Houses in Texas neighborhood damaged by flood

Water flooded from a broken water main line recently, causing damage to all the houses in a Boerne, Texas neighborhood, a January 15 article of KENS 5 San Antonio reported.

According to the affected residents, the broken water main had created a lake-like body of water in the neighborhood. The San Antonio Water System (SAWS) told reports that the flooding occurred when a 24-inch pipe carrying drinking water ruptured. Some residents are expecting to be evacuated from their homes for up to a month. A flood repair service provider who was in the area to assess damaged homes stated that the situation is “a little disrupting”. Affected residents are expecting to get assistance from SAWS to possibly cover the expenses caused by the flooding.

The lawyers of Smith Kendall, PLLC in Dallas understand that families who have been affected by flooding should immediately get their insurance benefits for the quick restoration of their damaged homes. If you think your insurance provider is withholding your rightful funds, call our office today at (214) 361-6124 to learn more about your legal options.

Lightning severely damage house in Texas

A family of five in Parker, Texas had their home severely damaged by fire after it was struck by lightning in North Texas, an article of CBS DFW reported on January 2.

According to reports, the family, whose identities were not revealed, heard a loud sound, which they described was like an explosion, at about 6:00 a.m., moments before their house started burning. Though the couple and their three children safely evacuated, the fire started in the attic and destroyed all their belongings before fire crews arrived. The fire was fought by crews from six nearby departments. A neighbor who had witnessed the fire told reports how difficult it is to recover when a family’s home is destroyed by fire. Fire Chief Mike Sheff noted that a factor of the fire is that there were insufficient lightning rods in the area. Experts, on the other hand, have decided that lightning is simply more common in the area.

The lawyers of the Smith Kendall, PLLC believe that Dallas homeowners whose homes have been damaged by lightning should receive fair compensation from their insurance companies. If you feel as though you have been cheated by your insurer, contact us today at (214) 361-6124 to begin taking your legal action against negligent parties.

$50K in damages following Dallas residential fire

Fire officials in Dallas, Texas estimated $50,000 worth of property was lost in the recent fire that damaged a vintage home and resulted in an elderly woman getting hurt, an article of reported on December 16.

According to reports, fire crews from five departments worked together containing the fire on December 15, which occurred in the 4000 block of Johnson Street in Denton. The woman, whom authorities say was in her eighties, was transported to a hospital due to smoke-related injuries caused by the fire. A Denton fire official said there was someone shouting from inside the house during the fire. Authorities later learned a person assisted fire victims during that time. The damaged house was built in the 1860’s.

It is a frustrating situation when you suffer injuries in the event of a fire, and it can be much worst if your house is damaged. However, if you sustain property damage in Dallas, the lawyers at Smith Kendall, PLLC may be able to help you get the insurance benefits you need to restore your home. Call us today at (214) 361-6124 to learn more about your legal options.

FBI Suspects Insurance Fraud in Colleyville Homicide Case

In September of 2014, a 72-year-old housekeeper was murdered while cleaning a house in Colleyville, Texas. Now, after investigating the occurrence, FBI agents claim the victim, Anita Fox, was killed as part of an elaborate insurance fraud scheme. The victim was unaware that several life insurance policies, which amounted to 5 million dollars, were taken out in her name. In documents recently filed by Tarrant County District Court, federal agents claim that two men, who may be part of the infamous transient group “Irish Travellers,” committed the murder to collect on one of those policies.

In addition to the two murder suspects, the victim’s daughter and her husband collected millions of dollars through the allegedly fraudulent policies. Virginia and Mark Buckland, the daughter and her husband, are fighting to reclaim the money in court. Their attorney said they had nothing to do with the murder. The Bucklands, who have yet to be accused of a crime, say they have been cooperative with investigators throughout, even passing a lie-detector test.

The case is ongoing and, like most insurance fraud cases, involves a lot of complex moving parts. It is also the first homicide that Colleyville has seen in 23 years.

Irving residents continue to recover months after flooding

Irving residents are still in the recovery process after many of their properties were destroyed by millions of gallons of flood water that came from the city’s damaged water tower, an article of Fox 4 reported on December 2.

According to reports, six months have passed since properties in Irving were flooded when two million gallons of water came out of the tower. Area resident Lecreta Jones recounted the night of June 1 before flood water struck their area. Jones said she initially heard a “loud popping sound,” followed by water gushing into her apartment. Affected residents were then instructed about how to properly file a claim. However, the city will not make settlements for the residents because they are protected against claims. Jones and her daughter were homeless after the temporary relief they received ended. Jones came back to her apartment after nearly two months but was still traumatized by the flood.

Losing property in the event of a flood is a traumatic experience for any home or property owner. However, if you suffered severe damage that was out of your control, insurance providers should grant the restoration funds you need for recovery. If you think you are being denied of your insurance benefits in Dallas, call the Smith Kendall, PLLC lawyers at (214) 361-6124 for your legal assistance.

