FEMA Announces Proof of Loss Extension to December 31, 2017!

FEMA has extended the Proof of Loss deadline, giving flood insured Louisiana homeowners more time to submit their Proof of Loss. The new deadline is December 31, 2017.

Now that the Proof of Loss deadline has been extended, you can still Get Flood Help submitting a supplemental proof of loss claim to get the money you deserve from your flood insurance company. We urge everyone who has not taken action to act now.  

Even if you’ve already received money, your repairs are complete, or you think your claim is closed, it isn’t too late. We represent hundreds of homeowners, and are getting your neighbors more money from flood insurance. Don’t leave potentially tens of thousands of your hard-earned dollars on the table. If you did not receive policy limits, you may have been underpaid. Call us today for a free claim review.

Call 225-29-FLOOD (225-293-5663)

For your convenience, we have included a link to FEMA’s official announcement granting the extension.

FEMA GRANTS PROOF OF LOSS EXTENSION

You can also view The Advocate article announcing the extension here.

WDSU: Extension sought for 2016 flood victims to file claims, Louisiana NAACP now involved

It was one of the worst floods to hit Louisiana, the one that devastated hundreds of homeowners last summer in the Baton Rouge area.

But a deadline is fast approaching for people who need more money for repairing their damage. The Federal Emergency Management Agency declared 20 parishes federal disaster areas.

Some said millions of dollars could potentially be left on the table. Flood victims said they haven’t fully recovered from last year’s flood and are dealing with major problems with their insurance companies.

Residents and the head of the state NAACP are urging the state to extend a Sept. 1 deadline to file a claim. It’s a deadline that many people are unaware even exists.

Some flood victims said the money they’ve received from their insurance carriers is not adequate and is well below the damage total. Last August, floodwater destroyed hundreds of homes in the Baton Rouge area.

The damage total: Well into the hundreds of millions of dollars.

The flooding was called once-in-a-lifetime by the governor. Louisiana residents must submit what’s called a proof of loss form required for a flood insurance claim.

The proof of loss form — a sworn statement made by the policyholder — is part of the requirement for a flood claim to be processed. That’s why it’s important to file before the Sept. 1 deadline.

Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon also formally asked FEMA to extend the deadline.

“The Sept. 1 proof of loss deadline is so important because if homeowners let this deadline pass without submitting a supplemental claim, then the insurance company on a technicality, could forever bar the homeowner from getting the money they’re owed,” said Raj Pandit, owner of the Pandit Law Firm in New Orleans.

Pandit said if homeowners do not get what they’re owed, he is prepared to file more than 700 federal lawsuits against insurance carriers.

“I know a lot of people around here who don’t know anything about a deadline, and that is very unfortunate … I wish I could go around door to door and tell everybody,” said Virginia Firmin, who lives in Denham Springs.

The Louisiana chapter of the NAACP issued a letter Wednesday, asking the insurance commission to extended the Sept. 1 deadline.

– Travers Mackel, WDSU News

Read the original article here. 

Letter from Raj Pandit

This morning I created a petition on Facebook asking that the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) issue an extension of at least 90 days for August Louisiana flood victims to file their Proof of Loss (POL) documents. FEMA’s failure to grant an extension could result in tens of thousands of flooded, insured homeowners being denied any additional insurance payments for their August flood damage so that they may restore their lives.

We are petitioning FEMA to extend this deadline because thousands of homeowners either need more time to document their flood damages, and far too many homeowners simply do not understand the punitive nature of the POL deadline.

According to FEMA’s own statistics, damage to the average insured victim’s home in the August-LA flood event was 35% greater than that in Hurricane Sandy. Yet, victims of Hurricane Sandy received two full years to submit their Proofs of Loss. This is not right, and is why we are pushing FEMA to grant this extension!

For these and numerous other reasons, Louisiana homeowners need more time to file supplemental Proofs of Loss to address these issues.

Please sign our Petition (and share the following link in your social media networks):

FEMA, Extend the Proof of Loss Deadline for LA Flood Victims

Do What’s Right! Extend the Proof of Loss Deadline!

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URGENT LETTER TO FEMA was posted to the Get Flood Help Facebook page. Dear Administrator Fugate, Help Louisiana Home Owners! Extend the Proof of Loss Deadline!

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