Water damage can happen suddenly, when you least expect it, or develop slowly over time. If not addressed quickly, it can result in extensive damage to your property, and lead to health problems for your family or employees.
At RA & Associates, we represent property owners in the Los Angeles area in water damage claims. Our team of seasoned attorneys, professionals, and licensed contractors are ready to take on insurance companies and responsible parties to pursue compensation for our clients. We have recovered more than $30 million in property damage insurance settlements for the people we represent.
Causes of Water Damage in Los Angeles
Property water damage can result from forces of nature, defects and problems with the building itself, or the appliances within the structure. Common causes include:
Rain, storms, and flooding
Broken water mains
Slope and soil problems
Roof and window leaks
Property Water Damage
Many water damage claims are filed during the rainy season in California. Water incursions can cause extensive damage to a building, and must be thoroughly and immediately addressed to contain the damage and expense of repairs. Damage begins immediately and problems become worse the longer the issue is left unaddressed.
Drywall can soak up water within hours and building materials begin to swell, warp, and split. Fungus can appear and window and door casings can deform in a matter of days. Wood building materials can rot, warp, and split in only a few weeks’ time, requiring demolition and replacement.
After extensive water damage, mold can grow on the property. The presence of mold can cause health problems, particularly for children, the elderly, or people who suffer from allergies or asthma.
Water Damage Insurance Coverage Issues
If you have water damage to your property, your insurer should settle your claim fully and promptly in a professional manner. If this does not occur, you need a knowledgeable property damage attorney to help you pursue the compensation you or your business deserves.
Coverage issues may arise related to limitations or exclusions for flooding, wear and tear, continuous leakage or seepage, or mold. Many policies have exclusions for mold damage. However, if mold resulted from a delay in handling a water damage claim, the insured may be able to claim bad faith compensation, even if mold damage is excluded under the policy.
Another area of dispute is often the extent of the damages. Water damage spreads, and experts may be required to assist in estimating the scope and cost of repairs.
Water Damage Lawyer in Los Angeles
Water damage can lead to serious and extensive claims, and the damage can catapult out of control if not correctly and quickly resolved. Property damage is among our specialty areas of practice at RA & Associates. We have more than a decade of experience and we are dedicated to pursuing the best possible results for our clients.
We handle all our cases on a contingency fee basis, which means that you pay us no fees until we are successful in obtaining compensation for you. If water has caused damage to your business property or home, contact us today for a consultation.