Almost a year after the storm, Jersey shore residents and business owners are still fighting with their insurance companies over their Sandy damage claims. They have just a few weeks left to file appeals of their flood insurance settlements, and many homeowners’ policies in New Jersey place a one year statute of limitations on filing lawsuits.
Gigi Liaguno-Dorr, owner of Jakeabob's Bay restaurant in Union Beach, N.J., says her property insurance company has paid her a fraction of the damage to the building. The company told her it will only pay for wind damage, not the problems caused by water.
"Then come fix it. If you can fix it for $9657.14, come fix it!,'" Liaguno-Dorr told the company. After getting nowhere, she is one of hundreds who have called a lawyer.
The law firms have their own adjusters, engineers and meteorologists, who document the damages and attempt to get the insurance companies to pay more on the claims. But even if there’s ultimately a favorable resolution, it could take another year for the cases to be resolved.
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