Tennessee Insurance Lawyers for Hail-Related Damage
Helping policyholders throughout the Southeast and Midwest
Hailstorms can destroy roofs and other building components. While the damage can sometimes go unnoticed for months, hail damage causes roofs to deteriorate faster and will quickly lead to leaks. What’s worse, the cost of roof replacement is often shocking and creates major financial pressure for property owners.
The Tennessee-based insurance dispute lawyers at McWherter Scott & Bobbitt represent policyholders whose property has been damaged or destroyed by hail. We work with the insurance company adjusters to get claims resolved and when necessary, engage highly qualified engineers, consultants, estimators, and other professionals to assist in properly submitting hail damage claims and getting them appropriately paid. When insurance companies fail to act in good faith or make unreasonable settlement offers, we’re ready to take them to court.
Hail can happen even in warm weather
Hail is usually, but not always, related to local thunderstorms. Hail does not require extremely cold temperatures, and can happen any time of year. The size of the hail and speed of the winds can directly impact the amount of the damage. According to Krissy Hurley, Warning Coordination Meteorologist with the National Weather Service, “some of our biggest hail events outside of tornadoes, have occurred in the summer months.”
Hail can cause considerable damage
Hail often does the most damage to roofs. It can crack, break, and/or loosen shingles, cause fractures to roofing membranes, dents in metal roofs, and affect the longevity of the roof’s water shedding capability. Depending on the size of the hail and the strength of the wind, it can even break slate and concrete roofing tiles.
Hail can also do extensive damage to other building components, such as windows, gutters and downspouts, carports, fences, soft-metal components, and landscaping. It can even damage brick, chip paint, and destroy air conditioning units. It is critical that a building is fully and properly inspected after a hailstorm to identify all damage.