FEMA to Review Hurricane Sandy Claims in New Jersey and New York
After more than two years since Hurricane Sandy made landfall, FEMA has announced that it will review more than 140,000 flood insurance claims in New Jersey and New York. FEMA is agreeing to review these claims after allegations were made and substantiated that certain engineering firms were altering reports to underpay and wrongfully deny homeowners’ claims.
In November 2014, Eastern District of New York Magistrate Judge Gary Brown sanctioned a flood insurance company for secretly altering engineering reports that resulted in homeowners being underpaid and wrongfully denied benefits. Since that time, it has been determined that the altering of engineering reports was not an isolated incident and the practice was in fact widespread. As a result, FEMA has announced that they will be reviewing all Hurricane Sandy flood insurance claims.
While FEMA has not announced the process to review claims, the doorway has been opened for homeowners that were previously denied or underpaid benefits to take action. As a result, Wolff & Samson is once again reviewing flood insurance claims, with a special focus on those claims that were denied as a result of an insurance company engineer.
About the Author: Christopher W. Gerold is an attorney in Wolff & Samson’s Disaster Recovery Claims Group. For the past two 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 Wolff & Samson can help you with your flood insurance claim, please contact Chris at (973) 530-2061.