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FEMA’s top priority is to support disaster survivors and help communities recover from the devastating effects of disasters. To accomplish this mission, FEMA has begun undertaking sweeping reforms to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) claims and appeals processes.
Homeowners insured through the National Flood Insurance Program who think they were shortchanged for Superstorm Sandy damage are getting another chance for reimbursement.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency will begin asking whether they want to reopen their claims, Rep. Chris Smith of New Jersey said in a statement after attending a FEMA briefing Wednesday.
FEMA plans to begin mailing letters on May 18 in batches by ZIP codes over several weeks to nearly 142,000 policyholders who filed Sandy-related claims, Smith said. They will have 90 days from the date of the notice to contact FEMA to begin the review process.
The National Flood Insurance Program plans to begin sending letters by the end of May to homeowners across the region to initiate a sweeping process to review claims that may have been underpaid after superstorm Sandy, according to people familiar with the matter.
The first round of roughly 15,000 notices is scheduled to be mailed May 18 to storm victims whose homes were inspected by engineering...
Thousands of people who have been denied flood insurance claims for homes destroyed by Hurricane Sandy have been crying fraud. Now, the executive in charge of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's insurance program tells 60 Minutes he has seen evidence of fraud in reports used to deny them full insurance payouts. The executive, Brad Kieserman, FEMA Deputy Associate Administrator for Insurance, also tells correspondent Sharyn Alfonsi he has seen evidence of the use of unlicensed engineers for flood damage reports, another criminal act. What's more, he says FEMA has been aware of this evidence for more than a year. Kieserman speaks to Alfonsi for a 60 Minutes investigation into how fraud may have been the reason thousands of homeowners' claims were denied. Her report will be broadcast Sunday, March 1 at 7 p.m. ET/PT.
WASHINGTON — The Federal Emergency Management Agency has agreed to reopen claims filed by nearly 142,000 homeowners whose properties were damaged by Hurricane Sandy.
Agency officials will review the claims filed by any of the 141,800 homeowners with federal flood insurance who ask them to do so, U.S. Sens. Robert Menendez and Cory Booker (both D-N.J.) said today following a closed-door meeting at the Capitol with FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate.
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In February of 2015, FEMA announced plans to reopen and reevaluate any of the more than 142,000 Hurricane Sandy flood claims for policyholders who believe they were underpaid for their flood damage. FEMA’s announcement came amid allegations that fraudulently-altered engineering reports led to thousands of those same flood claims being wrongfully denied or underpaid. In connection with its review process, FEMA represented it would allow claimants access to all engineering reports.
The eligibility threshold for FEMA’s review process is simple: (1) you were a homeowner insured through the National Flood Insurance Program at the time of Sandy, (2) made a claim for flood damage, and (3) believe your claim was wrongfully denied and/or underpaid.
During May and June of 2015 FEMA mailed letters (in batches by ZIP codes over several weeks) to nearly 142,000 policyholders who filed Sandy-related claims to notify them of the ability to have their claim reviewed. Importantly, all requests for review must be submitted by the September 15, 2015 deadline recently announced by FEMA. As a result, time is of the essence.
Jeansonne & Tschirn can assist you in FEMA’s process by preparing, supporting, and submitting your claim to FEMA in a manner designed to efficiently seek the maximum additional compensation to which you may be entitled. If your flood claim was impacted by a questionable engineering report, you may be entitled to the maximum compensation allowable.
Some have stated that attorneys are not "needed" for this review process. We strongly disagree with this assertion. More importantly, we believe it to be a disservice to policyholders due to the time restrictions and documentary evidence required to maximize a homeowner’s amount of additional recovery.
The question then becomes: Why choose us?
Our attorneys provide our homeowner clients with the unique experience of having previously defended flood insurance companies in hurricane damage litigation. That means we know the NFIP and how to best present your flood claim to maximize additional recovery. Our team of flood damage experts will prepare a new estimate of your damage, identifying all items that were underpaid or wrongfully omitted by your flood insurance company. This expedites FEMA’s ability to review and settle your claim, so you can move on with your life. We aggressively negotiate on your behalf directly with FEMA, so you don’t have to.
We are not a large firm, and do not already represent hundreds of homeowners in this process. Our services are tailored to the individual; and we carefully select which homeowners we feel can benefit most from our services. We work entirely on a contingency fee basis (at a fee lower than other attorneys), which means our clients owe us nothing unless we obtain additional compensation for them beyond what they have already received. Our ultimate goal is to assist our clients in navigating FEMA’s claim review process to both maximize their additional compensation, and expedite the resolution of their claims.
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