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May 20, 2024
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How to Handle Your Insurance Claims After a Severe Weather Storm in Texas

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On May 16, 2024, Houston was struck by a severe thunderstorm, bringing winds up to 78 mph and causing extensive damage across the city. The storm toppled trees, shattered windows, and left over 1 million residents without power. The harsh winds and heavy rainfall led to significant structural damage, particularly in downtown Houston, and tragically resulted in four fatalities.

As the community begins to recover, understanding how to navigate the aftermath and manage the insurance claims process is crucial for affected homeowners and businesses.

Texas Insurance Claims: 4 Immediate Steps After a Storm

After a storm, taking immediate action can significantly impact the effectiveness of your insurance claims process in Texas. Here are four crucial steps to follow right after a storm hits to ensure your home and family's safety and to prepare for a smooth insurance claim.

1. Check Your Home for Damage

After the storm passes, thoroughly inspect your home for any damage. Look for broken windows, roof damage, water leaks, and other structural issues. Document everything with photos and videos to provide detailed evidence for your insurance claim.

2. Review and Assess the Damage

Carefully review the extent of the damage. Make a list of all affected areas and items, noting their condition before and after the storm. This detailed assessment will be crucial when filing your insurance claim.

3. Contact Your Insurance Provider

Report the damage to your insurance company as soon as possible. Provide them with all the documented evidence and a detailed list of damages. Early reporting helps streamline the claims process, reduces insurance claim delays, and ensures quicker assistance.

4. Avoid Additional Damage Where Possible

Take immediate steps to prevent further damage to your property. Cover broken windows with plastic, tarp any roof damage, and remove standing water to prevent mold growth. Keep all receipts for materials and repairs, as these may be reimbursable under your policy.

Navigating the Insurance Claims After a Weather Storm in Texas

After reporting the initial damage and taking immediate protective measures, navigating the insurance claims process with diligence is crucial. Here are some steps to take during this phase:

  1. Meet with the Insurance Adjuster: An adjuster will visit to assess the damage. Be present during this inspection to discuss your concerns and ensure all damage is noted.
  2. Document Everything: Maintain a file with all correspondence, notes from discussions with the insurance company, receipts for expenses incurred (temporary repairs, additional living expenses), and any other documents related to the claim.
  3. Review the Settlement Proposal: When you receive the insurance company's settlement proposal, review it carefully. Ensure it covers all the damages and accurately reflects the costs of repairs or replacements. Do not hesitate to negotiate if the offer does not meet your expectations.
  4. Resolve the Claim: Once the settlement is agreed upon, ensure the insurance company sends the payment promptly. If disputes arise, consider seeking help from a legal advisor.
  5. Repair and Rebuild: With funds secured, you can begin the repair and rebuilding process. Hiring reputable contractors with experience in post-storm reconstruction is crucial to ensure high-quality work.

Understand the Legal Considerations

Understanding the legal considerations is crucial when navigating insurance claims after a weather storm in Texas. It’s important to know your rights as a policyholder. Familiarize yourself with the specifics of your insurance policy and Texas state laws regarding claims and settlements. This can empower you to advocate effectively for fair treatment and adequate compensation.

If disputes arise or if your insurance settlement does not cover all your losses, seeking legal advice on insurance coverage may be necessary. Legal professionals specialized in insurance law, including for natural disasters, can provide guidance, negotiate on your behalf, and ensure that your insurance claim is handled properly according to the law.


At McLaurin Law, we prioritize guiding our clients through the recovery process with unwavering compassion, transparency, and efficiency. While weather storms can be devastating, our thorough preparation and deep understanding of the insurance claims process ensure that we can work together toward a swift and equitable resolution.

If you have questions about your policy or need assistance with a claim, our team is here to help. Give us a call at (713) 322-5523. We’re committed to supporting our clients through their recovery journey, offering expert legal counsel every step of the way.

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