Urgent News for Hurricane Sandy Property Victims

FEMA admits claimants may have been cheated - will reopen flood insurance claims.

"FEMA to review all flood damage claims from Hurricane Sandy."
The New York Times
The New York Times
March 12, 2015
"Hurricane Sandy victims say damage reports were altered."
The New York Times
The New York Times
March 12, 2015
"FEMA vows to tackle low-ball Sandy Insurance payouts."
The Star Ledger
The Star Ledger
April 5, 2015

What This Means

  • Starting late May, you may receive a notification from FEMA inviting you to reopen your Hurricane Sandy Flood claim. You will need to respond to this notification quickly.
  • If you accept, you may only be given a “desk audit” by an employee of FEMA. FEMA claims you will only have two weeks to provide additional “evidence” to support your claim.
  • Otherwise, FEMA may only consider material currently in your file to look for irregularities that might result in you getting more money.
  • Every person who reopens a claim will have to fight for his or her rights individually and that costs money. FEMA’s notification is not an offer of a class-action settlement, nor is it an
    indication that you will receive more money. Every case will be considered separately.

Here’s the Problem

  • FEMA will not seek additional information or evidence for you. It’s entirely up to you to add information to your file to prove your claim. You will have to submit the evidence in an approved format. You will have to meet FEMA’s deadlines and pay any associated fees out of pocket.
  • FEMA will not send out adjusters or engineers to reevaluate your claim. If you want to submit an independent opinion to counter what may have been a fraudulent report that underestimated your damages, you will have to pay for that independent opinion yourself. That could run into thousands of dollars.
  • FEMA will not look for damages resulting from flooding that you may have discovered after you initially filed your Sandy claim. You will have to fight for that inclusion yourself.

In short, this means that FEMA will put the overwhelming burden of proof and costs on you, the victim.

We don’t think that is right.

That is why you should consider Weisbrod, Matteis & Copley PLLC. We have fought the flood insurance industry before. We know how they operate and we know how to beat them. And now, we would like to join with you and other Sandy flood victims to right the wrongs you have suffered. We will send an experienced adjuster who does not work for FEMA to estimate the damage to your home – free of charge. All we ask is that you call our number – 1 800 336-2729 – immediately – to establish whether you are entitled to a free visit from one of our experienced claim adjusters.

 

 
Weisbrod Matteis & Copley PLLC attorneys are licensed in New York, Connecticut, and the District of Columbia. For all New Jersey cases, Weisbrod Matteis & Copley PLLC will be working with Monzo Catanese Hillegass, P.C., 211 Bayberry Drive, Suite 2A, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210.