First 5 Steps For Every Goliad Hurricane Harvey Victims
The town of Goliad, Texas lies just to the west of Victoria, only 70 miles north of Port Aransas and many other areas most directly affected by Hurricane Harvey’s initial descent upon Texas. While homes and businesses of Goliad were not ravaged quite as devastatingly as the coastal towns, Harvey’s wake still left behind much damage within Goliad County in the form of hazardous debris, uprooted trees, and other dangerous detritus.
If you or a loved one lives in Goliad, or anywhere else in Texas, and have been affected by Hurricane Harvey, contact the attorneys at Carabin & Shaw today. One of our Goliad hurricane insurance claims lawyers serving South Texas will help you fight for the compensation you deserve after the storm. In the event of a natural disaster of Harvey’s magnitude, there are five actions generally considered the first five steps for every Goliad Hurricane Harvey victims.
- Locate Your Insurance Policy
It is important to remember that despite a potential loss of the physical copy of your insurance policy, or lack of electricity or Wi-Fi connectivity, your insurance policy is still very much active, and can be accessed over the phone. As soon as you ensure all loved ones are safe and secure in the aftermath of the hurricane, the process of rebuilding begins.
- Take Pictures/Assess the Damage
After the storm, it is an absolute necessity that you document everything. Take pictures of all your damages, including structural damage, damage to your valuable property, and water damage to both the inside and outside of the house. Save all receipts from damage repair expenses, and record dates of repairs as well as dates and timestamps on pictures and videos. Obtain damage estimates and damage reports for all necessary repairs. You cannot develop a successful claim without determining the amount of required repairs and how much they will cost in summation.
- Call Your Insurance Provider and Begin the Process of Filing Your Claim
Insurance companies have been inundated with cases relating to Hurricane Harvey relief. In some cases, it may be days or weeks before an insurance agent will be able to work through your claim and visit your property to physically assess the damage. Calling them as soon as possible will prevent you from waiting even longer to settle your claim.
- Minimize/Mitigate Damages
Because it may be some time before an insurance agent can investigate your particular claim, there are a certain steps you can take in the interim to minimize damages and expedite repairs without altering the strength of your case moving forward, especially if you have properly documented your damages and recorded all evidence that may be useful in your claim later on.
- Educate Yourself
This is perhaps the most important and all-encompassing of the first five steps for every Goliad Hurricane Harvey victim. Educating yourself on the different types of Goliad hurricane claims is crucial to the success of your case; for example, whether it is a wind damage claim or flooding damage claim determines many important nuances of the procedure. As the claimant, you must remain vigilant and up-to-date with the progress of your claim, preferably with proper legal guidance standing by. Thankfully, the lawyers at Carabin & Shaw serving the Goliad area of Texas possess the experience and knowledge necessary to help guide you through the process.
Our team of attorneys wants to see all of our clients fairly compensated for all losses suffered by Texas residents due to Hurricane Harvey. The first five steps for every Goliad Hurricane Harvey victim are just the beginning to a longer process of rebuilding all areas ravaged by Harvey’s destructive path of wind and rainfall, but if you remain on top of your claim from the very beginning, all of the above steps will assuredly fall into place. If you or someone you care about in Goliad is unsure about their optimal path to recompense moving forward, the lawyers at Carabin & Shaw are willing to offer you a free initial consultation to help determine your best course of action. We will answer all your questions and help guide you towards the filing of successful claims for all your losses. Contact one of Carabin & Shaw’s attorneys serving the Goliad area today toll-free at 1.800.862.1260. We are here for you.