Homes in Arlington Heights affected by flooding

Water recently overflowed from a creek and flooded older houses in Arlington Heights, and many residents experienced flood damage in parts of their homes, an article of CBS DFW reported on June 28.

According to a resident, the flood level was an estimated 4 feet as it flowed quickly into garages, vehicles, and backyards. Houses on Western and Carleton Avenues were most affected by the flood. Residents in the area assumed the flooding would not occur as badly as it did, since the issue was addressed by a drainage development program that cost the city millions of dollars. District representative Dennis Shingleton reported that the drainage was designed to contain flooding caused by “normal rains.” Rebuilding the creek as a long-term solution may not be helpful, since homes in the area are considered high-value. The flooding problem will be raised to the city council, Shingleton also noted.

Foundations of houses are at high risk of damage when flooding occurs. If your home was flooded, insurance companies should release your deserved funds for home restoration. If you think your benefits are being denied or delayed in Dallas, an attorney at Smith Kendall, PLLC may be able to work on your behalf. Call us today at (888) 675-3522 to find out how we can help you fight insurance companies acting in bad faith.

High-end North Dallas home damaged by fire

A house in North Dallas sustained significant damage on June 9 after a fire broke out, resulting in one person being hospitalized, an article of NBC DFW reported.

Reports coming from fire authorities said that around 4:30 p.m. a fire broke out in the garage area of a home on Collinway Place. Responding fire crews said a husband and wife were inside the two-story home when the fire broke out. The man, whose name was not released, was taken to the hospital due to his injuries. Dozens of firefighters responded to the three-alarm fire that lasted for over two hours. Records showed that the damaged home had a value of over $1 million. The fire also caused damage to at least three parked vehicles in the garage.

The attorneys at Smith Kendall, PLLC in Dallas strongly believe that families whose home were damaged in a fire should receive timely insurance benefits to help them repair their homes. If you are seeking compensation from an insurance company following fire damage, call our office at (214) 361-6124 to find out how we may work for you.

Residents in several parts of Texas evacuate due to flooding

Hundreds of families in central and south Texas were displaced from their homes due to flood water from overflowing rivers, a June 1 article of CBS DFW reported.

A “state of disaster” was declared by Texas Governor Greg Abbott on June 1 after 31 counties in the state were flooded. The Brazos River, Neches River, and Colorado River reportedly overflowed due to the heavy rains. Although many residents in affected areas decided to vacate their homes, there were residents whose homes were flooded that decided to stay as well. Texas climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon reported that heavy rains may continue even as the El Nino period is coming to an end. 

Houses are at risk of sustaining severe damage when flooded. If your home was flooded due to natural forces, you should be eligible to get your repair funds from your insurance provider to restore your home. However, if your insurance provider is negligent in reimbursing your funds in Dallas, an attorney at Smith Kendall, PLLC may be able to work for you. Call us at (214) 361-6124 to learn more and discuss your legal options.

Fire in attic burns through roof in Houston

Three northwest Houston residents faced property damage after a fire broke out overnight in the attic of their two-story home.

As of yet, no injuries have been reported from the fire that broke out around 11:45 p.m. on May 4, near Mallory Bridge and Oleander Point. Responding firefighters from the Cy-Fair Fire Department immediately attacked the fire and were able to extinguish the flames quickly. Although the roof of the house was burned through by the fire, none of the adults in the house at the time of the incident were harmed. Local authorities are investigating the cause of the fire, but currently the fire marshal guesses it was caused by an electrical issue.

Insurance providers should quickly release deserved benefits to individuals whose homes are damaged, but many people do not receive their reimbursement in time to effectively make the repairs necessary to recover their property. Find out how the lawyers at Smith Kendall, PLLC, may help you handle insurance claims by calling (214) 361-6124.

Lightning causes damage to Dallas house

A house in North Central Dallas recently sustained substantial damage after lightning struck the roof, sparking a fire, an article of NBCDFW reported on April 17.

According to reports, no one sustained any injuries in the fire that broke out at the residential area near the 7100 Block of Briarmeadow Drive. The two individuals inside the two-story house, whose names were withheld, safely evacuated after hearing a loud sound similar to thunder. Responding fire crews fought the fire for more than an hour. Initial investigations revealed that lightning struck the home’s chimney, causing fire damage to the attic and water damage to various parts of the house.

The lawyers of Smith Kendall, PLLC assist homeowners in Dallas who have to deal with hefty financial losses when repairing their homes in the wake of a damaging force. If your house has been damaged in such a situation, we may offer you legal assistance to fight for your restoration funds from your insurance provider. Find out how we may work on your behalf today by calling (888) 675-3522.

Restaurant owners help fellow entrepreneur to recover from fire

Restaurant owners in Amarillo, Texas provided assistance to a steakhouse owner whose restaurant was recently damaged by fire, an article of Amarillo Globe-News reported on April 2.

