Kissimmee Fire Damage Attorney
Fires occur rapidly, leaving little time to stop and think. Saving the lives of people nearby is the most important, but in the aftermath, what do you do? Making repairs and replacing personal items within the home requires money. Homeowner’s insurance is meant to cover damages caused by fires, but insurance companies do not always agree to pay the full amount. If you’ve had a fire on a property and the insurance company isn’t being responsive, contact the legal team at Salazar & Kelly Law Group, P.A. located in Kissimmee, Florida for a free initial consultation. Our Kissimmee fire damage attorneys are here to help you and your family recover from this tragic event.
What Types of Damage Can Kissimmee Fires Cause?
Fire damage can actually be caused by the fire itself, or it can be a result of the smoke, heat, or soot. Additionally, any sprinklers set off may create steam damage and water damage, as well as water used by firefighters to extinguish the flames. With all of these elements combined, even a small fire can be overwhelming. Damages can include:
- Structural damage or complete obliteration of the building;
- Destruction of personal items and furniture due to burning or smoke damage;
- Smoke damage to the interior of the home;
- Soot and/or burn holes on upholstery and other surfaces;
- Toxic substance contamination;
- Electrical damage;
- Flooding damage to carpet, floor, home appliances, furniture, and other valuables; and
- Mold damage caused by water.
Initial Steps to Take Post-Fire
Wait for the fire department to give you the go-ahead before entering the building. Next, take inventory of everything that was damaged. As the Insurance Information Institute recommends, you can make a list, take photographs, and even video if it helps show the extent of the first damage. You will want to contact your insurance agency and, if applicable, your mortgage lender. Consider what vital documents you may have lost in the fire and begin taking steps to replace them.
Making Repairs or Relocating
If you need to make temporary repairs to your property before the insurance claim has been settled, make sure to keep all the receipts and bids made for work. If your home has been destroyed, track what additional living expenses you have for finding a new residence. Additionally, properly cleaning and restoring your home after a fire and subsequent water damage is imperative for the health of your family and the integrity of the structure, according to the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification, and can be very expensive.
Please Contact an Experienced Kissimmee Fire Damage Attorney Today For Immediate Help
If you are trying to recover from a fire and get the appropriate financial compensation from your homeowner’s insurance, contact a knowledgeable Kissimmee fire damage lawyer who understands your claim and can fight to get you full coverage for the fire damage. The Law Offices of Salazar & Kelly Law Group, P.A. are located in Kissimmee, Florida and have the experience needed to represent homeowners against insurance companies who are merely looking out for their profit-margin. Contact us at 407-483-0500 to schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your case.