Hurricane Harvey ResourcesAug. 29 2017
We know that some of our members are likely having a difficult time with the effects of Hurricane Harvey. If there is anything we can do to help you with ethical or malpractice issues, let us know.
The Texas Supreme Court and the Court of Criminal Appeals have issued a joint order directing that disaster related delays should be considered good cause for extending deadlines.
The State Bar of Texas has a Disaster Relief Resources page that specifically addresses Harvey, including a change in insurance law that can affect Harvey claims. You may wish to advise your clients who may have suffered insured losses due to wind or flooding about this important change in the law.
House Bill 1774 becomes law on September 1, 2017. One provision of the bill may have the effect of decreasing the interest rate on a claim where an insurer improperly withholds payment, and of changing the interest calculation from compound interest to simple interest. Some noted insurance lawyers in the state advise clients to report Harvey claims to insurers by email prior to September 1 because of this change. It is important to note that this provision does not apply to Texas Windstorm Insurance Association claims.
Sometimes we all start to think about how to avoid problems after a disaster like Harvey has already stuck. If you are in that category, we recommend our article entitled When Disaster Strikes.
We sympathize with all who have suffered during Harvey, and hope for a quick recovery and an end to the rain.