Dallas Fire Brings Devastating Loss

A five-alarm fire brought devastating loss to a Lake Dallas RV and boat storage facility. According to news reports from November 3rd, 36 storage units were damaged, many of which contained high-value assets. Motor homes, boats, and a limousine were all torn asunder by the fire that summoned the efforts of nine different fire-departments. Neighbors in the area surrounding the storage facility were shocked when they saw billows of smoke.

Among those who suffered irreplaceable losses was Larry Katz, who came to check on his boat after seeing the flames in the air. Katz’s optimism diminished when he saw how extensive the damage was to the facility, knowing that his $140,000 boat was amid the rubble. Now Katz faces the harsh reality that the rare 30-foot sports boat he had built in 2008 will be gone forever. Luckily though, nobody was injured by the fire.

At Smith Kendall, PLLC, our Dallas fire damage insurance lawyers understand how losing property, especially when it’s of high sentimental or monetary value, is never easy to process. When an insurance company delays or denies altogether the reimbursement of damages, that process is only made harder. Sometimes, legal action is necessary in recovering your losses. To speak to a member of our legal team about an insurance claim, call (214) 361-6124.

Residential property in Austin severely damaged by fire

A house in Southwest Austin recently sustained serious damage amounting to $1.2 million after a fire broke out, a report of KXAN stated on November 10.

The Austin Fire Department was notified of a fire that broke out at a house located at the intersection of Stratford Drive and Lacey Avenue at approximately 2:40 a.m. Reports revealed the fire started in the upper portion of the second story of the house. At the time of the incident, the house was undergoing remodeling and no people or furniture were in the house. The fire was contained after an hour and officials confirmed the house was already a total loss. Fire crews noted residents in the area are at high risk of losing their house in a fire because the fire hydrants in the Rollingwood area were already outdated.

If you lost your property in a fire, insurance providers should release the funds you need for the immediate restoration of your property in a timely manner. If you think your benefits are being delayed or denied for unexplained reasons, a Dallas attorney at Smith Kendall, PLLC can fight for you. Call us today at (214) 361-6124 to begin taking your legal actions against negligent parties.

Texas homeowner suing insurance company after denial of benefits

A homeowner in Galveston County, Texas recently filed a claim due to allegations that his insurance provider was unreasonable and denied him benefits he needed to repair his damaged house, an article of SE Texas Record reported on November 8.

In the complaint, Donald Clark is claiming that Scottsdale Insurance Co. violated the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act by breach of contact. The insurance provider, together with Wardlaw Claims Service LLC, denied Clark the insurance coverage after a plumbing problem caused significant damages to his home. Clark alleged Wardlaw was negligent when inspecting his house in September last year, which resulted in Scottsdale Insurance denying him benefits. Clark is currently seeking to recover all the costs and damages from the defendants.

The legal team at Smith Kendall, PLLC in Dallas represents homeowners who have been wrongfully denied of their insurance coverage after having their homes damaged. If this happens to you, we may tirelessly work on your behalf to fight insurance companies acting in bad faith. Call us today at (214) 361-6124 to learn more about your legal options.

Hotel business in Houston suing insurance provider

A hotel operator in Houston, Texas, had filed a lawsuit against an insurance company due to claims that they have violated the Texas Insurance Code, an article of SE Texas Record reported on Wednesday, November 30.

According to the lawsuit filed by a legal counsel on behalf of Houston-based Galleria Hotel Investments LLC, their insurance provider Northfield Insurance Company failed to reimburse their benefits in a timely manner after Day’s Inn had been damaged by a storm in March 2015. The lawsuit claimed that Northfield Insurance was suspected of bad faith after they failed to follow the terms of the inn’s commercial policy insurance. The plaintiff is seeking to undergo a jury trial for them to possibly obtain remunerations including court expenses.

It is a frustrating situation when your commercial property had been seriously damaged by natural calamities. However, if you are in such situation in Dallas, the Smith Kendall, PLLC attorneys may offer you legal assistance for you to immediately get your insurance benefits. Call us today at (214) 361-6124 to find out how we may work on your behalf.

Denison residential fire displaces a family

Firefighters in Denison, Texas recently responded to a fire, which resulted in injury and substantial property damage and forced a family of five to leave their house, an article of Fox News 12 reported on October 23.

According to reports, fire personnel responded to a blaze that broke out at a residential property on Cynthia Drive. One of the five people living inside the house, identified as Blake Hughes, 18, told reports that he and his family were doing household chores when they observed there was smoke coming from their garage. Hughes said he was worried at the time, but he reacted quickly to protect other members of his family. A younger brother of Hughes was given medical attention at the fire scene due to asthma triggered by smoke inhalation. Initial investigations revealed that the fire was accidental and authorities were still determining its cause as of reporting. Though fire crews were efficient in containing the fire, the house suffered substantial damages.

If your home is damaged by a fire, insurance providers are obligated to release your benefits in a timely manner to make sure you recover from your loss. If your insurance provider is delaying or wrongfully denying your benefits in Dallas, the lawyers at Smith Kendall, PLLC may be able to work for you. Call us today at (214) 361-6124 to take your legal actions against negligent insurance companies.

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