Hurricane Sandy, a 900-mile-wide hybrid of several weather systems, is wreaking havoc across the Eastern Seaboard, flooding streets, toppling trees and causing widespread power outages and property damage.
Hurricane Sandy and the flurry of recent hurricanes have led to a new law practice niche: hurricane law. Many personal injury attorneys are finding new avenues of revenue by handling hurricane damage claims on behalf of business and property owners. Hurricane lawyers help hurricane victims file insurance claims, interpret coverage issues and litigate insurance bad faith claims, in which hurricane insurance claims are wrongfully denied or mishandled. Hurricane attorneys help clients navigate all phases of the claims process, from initial damage evaluation through settlement, trial and appeal.
Other law practice areas that benefit from hurricanes and other weather disasters include wrongful death, personal injury and bad faith.