insurance companies are no longer in business and are in receivership or have been taken over by the state. The Florida Insurance Guarantee Association ( FIGA ) has given these policyholders until May 31st to file a claim.
Natural Disaster Legal Expert Alan Garfinkel, who is currently representing thousands of hurricane victims throughout Florida, has been on the offensive all week. This is as simple as calling a 1 800 number of filing a one sheet form on line he says. Unfortunately, no one knows about this and immediate action must be taken in order to preserve your rights. You should act now and call the Florida Department of Financial Services and secure a claim number from them. Their consumer helpline is 1 800 342- 2762. You can also find more information at http://www.figafacts.com or by contacting FIGA directly at ( 904) 398- 1450.
Mr. Garfinkel also reminds us that if you do not file within the time period, the statute states that any such claim against the “ receiver of the insolvent insurer shall be thenceforth be barred as a claim against the association ( FIGA ) and the insured”. According to FIGA, the claims filing deadline for filing a claim with FIGA concerning the Poe companies listed above is June 1, 2007 and any claim for property damage against any of those three companies that is not filed by that time may be forever barred.
The clock is literally ticking for thousands of hurricane victims who are still trying to resolve their claims for damages sustained from Wilma, Rita, and Katrina. If you already sent your proof of claim by certified mail, return receipt requested, or if it was sent via Fed Ex, UPS, etc., you should save the delivery certification cards as proof of mailing.
Attorney, Alan Garfinkel is the nation’s leading expert in Natural Disaster Law and frequently lectures throughout the country on Insurance Law. He is the national moderator for Lexis Nexis, and has appeared on most every major news organization as an expert guest after the occurrence of a natural disaster. Mr. Garfinkel has aggressively prosecuted thousands of hurricane related claims on behalf of home owners, business owners and condominium associations.
To schedule and interview or reach Mr. Garfinkel for further comment, please contact: Ross Garcia,
Media Relations, 321.948.1485.