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Was Your Business Damaged by the Texas Winter Storm?
Was your business damaged by the recent winter storm? If so, it is advisable to review your policy and claim with an experienced attorney. Your insurance policy contains specific requirements and duties you must follow after sustaining a loss. Failure to comply with these requirements and duties may jeopardize prompt and full payment of your claim.
Business Interruption Insurance Lawyers in Dallas & Houston, Texas
The entire purpose of insurance is to soften the financial burden surrounding a business loss. When your business purchases an insurance policy that provides Business Interruption Coverage or Extra Expense Coverage, you expect the coverage to help your business survive after a devastating loss.
Business Income Coverage is intended to compensate the business owner for income lost during the period of restoration, a defined term in the policy during which Business Interruption Coverage applies. Generally, it begins when the direct physical damage occurs and ends either on the date that the damaged property should be repaired, rebuilt, or replaced, or at such time as set forth in the policy.
Was Your Business Impacted By The Recent Virus Pandemic?
Businesses across the nation have faced closures resulting from local or state-wide orders. These Civil Authority closures have had a devastating effect on the viability of businesses across the United States. Hotels, restaurants, retail, and other businesses have been forced to lay off employees while attempting to make ends meet to prevent permanent closure.
While many commercial insurance policies provide Business Interruption coverage for Business Income or Extra Expense losses, different policies provide different levels of coverage. These coverages are intended to help a business survive after a devastating loss. In addition to the Federal assistance potentially available to businesses during the pandemic, many business owners are filing claims under their commercial insurance policies for losses and closures related to this recent crisis.
It is likely that many insurance companies will take the position that their insurance policies do not provide coverage for Business Interruption during this period. It is, therefore, essential that you have a clear understanding of the business income loss coverage your commercial policy provides.
Grisham & Kendall, PLLC has significant experience representing businesses in cases involving denied or underpaid claims, including claims Business Interruption claims.
We offer a complimentary review of your potential case including review of your insurance Policy to assist with the determination of whether coverage may be available for Business Income Losses related to Соvіd-19 (Соrоnаvіrus)
Contact Grisham & Kendall, PLLC, at (214) 308-2027 for a free consultation or policy review as soon as possible.
Our large hotel was severely damaged by hail. After significant delays by the insurance company, our claim was denied. We hired Bill Kendall and Grisham & Kendall soon after. Through Bill’s efforts during our lawsuit, we were able to reach a favorable settlement close to trial. We would certainly recommend Grisham & Kendall, PLLC to any property owner whose insurance company isn’t treating them fairly.D. Patel – Hotel Hail Claim
My wife and I thought we were heading into a complicated legal odyssey with a destroyed commercial property until we hired Bill Kendall. His sustained focus and hard work was so effective that we had a great settlement within hours of the first deposition.F. Jones – Multi-Family Property Claim (Dallas, TX)
The intent of Business Interruption Coverage is to put insured persons in the same position they would have been had the loss not occurred. Without specific endorsements, physical damage to the insured’s property must occur for properties listed in the declarations. Business Income Coverage pays for the net income that would have been earned, operating expenses (including payroll), and loss of rents incurred during the period of restoration because of suspension of operations due to a covered loss. Policies also often include coverage for Extra Expenses incurred, which are required to keep the business operating during the period of restoration.
Our firm offers a comprehensive range of services related to Business Interruption claims including:
- Advising the policyholder on how to compile documentation supporting the claim
- The calculation and documentation of loss of rents
- Determination of loss of projected sales
- Calculation and documentation of Extra Expenses that are related to the operation of the business during restoration
- Preparation of financial projections for the period of suspension
- Preparation of a Business Interruption claim for submission, supported by reports, schedules, and documentation from qualified experts
Questions Business Owners ask after a devastating loss
- My business cannot operate after the fire. We lost everything. Now what?
- My apartment complex suffered extensive damage from a water leak and 20 tenants were displaced. I suffered rent losses and other expenses. How can I get the help I need to keep from losing my business?
