My clients sustained a fire loss at their home.  The fire, smoke and water also significantly damaged their personal property.  As a result, they were out of the house for quite a while and incurred additional living expenses. 

The claim was submitted to their homeowners insurance company for payment.  The insurance company has paid some

In The Florida Insurance Guaranty Association, Inc. v. Shadow Wood Condominium Association, ____ So.3d ____ (Fla. 4th DCA December 2, 2009), FIGA moved for appraisal of a condo claim.  The insured argued that FIGA’s predecessor waived its right to demand appraisal by failing to provide the insured notice of the state sponsored mediation program pursuant to 627.7015(2). 


In State Farm Florida Insurance Company v. Nichols, ____ So.3d ____ (Fla. 5th DCA November 6, 2009), the insured homeowners submitted a claim to State Farm for sinkhole damage.  The amount of the loss was settled by appraisal.  Although the appraisal awarded an amount for subsurface sinkhole repairs, State Farm refused to pay for the

In State Farm Florida Insurance Company v. Seville Place Condominium Association, Inc., ____ So.3d ____ (Fla. 3rd DCA October 14, 2009) a group of condos was damaged by Hurricane Wilma.  Seville submitted the claim to State Farm.  Seville presented an estimate of damage in excess of $4.6 million.  State Farm initially paid a total of $90,564.62 on the

In Florida Insurance Guaranty Association, Inc. v. Castilla, ____ So.3d. ____, (Fla. 4th DCA September 30, 2009), the insureds submitted a Hurricane Wilma claim to their homeowners insurer.  The insurer paid a portion of the claim, and refused to pay any more.  The insurer then went into liquidation at which point the claim was taken over by FIGA.  

In Citizens Property Insurance Corporation v. Cuban-Hebrew Congregation of Miami, Inc., 34 FLW D333 (Fla. 3rd DCA February 11, 2009), the insured property was damaged by wind, and Citizens paid what it believed was the appropriate amount under its policy.  Thereafter, the insured filed suit against Citizens for breach of the insurance contract for underpaying the claim.  The trial court

My client, a water extraction and mold remediation company, performed services for a homeowner insured under a State Farm Florida insurance policy. State Farm refused to pay the entire bill, and in accordance with Florida Statute Section 627.7015, Fla. Stat., offered our client the opportunity to participate in the state sponsored mediation program. My client accepted

The courts continue to award attorneys fees as the result of appraisal, even upon timely payment of the appraisal award by the insurer. 

On November 19, 2008, the Third District Court of Appeal issued its opinion in Holder v. State Farm Insurance Company.    After the insured suffered hurricane damage, the State Farm adjuster offered (and non-binding