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Changes in flood insurance law may affect many in New York

Over recent years, news coverage has shown city after city devastated by floods that resulted from heavy rains, hurricanes and even massive snowmelt. Some homeowners living in known flood planes are required by insurance law to purchase flood coverage. However, the RAND corporation estimates that, in one recently devastated city, only about 25 to 45 percent of those homes were covered, possibly leaving thousands of families and individuals with few options. In New York, many homeowners may not realize their own homes are at risk.

Insurance company claims during natural disasters

Like many across the country, those in New York likely watched the news as devastating hurricanes battered the East Coast. While some may have breathed a sigh of relief to have been spared, others probably realized they could easily be the victims of such a tragedy, whether it comes as a hurricane, a blizzard or some other force of nature. When homes and valuables are at risk, homeowners may depend on their insurance company to get them back on their feet again after a disaster.

Doctors may overtreat to protect themselves from lawsuits

Whether a patient is seen in a New York doctor's office or in the emergency room, a single complaint may lead to a battery of tests, each one designed to rule out potential causes of the ailment. The patient may leave the facility with a prescription or even an appointment for a surgical procedure to treat the complaint. However, a recent study shows that many doctors overtreat their patients because they are afraid of being sued for malpractice.

Car accidents may lead to complex insurance litigation

With the rise in prescription drug addiction, it is not surprising to see an increase in motor vehicle accidents in New York and across the country. Car accidents involving impaired drivers may create complex situations for insurance companies, including those incidents that involve drivers who have no insurance due to previous impaired driving offenses. One recent accident may be an example of a complicated claims procedure that may result in insurance companies reaching out for legal assistance.

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