Tropical Storm Colin- 5 Steps to Protect Your Home & Business During a Storm

Being only a few days into hurricane season, we already have our first event on the horizon. Tropical storms and hurricanes alike bring powerful winds and dump tons of rain, while increasing the likelihood of flooding and tornados. With Tropical Storm Colin already wreaking havoc on Florida’s west coast, we’d thought it would be useful to share a quick checklist in how to prepare for a storm.

  1. Update your insurance. Make sure you have a policy that matches your needs.
  2. Secure your windows and doors. Broken doors and windows can let in rain, wind, and debris while increasing the pressure under your roof. Hurricane shutters or boarding up your windows and using deadbolt locks are preferred.
  3. Protect your roof. Consider hurricane straps to ensure your roof is bolted to the rest of your house. Inspect your roof tiles or shingles to make sure they are secure. Loose roof titles become deadly projectiles in high winds!
  4. Trim your trees. Fall trees and fractured branches are a main cause of insurance claims. Be sure to do a little landscaping prior to the storm.
  5. Take inventory of everything in your home. The last thing you want to be doing after you’ve been affected by a storm is to try to remember everything you had in the house. Store this list electronically in the cloud. Download Dropbox or use your iCloud. Storms may be comprised of clouds, but your electronic information is safe in the cloud.

As Tropical Storm Colin carves its path through central and northern Florida over the next several days, bringing high winds and heavy rains, be sure to take steps to ensure you are protected. Despite even the best precautions, these storms are powerful and cause damage. If you are a homeowner or business owner who suffers property damage, call our office for a free consultation about your rights.

Car Accident Attorney

The Car Accident Check List

Have you been injured in a car accident? There are some things you need to do in order to protect yourself!

1. Stay at the scene but be sure to secure your safety!

Safety first!

2. Check on all drivers and passengers

Make sure the parties involved

3. Call the police

4. Exchange information

Get the names, numbers, addresses, drivers’ license numbers, license plate numbers, and basic insurance information from all drivers involved. If there are passengers, also obtain their names, numbers, and addresses. In talking to other drivers, try to be cordial and cooperative.

5. Don’t apologize or admit liability! 

6. Talk to witnesses

Ask every witness what he or she saw. Get their names, numbers, or addresses, if possible. Ask locals if they’ve ever witnessed other accidents in the same place.

7. Inform your insurance company

Promptly tell your insurance company you’ve been in an accident. Cooperate with them and tell them the truth about what happened and the extent of your injuries. Explain the facts clearly.

8. Keep track of your medical treatment

In Florida, its best practice that you seek medical treatment without 14 days of your accident.

9. Take pictures

Take photographs of any damage to your vehicle as soon as possible after the accident. Photos helps your insurance adjuster determine how much you should be compensated for the damage to your car and can help in court. Pictures of your car before the accident can offer a great “compare and contrast” to show the true extent of the damage sustained in the accident.

10. Get a property damage valuation

11. Use caution in discussing the incident

Don’t talk to anyone about the accident other than your lawyer, your insurance company, and the police.

12. Be wary of early settlement offers

Be very cautious of any early settlement options. You should consult an attorney before accepting any offer.

13. Consider hiring an attorney

If the accident cause injury or significant property damage, you should consider hiring an experienced attorney. You may be entitled to damages and compensation from the insurance company and/or the other parties involved.

At The Law Offices of Jerrod Paul, all consultations are free. You will not pay a dime in legal fees unless we recover a settlement on your behalf.



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