Written by Irpino, Avin & Hawkins Law Firm on July 25, 2023Although hurricanes are rare, they can cause extensive damage when they occur. If your property suffered damage due to a New Orleans hurricane, it is only natural to expect your hurricane insurance company to compensate you for the full extent of the damage. But that is not always the case. Sometimes, your hurricane damage insurance claim can be underpaid for several reasons. Common justifications for underpaying a hurricane damage claim include the following:
- Policy exclusi... Read more
Written by Irpino, Avin & Hawkins Law Firm on February 12, 2019Construction is a dangerous industry. Falling objects, electrical malfunctions, welding accidents and more contribute to a high rate of worker injury on the job, which happens all too often. The construction industry has made an effort in recent years to address workplace safety and improve conditions for workers. Construction workers can help protect themselves by taking some basic steps to improve on-the-job safety.
1. Don't Leave Items Sitting Around the SiteThe best way to prevent accidents is to take a proactive approach to eliminating their causes. Trips and slips account for many construction worker injuries. By putting away tools and cleaning up after yourself ... Read more
Written by Irpino, Avin & Hawkins Law Firm on February 12, 2019People invest in insurance to provide peace of mind in case the worst should happen, such as a car accident or a storm that destroys your home. But an insurance company's settlement offer may not sufficiently cover the damages you have sustained or meet the level of need you experience after an accident. Do you have to accept the insurance claim? The answer is: No, you do not. Here is a step-by-step guide to navigating claim disputes.
1. Review Your Current CoverageBefore you dive into a protest, make sure you understand exactly what is covered under your policy. Insurance terminology can be confusing, and you should enter your dispute fully informed about dollar amounts and what your policy entitles you to.
2. Open a Dialogue With the Insura... Read more
Written by Irpino, Avin & Hawkins Law Firm on December 31, 2018When you receive a mesothelioma diagnosis, you go into survival mode. At first, you may worry only about treating this serious form of cancer, which is often caused by long-term exposure to asbestos. But soon, you will wonder how to provide for your family while you get treatment. You may feel angry about the circumstances of your illness, too, and decide to file a personal injury lawsuit seeking damages. Or, perhaps you have a loved one who died of this terrible disease, and you want to file a
Written by Irpino, Avin & Hawkins Law Firm on December 27, 2018Mesothelioma is a serious form of cancer often caused by long-term exposure to asbestos. You can file a personal injury lawsuit stemming from the development of mesothelioma, or you can file a wrongful death suit if a member of your family has died from the disease. If you file a lawsuit, you may get offered a settlement by the place you sue for responsibility for the mesothelioma, such as an employer whose work conditions included exposure to asbestos. A settlement is an agreement the two disputing parties reach that ends the lawsuit. Often, the parties can hammer out a settlement faster than awaitin... Read more