19Sep 2017

Hurricane Irma Property Damage Claims Attorney

Hurricane Irma has come and gone leaving significant loss and damage across Southwest Florida. As you are dealing with the aftermath of the storm it is important to act quickly when filing your property damage claims. Many business and home owners in Florida pay a premium for insurance policies which are supposed to protect them from loss if their property incurs damages from a storm. Unfortunately, some insurance companies will minimize, delay or deny claims. If you have had damages to your property from Hurricane Irma such as roof damage, water damage, flooding, storm surge or storm loss, and your insurance company is trying to minimize, delay or deny your claim, contact us at Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice and Purtz. Our attorneys know how insurance companies work and we are here to fight for you.

Insurance Claims after Hurricane Irma

Dealing with insurance companies after a natural disaster can be as stressful as the hurricane itself. If you have homeowner’s insurance, flood insurance or other insurance policies which you are filing claims for, we can help you understand your policy and make sure that you receive the compensation that you deserve.

Tips for Filing Property Damage Claims

· Call your Insurance Company & File Quickly – Call your insurance company as soon as possible and document all conversations. Most insurance policies require that you file your claims immediately after the damage occurs. If you delay filing your claim, insurance companies might try to minimize, delay or even deny your claim.

· Take Pictures – Taking lots of pictures is very important. Pictures and documentation are important when showing the damages incurred and will help when seeking adequate compensation.

· Choosing a Repair Company – You have the right to choose your own repair company. Make sure you hire a qualified, reputable company and not just choose one based on cost. Many insurance companies will guide you into choosing their preferred companies. These preferred companies may save the insurance company money but may not be the best suited to repair your property. Get several estimates and compare before choosing.

· Save All Receipts and Document Everything – When filing a claim, you will often have to sign a “Proof of Loss” document prior to settling any claim. Make sure you obtain receipts for all repairs and transactions and document all calls.

Property Damage Insurance Claims Attorneys

If you have suffered loss and damages due to Hurricane Irma, and your insurance company is delaying, minimizing or denying your claims, it is important to seek legal consultation to protect your rights. The attorneys at Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice and Purtz have over 5 decades of experience dealing with insurance companies and property damage claims. We are here to fight for you and make sure that you receive proper compensation for your loss. We have six locations across Southwest Florida. Our offices are in Fort Myers (2 to serve you), Naples, Lehigh Acres, Cape Coral and Port Charlotte. Call the office located nearest you and set up your appointment for a free consultation. Justice Starts Now.

19Sep 2017

National Child Passenger Safety Week 2017

Every day thousands of children nationwide ride as passengers in motor vehicles as they are transported to daycares, schools, sporting activities, or to simply join their parents or caregivers in running errands. While the majority of these children are fortunate to arrive to and from there destination unharmed, others are not so lucky. Each year many innocent children are injured or killed as passengers in motor vehicle accidents. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, one child under the age of 13 is involved in a crash every 33 seconds. These crashes can lead to many injuries and deaths for young children. In fact, studies have shown that car crashes are the leading cause of preventable deaths for children ages 13 and under. During the week of September 17, 2017 through September 23, 2017 the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicle is promoting Child Passenger Safety week to remind all parents and caregivers to select, properly install and to correctly use the appropriate car seats, booster seats and safety restraints for their children.

Selecting the Proper Car Seats & Booster Seats

Selecting the proper car seat or booster seat for your child may sound simple, however the truth of the matter is, it may not be as easy as it sounds. Car seats and booster seats should not be selected based on if the price is discounted or if the color of the seat matches the interior of your vehicle. Car seats and booster seats need to meet federal motor vehicle safety standards and be the correct size and fit for your child. Child safety seats are based on your child’s age and weight. To view a detailed chart which explains the type of seat you should use for your child visit Car Seat Recommendations for Children.

Car Seat Installation

So, you have purchased the correct car seat, however do you know how to install it properly? Purchasing the correct car seat is the first step, but if the seat is not properly installed in your vehicle then your child may still be at risk of sustaining injuries should a motor vehicle crash occur. To view instructions or watch a video on how to install your car seat visit How to Install Your Car Seat. In addition to viewing the instructions or video, this Saturday, September 23, 2017 is National Seat Check Saturday. On this day parents and caregivers are encouraged to visit a car safety inspection station. Upon visiting the safety inspection station, a certified technician will inspect your car seat as well as give you hand-on advice free of charge. To find a find a safety inspection station nearest you visit Get Your Seat Inspected.

