FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Miami, FL – 11/21/2014 – The law firm of Gonzalez & Herrera, P.A. announced today that it is issuing guidance to help Florida homeowners and commercial property owners collect on insurance claims related to toxic mold. Mold is a serious real estate liability issue in Florida, but it is an area where many insurance carriers are reluctant to pay claims at full value. Gonzalez & Herrera has a proven track record of fighting insurance carriers.
“Carriers don’t want to deal with mold,” said Dennis Gonzalez Jr., a partner and co-founder of the firm. “Mold claims can easily trigger bad faith cases. Mold is costly to fix while it’s easy to claim that the mold was there before the policy went into effect. Our belief is that if they don’t want to cover it, then exclude it from the policy. If it’s in the policy, they need to cover it. Period.”
The mold guidance includes taking actions such as hiring a certified mold inspector and getting the appropriate lab reports before filing a claim. The firm is available to file mold claims on behalf of clients. This step is often recommended because large mold claims get intense scrutiny in the claims adjustment process and will be denied on the most technical of grounds. The firm is able to help avoid this outcome.
Gonzalez & Herrera advocates on behalf of homeowners and landlords who are either not paid enough by their insurance company for a covered loss or are totally denied coverage. The firm has deep litigation expertise. Dennis Gonzalez Jr. is a former prosecutor with extensive trial experience. Manuel Herrera, Jr., also a partner, spent the last four years as an associate handling complex civil litigation.
Gonzalez & Herrera offers free, bilingual consultations.
For more information, visit, www.gnhpa.com
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