Goliad, Texas Next Steps For Hurricane Harvey Victims
The town of Goliad, Texas, lies just to the west of Victoria, and only 70 miles north of Port Aransas and other area most directly affected by Hurricane Harvey’s initial descent upon Texas. While homes and businesses in Goliad were not quite as devastated as the coastal towns, much of the damage left behind in the wake of Harvey within this region came in the form of debris like uprooted trees and plants, as well as other dangerous detritus damaging homes, business, and other structures.
If you live in Goliad or anywhere else in Texas and were affected when the wind and rain of Harvey descended on South Texas, contact the lawyers at Carabin Shaw. Our Goliad hurricane insurance claims lawyers will help you obtain the compensation you deserve after the storm and inform you about the necessary next steps for Hurricane Harvey victims in Goliad. In the event of a natural disaster of Harvey’s magnitude, there are five actions generally considered priorities.Next Steps for Hurricane Harvey Victims in Goliad
Some basic preliminary actions that our team of attorneys suggests for victims currently seeking post-hurricane relief include:
- Locate Your Insurance Policy
It is important to remember that despite 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.
- Take Pictures and 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. Save all receipts from repair expenses. Record dates of repairs, as well as dates and time codes on picture and video evidence. Obtain damage estimates and reports for all necessary repairs. You cannot develop a successful claim without understanding a determined amount of required repairs, and how much they will cost in total.
- Call Your Insurance Provider to Begin the Process of Filing Your Claim
Insurers and 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. Call your insurance representative as soon as possible to initiate the claims process and avoid unnecessary delays.
- Mitigate and Minimize Damages
Because it may be some time before an insurance agent can investigate your particular claim, there are a few 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 these initial steps. If you are able to stay on top of your own claim from the very beginning, all of the above steps will fall into place. Educating yourself on the different types of hurricane claims is paramount to the success of your individual claim. For example, whether it is a wind damage claim or flooding damage claim determines many important nuances of your case. As the victim, you must remain vigilant and up-to-date with the progress of your claim, preferably with proper legal guidance. Our lawyers serving the Goliad area have both the experience and knowledge necessary to help guide you through the next steps for Hurricane Harvey victims in Goliad.
The Carabin Shaw team of lawyers wants to see all of our clients compensated for all losses suffered due to Hurricane Harvey. If you live in Goliad or anywhere else in Texas and you are unsure about your best path to recompense moving forward, the attorneys at Carabin Shaw offer free initial consultations to help determine our clients’ best courses of action.
For all Goliad hurricane claims, contact one of Carabin Shaw’s attorneys serving the Goliad area today. We will answer all your questions and help guide you towards the filing of successful claims for all your losses. Call us today at 1.800.682.1260; we are here for you.