Protect Your Rights

While all motor vehicle accidents are awful, car crashes which involve children can be devastating. Being proactive and using the proper safety restraints for your children is one way to protect your little ones, however as cautious as you may be accidents still happen. Things such as distracted driving, drunk driving, drowsy driving and speeding cause tragic accidents which alter the lives of many families.

If you or someone you know has suffered injuries due to the negligence of another driver, seek advice from an experienced personal injury attorney. The attorneys at Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice and Purtz have over 5 decades of experience with personal injury cases. We have six locations in Southwest Florida. Our offices are in Fort Myers (2 to serve you), Cape Coral, Naples, Lehigh Acres and Port Charlotte. Call the office nearest you to set up your appointment for a free consultation. Justice Starts Now.

19Sep 2017

Fall Prevention Awareness Week 2017

For young children and healthy adults, falling may not be such a big concern, however for the elderly, falls can take a serious toll on their daily lifestyle and independence. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in the United States, an older adult falls every second of every day making falls the number one cause of injuries and unintentional deaths from injury among older Americans. In efforts to bring attention to the seriousness of falls in the elderly and to educate Americans on ways to reduce the risk of falling, the Fall Prevention Center of Excellence is celebrating Fall Prevention Awareness Week during the week of September 22, 2017 through September 28, 2017.

Fall Prevention Tips

· Rearranging furniture to allow more space for walking.

· Adding additional lighting to help increase the ability to see clearly

· Securing loose carpets to prevent slippage

· Cleaning up clutter such as pet toys, electrical cords, un-needed furniture or throw rugs

· Cleaning up spills immediately

· Installing grab bars in showers, bath tubs and toilet area

· Using non-skid mats in the shower and bath

· Placing nightlights in areas such as bathrooms, hallways and kitchens

· Arranging the home so items which are used daily are within reach

· If needed, supplying walking aids such as canes or walkers

Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths and Injuries (STEADI)

STEADI, or Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths and Injuries was created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help reduce the number of falls for older adults. STEADI offers information to healthcare providers, caregivers and patients. Information from STEADI includes how to screen for falls, online training, videos and informational brochures. For more information visit STEADI.

Protect your Rights

While many falls may not be cause for alarm, other falls could cause serious injuries such as concussions, traumatic brain injuries, hip fractures or more. If you or someone you love has suffered injuries from a fell due someone’s negligence, it is important to seek legal counsel. The attorneys at Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice and Purtz have over 50 years of experience with personal injury law. We have six locations in Southwest Florida. Our offices are in Fort Myers (2 offices to serve you), Cape Coral, Naples, Lehigh Acres, and Port Charlotte. Call our office today to schedule your appointment for a free consultation.

18Sep 2017

Hurricane Irma damage insurance claim information Lee and Charlotte CountiesWater damage in Downtown Fort Myers from Hurricane Irma

Has your insurance claim been denied? Having paid your insurance premiums faithfully, you rightfully expected the insurance company to be there if an accident such as a hurricane were to occur, yet all they provided were delay tactics, claim denials and insufficient payments.

Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz represent clients who are in a dispute over insurance coverage and insurance claims or have been denied coverage from their insurance company after damages from Hurricane Irma. Our insurance dispute attorneys represent clients in claims such as:

  • Life insurance claims
  • Auto claims
  • Health insurance claims
  • Long term disability claims
  • Homeowners claims
  • Property Claims
  • Accident or other personal injury claims

It’s important to know your rights. Many people are so overwhelmed by an accident and desperate for a settlement from the insurance company, they do not realize that the insurance company may not be giving them a fair settlement. Let Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz review your case and determine if we can secure coverage from your insurance company even if they have previously denied your claim.

We provide a free consultation to discuss your case and determine what can be done to protect your rights.

Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz, P.A. has six offices in Southwest Florida. The offices are located in Fort Myers (two offices to serve you), Cape Coral, Naples, Lehigh Acres, and Port Charlotte for your convenience. Call us first at 800-332-9404 or fill out a simple case form today.