We have received numerous questions from people whose property was damaged
during Hurricane Harvey. The number one question we have received is whether
or not a claim has to be made by September 1, 2017. Here are the facts:
- All claims made by August 31, 2017, will be governed by the “old” law.
- All claims made on or after September 1, 2017, will be governed by the
“new” law passed by the Texas Legislature this past spring.
- The “new” law takes away some protections property owners enjoyed
under the “old” law. Insurance Companies have less incentive
under the “new” law to settle valid claims.
You should make a claim on or before Thursday, August 31, 2017, if possible.
You need to inform your property insurance carrier(s) in writing—via
email, mail, or facsimile. Make sure you date the letter and keep a copy
of the letter for your records. Tell your property insurance carrier(s)
that the letter/email/facsimile serves as notice of a claim due to damage
suffered as a result of Hurricane Harvey.
For more information, you can contact us at:
McDowell Wells, LLP
Telephone: (713) 655-9595
John T. McDowell
Clinton E. Wells, Jr.
Houston, Texas 77006