At Paul, Elkind, Branz & Kelton, we are committed to zealously representing our insurance carrier and self-insured clients in all aspects of Florida insurance disputes. We handle insurance matters involving homeowners' insurance defense, Special Investigations Unit (SIU)/fraud investigation, and liability defense.
Homeowners' Insurance Defense
We have attorneys with extensive experience representing homeowners' insurance carriers in pre-suit and litigation matters involving perils and claims including fire, wind, roof, water, tile, collapse, vandalism, theft, as well as assignment of benefit cases involving water mitigation, mold remediation and animal removal services.
Our attorneys assist the carriers with pre-suit matters including claim investigation, Special Investigation Unit (SIU)/fraud investigation, respond to Civil Remedy Notices, coverage analysis, conduct examinations under oath/sworn statements under oath, and provide legal recommendations on further claim administration. Our team of experienced trial attorneys also represents homeowners' insurance carriers in breach of contract actions and declaratory actions involving coverage disputes, scope of damage, underwriting issues and bad faith lawsuits.
Our attorneys handle these cases in state and federal courts throughout the state of Florida. In addition to their extensive pretrial and trial experience, our attorneys have handled numerous appeals. This allows our firm to handle any homeowners' claim from the initial investigation all the way through appeal, in the event it becomes necessary. We are equipped to handle any claim from beginning to end, thereby avoiding duplication of efforts and unnecessary expense for the carrier.
Special Investigations Unit (SIU)/Fraud Investigation
We have lawyers who specialize in representing insurance carriers in the investigation of suspicious claims and the defense of lawsuits involving concealment or fraud, arson, and application material misrepresentation issues. Our attorneys also assist carriers with complex investigations involving suspected insurance fraud. Our attorneys have prevailed in first-party homeowners' litigation via summary judgment on concealment or fraud issues. We also have experience representing carriers in affirmative relief actions against third parties for civil theft, fraud and civil remedy for criminal practices.
Our attorneys remain active in organizations that promote the prevention of insurance fraud, and stay current with the latest trends in the perpetuation, investigation and prevention of fraud and arson. In addition, our attorneys lend their own experience to assist in the prevention and detection of insurance fraud by presenting as speakers at industry conferences and seminars.
Our attorneys have experience representing commercial and residential insurance carriers, and self-insured and third-party administrators in liability claims and litigation throughout the state. Our attorneys defend cases involving premises liability, automobile negligence and equine negligence.