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September 12, 2019

Hurricane Dorian Relief Supply Drive

Leading Orlando Insurance Claim Law Firm Helps Hurricane Dorian Relief Supply Drive and Florida Property Insurance Policyholders Malik Law P.A., a leading Orlando insurance claim law firm, helps clients throughout Florida get compensated fairly by their insurance companies when their property is damaged by wind, water, fire, hail, sink holes, and storms. The firm also helps communities in need of aid and insurance policyholders in need of advice. Presently, Malik Law, along with other Orlando businesses, is serving as a donation drop-off point for a local Hurricane Dorian relief supply drive. The Category 5 hurricane hit the Bahamas last week, […]
August 30, 2019

Last Minute Preparations for Hurricane Dorian

If you live in the Orlando area and haven’t yet boarded up your windows and stocked up on water, you still have time to prepare for Hurricane Dorian.  Here’s our list of five simple steps you can take to stay safe during the storm: 1. Store Water, Food and Other Essentials Make sure you have sufficient water and food on hand for 3 – 5 days. If bottled water is no longer available, buy juices and other drinks and as Hurricane Dorian approaches, fill pitchers, clean gallon jugs and large pots with tap water. Stock up on non-perishable food, such […]
August 29, 2019

Damage from Hurricane Dorian

Even if you’ve prepared for Hurricane Dorian, the storm and its aftermath can cause major damage to your Central Florida property. Tropical-storm-force winds can damage trees, roofs, windows, siding, lanais, patios, and items left outside. Heavy rain and storm surge can damage home interiors, furniture and other items inside your home. Knowing what kind of damage typically occurs from hurricanes and what to do immediately following a storm can make a big difference in how quickly and fully you recover from the storm.   Water Damage While weather predictions often focus on the strength and speed of the wind, water […]
July 18, 2019

Lessons from Hurricane Michael

When Hurricane Michael hit the Florida Panhandle with 160-mile-per-hour winds last October, it caused billions of dollars of damage and left hundreds of people homeless and hopeless. Now recognized as the third most intense Atlantic hurricane to ever make landfall in the U.S., Michael has given us much to think about. Although we aren’t expected to experience anything like Michael this year, it’s still well worth our time to reflect on lessons we can learn from last year’s storm. In this blog post, I’m going to suggest several takeaways from Hurricane Michael about personal safety, storm damage, and insurance claims. […]
July 5, 2019

Beware of New Florida Homeowners’ Insurance Policies That Restrict Assignment of Benefits

Insurance policies are not enjoyable reading material; they’re long, confusing, and mostly, boring. That’s why most people file their insurance documents somewhere and forget about them . . . until their property is damaged and they’re desperate for help. At Malik Law, we highly recommend you read through your policy and make sure you understand your coverage before disaster hits. This is especially important now, since Florida law has changed, and insurance companies can restrict policyholders from entering into assignment agreements with contractors to do repair work on their property. I explain a little about the new restrictive policies in […]
June 14, 2019

Preparing for the 2019 Florida Hurricane Season

The 2019 Hurricane Season officially began on June 1st, and so far, weather forecasters are predicting a “normal” season. While this sounds like good news, for those of us who live in Florida, the problem with “normal” is that it still means nine to fifteen named storms and at least two hurricanes with winds of 111 miles per hour or more. In fact, scientists caution us not to let our guard down, given the prediction of a relatively quiet season. Powerful winds, rain, and flooding can cause massive destruction during a “quiet season.” As the acting deputy administrator of the […]
April 10, 2019

Hurricane Michael’s Long-lasting Destruction: A Warning to Florida Residents

Six months have passed since Hurricane Michael hit the Florida Panhandle, causing 49 deaths and more than $5.5 billion in damage.  During that time, the roads have been cleared, the power has been restored, and FEMA has paid out $1.1 billion for response and recovery efforts.  However, the environment, homes and people who live there are still far from back to normal. A recent Washington Post article reports that the “lingering destruction” from Hurricane Michael has, in fact, made the people living in the affected Panhandle area feel forsaken. The government has not passed a major disaster-relief supplemental-funding bill for […]
February 20, 2019

Water Damage 14-Day Exclusion in Florida Homeowner Policies

Water damage in homes is a leading cause of homeowners’ insurance claims, second only to wind and hail damage.  In fact, in Florida the frequency of non-flood water damage claims has increased 46% since 2010. As a result, the insurance industry has found new ways to limit and deny coverage for water damage.  One tactic has been to impose a time limit on covered water damage.  That is, coverage is now typically limited to “sudden and accidental” damage, and any damage that occurs over a period of time greater than 14 days is excluded.   Problems for Florida Policyholders This […]
December 18, 2018

Understaffing and Abuse in Nursing Homes

Nursing homes are responsible for providing care for patients and preventing injuries. Unfortunately, however, almost 90 percent of nursing homes are understaffed, a condition that often leads to neglect and abuse of vulnerable patients. A 2018 analysis of payroll data submitted to Medicare shows that most nursing homes actually had far fewer nurses and other staff available for caring for patients than they had ever reported to the government.  In addition, there are significant changes in the number of care-taking staff available each day, with weekends being particularly low.  On these low days, staff members have to care for twice […]
October 17, 2018

Be Prepared to File a Storm Damage Insurance Claim

Even if you don’t live in the direct path of the latest hurricane, you’re sure to feel the effects of powerful tropical storms within the near future.  With hurricanes occurring more frequently and with greater ferocity than ever before, it makes sense to be prepared to protect your family and your home from danger. Most of us already know the drill about bottled water, flashlights, batteries, window protection, and pools, but many people I talk with have not prepared adequately for dealing with their insurance companies after storm damage occurs.  Once a storm has hit and damaged your property, it’s […]