Hurricane Accidents & Personal Injury Compensation
Living near the coast, Charleston residents and those surrounding the peninsula are no strangers to threats posed by tropical storms and hurricanes. When Hurricane Matthew hit the area as a category one storm recently, most of the city’s residents had been evacuated by order of the governor. While the element of danger is clear from the storm, there are still multiple risks for accidents and injuries during cleanup. For residents, commuters, and visitors to the city, the following is important information to be aware of regarding ongoing, storm related concerns.
Hurricane Accidents: Assessing the Damage
According to an October 11, 2016 Charleston Post and Currier report on Hurricane Matthew impacts, most of Charleston’s famed historic homes survived the wind and rain wrought by the hurricane, remaining intact. One 19th century home, however, was destroyed by fire in the aftermath, but it had long been sitting abandoned and shuttered. Additional surveys of the thousands of buildings located on the peninsula revealed less than 30 with any structural damages.
But there are still downed trees and power lines throughout Charleston, SC and the surrounding areas. While most of the traffic lights and signals that went out after Matthew have been restored, there are still some making it potentially dangerous for both drivers and pedestrians. Whether out walking or driving, it is important to remain vigilant and watch for debris and downed power lines that may clutter sidewalks and roads, as well as being cautious of ‘hurricane tourists’ who may be distracted while driving through affected areas.
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Hurricane Accidents: Dealing With Cleanup
As any Charleston resident knows, flooding is a part of life when you live in the city. Hurricane Matthew’s storm surge, however, brought more than the usual amount, and continues to leave many places throughout the area underwater. The Red Cross urges those traveling in and around the area to use caution when approaching places that are still recovering. When driving, avoid large puddles and pay attention to posted signs and warnings, steering clear of areas blocked with traffic cones to prevent accidents and injuries. When cleaning up after a flood, mold and structural damage are major considerations. The Red Cross recommends doing the following:
- Play it safe. Flood waters can damage your home’s foundation and leave behind toxins that can make you sick. Throw out items such as mattresses and carpets, and use caution to avoid cutting yourself on broken objects.
- Ask for help. If damage is severe at your home or business, contact a contractor or building inspector to help assess. Check your home insurance policy documents to see what is covered, and tune into local news for information as disaster relief funds become available.
While you cannot sue high winds and flooding for property damage or your injuries, you should get a personal injury lawyer North Myrtle Beach to look over your homeowner insurance. They will also check other active insurance policies you have signed up for in the last years. In some cases, insurance adjusters will compensate you for material losses and injuries, but they will try to offer smaller sums compared to what you need and deserve. Here is where an experienced attorney comes in to lead negotiations and even file a lawsuit. Even if the insurance company seems to play a fair game, you still need an attorney to ensure you get what you are owed with no strings attached.
Get Help From a Charleston, SC Personal Injury Lawyer
If you or someone you care about has been injured as the result of a hurricane accident or personal injury, contact Anastopoulo Law Firm today. Our experienced attorneys are here to provide the legal representation you need to assist you in getting compensation for the damages you have suffered.