- My small business suffered inventory and payroll losses due to a fire. What next?
- How do I deal with the complexities of Business Interruption loss and prepare a claim that will be accepted and paid?
Contact A Texas Business Interruption Insurance Lawyer
The business interruption attorneys at Grisham & Kendall, PLLC represent commercial property owners whose claims have been wrongly denied or underpaid. If you find yourself in a dispute with your insurance company, please contact us to discuss how we may be of assistance. The attorneys at Grisham & Kendall, PLLC can help you recover what you deserve under your insurance policy. Please call Grisham & Kendall, PLLC at (214) 308-2027 or contact us online today.
Business Interruption Insurance
When a business is hit with an unfortunate disaster, such as a fire, tornado, hurricane, or other damage, that causes it to temporarily close its doors, it can take an enormous toll on the proprietor’s business income. While a business owner may have insurance that covers the cost of repairs, they also need some way to cover the cost of the income they are losing while their doors are closed. That is where business income insurance, also known as business interruption insurance, comes in. Unfortunately, business income insurance can be tricky, and some insurance companies attempt to deny or severely underpay claims at a time when business owners are most in need.
If your business was hit by disaster and your insurance company is denying or underpaying your business interruption insurance claim, you may need the counsel of an experienced Dallas insurance lawyer. To speak with an attorney who may be able to help you hold your insurance company accountable for what you are due, contact the firm of Grisham & Kendall, PLLC, today at (214) 308-2027.
What You Should Know About Business Income Insurance
Business income insurance provides business owners with a portion of the potentially lost income they suffer when they must shut down business temporarily. The following are some important points to keep in mind about business income insurance:
- Insurance companies take discontinued expenses into consideration
- Extra coverage can be purchased to cover not only the lost income up to the point of re-opening, but also the potential time it takes to regain clientele
- Business income is defined as the potential gross profit or earnings of the business
- Business income insurance does not provide coverage for repairs
Because the potential income lost is only an estimate, insurance companies may attempt to underpay or deny your claim. In these cases, legal action may be necessary.
At Grisham & Kendall, PLLC, our Dallas business interruption attorneys have years of experience helping clients obtain the insurance payments they need when their insurance providers falsely deny a claim. For more information on how we may be able to help you, contact us today at (214) 308-2027.
Claiming Business Income Loss
Unfortunate disasters, such as fires, powerful storms, tornadoes, and earthquakes, can physically damage a business establishment, causing it to temporarily close its doors in order to make repairs. During this time, with the main operations of the business on hold, there can be a significant loss of income. For this reason, many people choose to purchase business income loss insurance. This type of insurance does not provide coverage for actual physical damage, but it does provide coverage for the loss of income the business experiences due to temporarily shutting down.
If your business is insured with business income loss but your insurance company is denying or underpaying a legitimate claim, you should consult with an experienced Dallas insurance attorney about the possibility of litigation. To speak with an attorney about your case today, contact Grisham & Kendall, PLLC, at (214) 308-2027.
Steps to Take When Your Business is Damaged
When your place of business is damaged and you have to shut down for a period of time, there are a few steps to take in order to make a claim on your insurance:
- Look over your income loss insurance policy to understand how thoroughly you are covered
- Contact your insurance company to inform them of your temporary loss of business income
- Fill out a claim form and include the extent of your projected losses
- Keep a record of all the expenses you incur and the losses in income related to the temporary suspension of normal business activity
After taking these steps, if you are unsure or believe that your insurance company is unfairly denying your claims, consult with an experienced insurance attorney to find out how you may be able to collect the full amount of compensation you believe you are owed.
At Grisham & Kendall, PLLC, our Dallas income loss lawyers believe that everyone should be given their due payment from insurance companies when they suffer from business income loss. If your business has had to temporarily shut down and your insurance company is unfairly denying or underpaying your claim, contact our firm today at (214) 308-2027.
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