Property Theft Insurance Claim Attorney
Theft Insurance Claims
Burglary and theft are some of the most frightening experiences any property owner can experience. The fear of having your home or business broken into or having belongings stolen is the reason many people protect their homes with expensive security systems.
These same burglary or thefts is also why victims turn to a Property Theft Attorney to help make a claim. Insurance Companies will use tactics which may unfairly exploit flaws in your properties’ security, in an attempt to avoid paying to replace your stolen items or fix the damaged areas of your property.
Property Theft Attorneys in St Petersburg, Florida
Jonathon Douglas leads the Property Damage and Theft team at Battaglia Ross Dicus & McQuaid, P.A. The firm has been providing exceptional legal assistance to the Florida community for over 60 years. It has been repeatedly recognized for its dedicated service and has earnt a Tier 1 ranking from US News and World Reports.
If you have had items stolen or received property damage following the theft, then our Property Damage team can tackle the problematic and unforgiving insurance companies, who may underpay or even deny your claim.
Definition of Theft in Florida
Theft is when: A person commits theft if he or she knowingly obtains or uses, or endeavors to obtain or to use, the property of another with intent to, either temporarily or permanently: (a) Deprive the other person of a right to the property or a benefit from the property, or, (b) Appropriate the property to his or her own use or to the use of any person not entitled to the use of the property.
Your claim may also be suitable to be listed under various other categories of property crimes, such as larceny, burglary, shoplifting and vandalism.
What to do immediately following theft or burglary?
Once you are safe and calm, the following steps can prove crucial and extremely helpful in any property claim:
- Call the police and file a police report
- Contact your insurance company and inform them of the incident
- Make a list of everything you notice that has been stolen
- Make a list of everything you see that has been damaged
- Take photos and videos of the damage
- Contact a Property Theft or Burglary Attorney so they can provide you the best guidance
Why your claim may be underpaid or denied?
Your property theft claim may be underpaid or even denied, despite clear evidence and facts to support it. It’s important to remember that insurance companies are for-profit. They think about saving money and not whether you receive the figure you deserve.
An adjuster sent out to visit your property may overlook damage, or misvalue the stolen items which leave you underpaid. They may look to exploit weaknesses in your property’s security, despite it being unfair or irrelevant to do so.
Property Theft Assistance
An experienced and top quality Property Theft lawyer such as St Petersburg Property Damage Attorney Jonathon W Douglas with Battaglia Ross Dicus & McQuaid, P.A. will avoid these ‘bad faith’ tactics by the insurance company and seek to get you a greater financial outcome than you would have received alone.
They will work on your behalf from start to finish to help you replace and repair the damage or stolen parts of your property.
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We represent clients throughout Southwest Florida