Hurricane Insurance Claims Attorneys in Alabama
Helping victims of hurricanes in Mobile and throughout the state
Hurricanes and tropical storms can cause devastating damage. The swirling winds and heavy rains can cause flooding, trees to fall on homes, extensive damage to roofs and siding, structural damage that may be beyond repair, and other damages to buildings and personal property.
Residents may be required to evacuate before a hurricane. After a hurricane or intense tropical storm, homeowners and property owners need fast relief. At Warhurst Law, we protect policyholders after hurricanes change everything. When available, we also work with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and any state or local emergency aid agencies.
Compensation obtained by Warhurst Law for hurricane victims
Hurricanes can do millions of dollars in damage, yet policyholders are often left holding the short end of the stick. Just ask victims of Hurricane Katrina and Ivan. At Warhurst Law, we’ve been very successful in obtaining additional compensation and stronger settlements for commercial, and non-profit policyholders:
- $26 million settlement for an apartment complex previously offered $3 million
- $11 million settlement for an apartment complex’s property damage, settled pre-suit
- $2.2 million settlement for an A/C business which was originally offered $200,000
- $1.3 million settlement for a radio station originally offered $19,000
- $700,000 settlement for a high school that was originally offered nothing
- $750,000 settlement for a property damage claim for an apartment complex
The reasons Alabama hurricanes cause so much damage
Hurricanes are defined by the NOAA as a “tropical cyclone in which the maximum sustained surface wind is 74 mph or more.” In addition to high winds and flooding, hurricanes can also cause deadly and dangerous tornadoes and thunderstorms. Thunderstorms, in turn, can cause fires due to the lightning strikes. The most severe hurricane is category 5 hurricane which can cause winds of up to 157 mph which can cause buildings to collapse and devastate entire communities. Category 1 through 3 storms are defined as follows:
- “Category One. Wind speeds of 74-95 miles per hour, capable of producing dangerous winds causing damage to a building’s exterior, trees, and power lines.”
- “Category Two. Wind speeds of 96-110 miles per hour, capable of causing extensive damage to a building’s structure, uprooting trees, and damaging vehicles and other items exposed to the weather.”
- “Category Three. Wind speeds of 111-129 miles per hour capable of causing devastating damage to buildings, trees, roads, and power lines.”
Mobile has had its fair share of hurricane damage, especially given its close proximity to the Gulf, but the last few years have been hard on Alabama in general. The winds from Hurricane Michael did extensive damage in our state; before that, we sustained serious losses form Katrina, Ivan and even Andrew (though most of Andrew’s damage was the result of the tornadoes which formed out of the storm).