FEMA Extends Deadline to File Sandy Claim Review
Within hours of the expiration of the initial deadline of 9 p.m. on September 15, 2015, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (“FEMA”) announced that it was extending the deadline 30 days for victims of Hurricane Sandy to file a FEMA Claim Review. In May 2015, FEMA implemented a claims review process after allegations that the National Flood Insurance Program, through various insurance companies, had vastly and systemically underpaid flood insurance claims.
The review process allowed homeowners and business owners to present their claims directly to FEMA for review, and if necessary, to have an independent 3rd party issue a decision on any disputed facts related to coverage. The deadline to file the claim was initially September 15, 2015. With FEMA’s most recent announcement, homeowners and business owners will have another 30 days to file their claim for review or retain counsel to represent them in the filing of the claim.
About the Author: Christopher W. Gerold is an attorney in Chiesa, Shahinian & Giantomasi’s (“CSG Law”) Disaster Recovery Claims Group. For the past three years, Chris has been representing homeowners, condominium associations and businesses with their Sandy related insurance claims with a special focus on flood insurance. For more information on flood insurance and ways CSG Law can help you with your flood insurance claim, please contact Chris at (973) 530-2061.