Dallas Tornado Touches Down; Leaves A Trail of Damage
Residents in North Texas including Dallas and Fort Worth are waking up to a trail of devastation after a tornado touched down Sunday evening.
Officials from the Dallas Fire and Rescue Department confirmed that the tornado touched down at approximately 9:00 PM according to a news release. The storm also brought lightning, heavy rainfall, half dollar-sized hail, as well as strong 70 MPH winds that reportedly blew debris three miles into the air and left approximately 65,000 residents without power.
At the time of this writing, according to city officials, there have been three persons who have been hospitalized for non-life threatening injuries and six others who suffered minor injuries when an 18-wheeler was flipped over. No fatalities have been reported, however, Dallas first responders are still going door-to-door doing welfare checks in affected areas.
October 2019 Dallas Tornado Videos and Photos
— Athena Rising (@AthenaRising) October 21, 2019
Whoa… Insane view of Dallas tornado, that moved through moments ago. pic.twitter.com/Uzmzy2JGBA
— Dakota Smith (@weatherdak) October 21, 2019
— Vortex Crew (@VortexChasing) October 21, 2019
This is the scene at Walnut Hill and Monroe in NW Dallas. This is awful! Search and Rescue efforts are underway in this area now. Crews going door to door. Stay clear of this area and say a prayer for these folks. @CBSDFW #DallasTornado #txwx pic.twitter.com/kPHgnqEHfl
— Ken Molestina (@cbs11ken) October 21, 2019
— Jason Whitely (@JasonWhitely) October 21, 2019
— Josh Christopherson (@JoshChris) October 21, 2019
— Matthew Smith (@mattasmith) October 21, 2019
What Should I Do If My Home Was Damaged By The Dallas Tornado?
When dealing with your homeowner’s insurance, there are plenty of pitfalls that can hurt or even end your chances of getting a fair value for your tornado damage claim. To ensure that your tornado claim has, at least, a fighting chance, take the following steps:
- File Your Claim – You’d be surprised how many people hold off on actually doing something as important such as filing their claim, but it does happen. Don’t wait a few weeks to file your claim; do it right now. A decent portion of the city of Dallas was affected by this tornado, which means thousands of homes and businesses will need to be inspected by an adjuster. To avoid delays in your claim, make sure that you call your insurance company and file your claim immediately. The longer you wait, the further behind the line you’ll likely be to have an adjuster come by and inspect your house.
- Take Pictures – Don’t wait for the adjuster to come to your home and to take their own pictures; this is YOUR home and this is YOUR claim. Make sure that you have every bit of damage photographed so that you may be able to submit this as supplemental evidence to help your claim.
- Mitigate Your Damages – In your policy, you likely have a clause that states that you must reasonably “mitigate” any damage to your home. If you have a roof that’s missing shingles, you’re going to need to put up a tarp. It’s important to make sure that the interior water damage doesn’t get any worse because any other additional damage from, for example, another storm that hits while you wait for your claim to be resolved WILL NOT BE COVERED.
What Happens If My Tornado Damage Claim Is Rejected or I Don’t Get A Fair Value For My Tornado Claim?
The first thing you must know is that your claim is not over and that you can fight the insurance’s decision if it’s been rejected or underpaid. There are a few options you can take, some that even your insurance may be able to provide for you, however, your best bet is to speak with an experienced storm damage lawyer who has a track record with negotiating and dealing with a wide variety of insurance carriers.
Most storm damage lawyers have the resources and experience to help navigate your storm damage claim and see what exactly is the best option for you.
How Am I Supposed To Pay For A Storm Damage Lawyer?
Most storm damage lawyers actually don’t take a fee up-front. They work on what’s called a “contingency fee” where, if there’s a settlement, it is split between yourself and the handling attorney. They work on the case as an investment and put up all the research, inspection, or even court costs upfront for your case without you having to worry about any of it.
With the storm damage lawyers at Moore Law Firm, if there is no settlement, then you pay absolutely nothing. Our payment system is set up to help ensure that there are absolutely no out-of-pocket costs to you.
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