Over 20,000 Florida Insurance Claims Remain Unpaid Nearly One Year After Hurricane Michael
On October 10, 2019, Hurricane Michael made landfall as a Category 5 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 160 mph, devastating Florida’s panhandle between Mexico Beach and the Tyndall Air Force Base in Panama City.
The first category 5 hurricane since Hurricane Andrew in 1992 to strike the contiguous U.S. Hurricane Michael not only caused widespread damage, but the funds to aid in the cleanup were delayed.
How Much Disaster Relief Was Allocated For Hurricane Michael Damage?
In May 2019, more than seven months after Hurricane Michael made landfall, the Florida Senate released details from Senate Bill 2500, the 2019-2020 General Appropriations Act, which increased the total state investment in Hurricane Michael Recovery to just over $1.8 billion.
One month later in June, the U.S. House approved the long-awaited $19.1 billion disaster-relief package that was signed by President Trump before being distributed to the areas in need — our devastated Florida communities included.
Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried stated that while the financial relief was long overdue, it was “better late than never.”
Unfortunately, homeowners throughout the devastated areas are still waiting for their personal financial relief to be delivered, and their insurance companies are to blame.
Why Are So Many Hurricane Michael Insurance Claims Going Unpaid?
There are varying opinions on why Florida residents’ Hurricane Michael insurance claims are going unpaid, including the possibility that the insurance companies’ resources are stretched thin. The abnormally high number of unpaid claims is now getting the investigation it deserves from consumer watchdogs, but the lack of solutions is driving our communities into further despair with each passing day they go without a recovery check.
Other common problems that policyholders combat after when seeking insurance claim payments can include:
- Unanswered policy questions
- Lack of communication from the insurance company, including unanswered phone calls and emails
- Low recovery payment offers
- Delayed payments
- Denied payments
If you are still battling with your insurance company over unpaid Hurricane Michael claims nearly one year after the storm made landfall, it is time to contact our experienced Florida insurance claims attorneys at The Morgan Law Group by calling (866) 590-6373 today for help. You do not have to suffer from the lack of financial recovery alone. Our accomplished Florida insurance claims lawyers will take the lead in speaking with the insurance company while pursuing the best outcome available for your unique hurricane recovery needs.