This year’s Atlantic hurricane season is expected to be the most active since 2012. In light of this, attorneys at Cecere Santana, which focuses on cases relating to property damage and personal injury, stress people be prepared to protect not only themselves, but their assets.
“People need to prepare now,” said Erick Santana, a founding partner at Cecere Santana. “First and foremost, have a plan to protect you and your family. Don’t wait until it is too late to secure water, food and safety supplies. Once a storm begins, stay inside and ride it out.”
In regards to insurance and protecting assets in the event property is damaged or destroyed by a storm, attorney Michael Cecere lists the following three tips:
No. 1: Be prepared to document a claim before it occurs. “Take still pictures or videos of your house and personal belongings to ensure there is no doubt as to what you owned before the storm,” said Cecere.
No. 2: Gather receipts for expensive items. If people do not have receipts, Cecere suggests creating an inventory, including the make, model, year of purchase and cost of an item, and storing the information in a safe place where it cannot be destroyed. “You should also consider an electronic copy of these documents or sending a copy to a friend or family member out of state,” he added.
No. 3: Contact an attorney after any loss. “If you have any questions after a loss, an experienced attorney can help with your property claim,” said Cecere. “An attorney can navigate the claim process for you, including documenting and presenting your claim. Also, if you have to file a lawsuit against your insurance carrier, and you prevail, the insurance carrier will be responsible for your attorney fees.”
About Michael Cecere and Erick Santana, Cecere Santana, PA
Attorney Michael Cecere is a Board Certified Civil Trial lawyer and cofounder of the firm Cecere Santana, PA. He works on civil trial litigation and has over 15 years of experience in the courtroom, trying over 65 cases to verdict. Attorney Erick Santana has been evaluating personal injury cases for over 20 years, and has successfully settled thousands of cases for his clients. As a former insurance adjuster, he knows first-hand what challenges clients face when dealing with insurance companies. Cecere Santana, PA represents cases relating to homeowner’s and property claims, personal injury, workers’ compensation and immigration. For more information, please call (800) 753-5529, or visit https://www.ceceresantana.com.