Baron & Budd, Childress Loucks & Plunkett Accepting Cases Involving First Party Insurance Claim Disputes Arising from Hurricane Matthew

December 13, 2016  |  Press Releases

Firms to Work Together on Behalf of Entities Facing Unfair Claims Practices

DALLAS (Dec. 8, 2016) – The attorneys with Baron & Budd and Childress Loucks & Plunkett are accepting cases from homeowners, business owners, property managers, condominium associations, and Homeowners Associations in Florida, South Carolina, Georgia, and neighboring states involved in insurance disputes arising from claims related to Hurricane Matthew. The two firms are combining their efforts in order to help those whose property damage claims have either been underpaid or denied entirely.

Hurricane Matthew killed hundreds of people in the Caribbean and 49 more in the U.S., and caused billions of dollars in damage. Thousands of insurance claims have been made as a result.

However, in many instances, insurance companies are either denying the property damage claims or not paying the full value of those claims.  Insurers often use several different tactics to avoid paying claims or to pay less than the full value of the claim. These include:

  • Delaying the processing of a claim
  • Using creative language in contracts to avoid liability
  • Making an initial offer that is much less than the claim is worth, often leading the policyholder to accept a smaller settlement amount than they would have otherwise received
  • Attributing damage to “wear and tear” or a construction defect

Childress Loucks & Plunkett has more than 30 years of experience representing clients in insurance disputes. The firm has helped clients obtain millions of dollars in property insurance claim settlement compensation from carriers that were offering a mere fraction of what those clients deserved.

Some of the firm’s results in these types of cases include:

  • A property insurance claim settlement valued at more than $1 million on behalf of a Florida homeowner. The client had suffered property damage due to a water intrusion, and the insurance company’s initial offer was less than $40,000.
  • Multiple jury verdicts ranging from $1.5 million to $4.4 million for hurricane damage to Florida condominiums.
  • Several million dollar settlements for water damage to condominiums in Florida.
  • Multi-million dollar settlement against a Florida homeowner’s insurance carrier and contractors related to water intrusion.
  • Recovered over $1.5 million in lost business income caused by Hurricane Katrina for a Louisiana manufacturer.
  • In Illinois, over $1.5 million for a medical office affected by water damage.
  • In Nevada, over $1 million for a single family home affected by water damage.

“Baron & Budd is proud to partner with Childress Loucks & Plunkett in an effort to help claimants fight back against these and other tactics that many insurers use to the detriment of their customers,” said Russell Budd, president and managing shareholder of the national law firm of Baron & Budd. “We are ready to provide representation so they can obtain the compensation they deserve for the losses they have suffered.”

If you represent a Homeowners Association, a condominium association or a property management company, or you are a business owner involved in an insurance claims dispute arising from Hurricane Matthew, we may be able to help. Click here or call 866-700-8994 to learn more.


The law firm of Baron & Budd, P.C., with offices in Dallas, Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Austin and Los Angeles, is a nationally recognized law firm with a nearly 40-year history of "Protecting What’s Right" for people, communities and businesses harmed by negligence. Baron & Budd’s size and resources enable the firm to take on large and complex cases. The firm represents individuals and government and business entities in areas as diverse as dangerous pharmaceuticals and medical devices, environmental contamination, the Gulf oil spill, financial fraud, Fair Labor Standards Act violations, deceptive advertising, automotive defects, trucking accidents, nursing home abuse, and asbestos-related illnesses such as mesothelioma.

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