Having Trouble With a Hurricane Ida Insurance Claim?
Hurricane Ida, one of the worst hurricanes to hit the United States, made landfall in Southern Louisiana on August 9, 2021. Ida was the second most destructive hurricane to hit the state, with winds reaching 150 mph – enough to temporarily reverse the flow of the Mississippi River and costing the city of New Orleans an estimated $8.6 million.
The powerful storm tore trees out of the ground and roofs off buildings, flooded cities, and ripped open sewer lines. Over a dozen barges broke away from their holds, with one striking a bridge in Jefferson Parish. Ida also destroyed power lines and caused transformers to blow up, leaving millions in Louisiana without power. The storm demolished 13,000 Bayou homes and contributed to 115 deaths in the country, with almost a third of those in Louisiana.
Ida wreaked havoc from the Caribbean all the way up to Newfoundland, causing tornadoes, heavy rains, and flash flooding in the Northeast. New York declared a state of emergency as subway tunnels and basement apartments flooded, killing over a dozen people in the state.
We usually think of obvious damage like fallen trees and severe flooding that’s impossible to miss after a hurricane. But in reality, sometimes hurricane damage isn’t immediately apparent, and if you’ve had to evacuate, taking inventory of damage will be delayed that much longer. Hurricane damage claims are all about the details, so make sure to document everything as soon as possible so you have clear, detailed records of costs associated with the storm.
When all is said and done, Hurricane Ida could cost insurance companies as much as $20 billion in insurance claims, but not every insurer is willing to pay what they should. If you’re struggling to recover damages from your insurance company, speaking with a knowledgeable hurricane damage attorney can help you evaluate your options, negotiate on your behalf, and increase your chances of receiving a fair settlement. Contact our Metairie or Lafayette office now to schedule your free claim evaluation.