Reports stated that on March 11 a fire broke out at Red River Steakhouse. The fire reportedly caused heavy smoke damage to the building and ruined the store’s dry storage area, the origin of the fire. While the steakhouse is rebuilding and regrouping, other restaurant owners have extended their help by providing work for Red River employees. Will Frost, the owner of Red River, stated he was overwhelmed by the generosity of the business owners who offered their kitchens for Frost to use for catering. Insurance adjusters have not been able to identify the cause of the fire, which has been ruled as undetermined by the fire marshal’s office. Trying to make the best of things, Frost and his steakhouse management plan to use the damage of the fire as an opportunity to remodel the restaurant.

Sadly many business owners have to deal with great financial loss when their commercial properties are damaged by fire. If you are in such a situation, insurance companies should immediately release their benefits so that you can resume business operations. Find out how a lawyer at the Smith Kendall, PLLC in Dallas may help you get your insurance reimbursement today by calling (214) 361-6124.

Hail causes extensive damage in Fort Worth

This past Thursday, a severe thunderstorm swept through the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, resulting in severe damage to homes, commercial buildings, and other property in Tarrant County.

The storms that came through the area dropped hail in two large bursts, one at 4 a.m. and another at approximately 6:30 a.m. The largest reported hail to come out of these storms was roughly the size of tennis balls, and occurred during the 6:30 a.m. wave of storms.

A spokesman for the Insurance Council of Texas stated that as many as 50,000 vehicles were damaged in the hail storm, and while figures for roof damage weren’t immediately available, he estimated that it could be close to 1/3 of the number of vehicles that were damaged. He also noted, however, that roofs are more expensive to repair, and that because of this, the costs of roof repair could as much as double the costs of necessary auto repairs.

If your property was damaged in the recent Fort Worth hail storms, you are likely relying on your insurance policy to help you cover the costs of repairs. Unfortunately, not all insurance providers treat their clients fairly, meaning that you could wrongly be denied the insurance coverage and benefits that you have paid for. If you believe that you are being unfairly treated by your insurance provider, let the experienced insurance bad faith lawyers at Smith Kendall, PLLC, fight for your rights. Call us today at (214) 361-6124 to learn more about what we can do for you.

Weather may increase risk of fallen trees

According to Smith county fire officials, lasting negative effects may be the result if homeowners are not prepared for changing weather conditions. Anthony Lester, an east Texas resident and owner of a tree service that has been in operation for twelve years, told reporters that the inconsistent weather poses a threat to trees. After enough rainfall, the ground around large trees softens; trees with shallow root systems, such as oaks, are then highly likely to topple over onto nearby houses or power lines.

To prevent the extensive damage a fallen tree can cause, officials recommend keeping large trees around your home well trimmed and monitoring waterfall around them.

At Smith Kendall, PLLC, our legal team understands how urgent repairing your home after a tree falls will be to you and your family. We also know just how difficult insurance companies can be when it comes to getting you the money you need. If you have a residential property insurance claim that you are struggling to get approved, contact us at (214) 361-6124 to learn how we may be able to help.

Flooded homes in Van Zandt County examined by FEMA

After a severe storm struck East Texas, personnel from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) were recently in Van Zandt County to examine houses that were damaged by the flood. On January 6, FEMA officials inspected every home affected by heavy rainfall from December 26 to December 27.

County Fire marshal Chuck Allen told reporters that some residents whose homes were flooded had to stay in hotels or with friends. In Van Zandt County alone, authorities confirmed that there were as many as twenty houses affected by flooding. After the initial FEMA survey, affected residents are hoping for some kind of aid from the federal government.

The legal team of Smith Kendall, PLLC in Dallas understands that homeowners who are covered by an insurance policy should not have to wait a long time or fight for their benefits after a storm damages their property. That’s why we represent victims who are struggling to recover the money they deserve from unscrupulous insurance companies. Call our office today at (214) 361-6124 to find out how we may help you fight insurance companies acting in bad faith.

Harris County home damaged by fire

A family consisting of a mother, her daughter, and their pet dog were left homeless after their house was ravaged by fire in northwest Harris County on the night of Sunday, December 28.

According to reports, authorities were notified of a residential fire about 12:30 a.m. in the 15000 block of Ripplewind. Responding personnel from the Klein Fire Department noticed a huge fire in the rear portion of the roof. The family had been living in the house for over two decades; thankfully, no one was injured in the blaze. Fire Chief David Besselo stated that they quickly contained the fire and were able to mitigate the damage to the house. Authorities are investigating the cause of the residential fire.

If you have suffered injuries or property damage in a fire, your home insurance provider should be there for you to help cover the costs of treatment or repairs. Unfortunately, far too many victims have to deal with insurance companies that actively avoid paying for repairs. If this is the case, the attorneys at Smith Kendall, PLLC, may be able to help you pursue your claim more effectively. Call us at (888) 675-3522 to learn more.