Wednesday, May 31, 2017

American Red Cross Offers Suite of Mobile Apps

Houston-area attorney Bill Voss has led The Voss Law Firm, PC, for over a decade. As the firm’s founding attorney, he primarily assists clients with cases involving insurance litigation. Dedicated to supporting his community, Bill Voss donates his time and resources to several charitable organizations, including the American Red Cross. 

In its efforts to assist those affected by emergencies, the American Red Cross offers a suite of mobile apps that promote disaster and emergency preparedness and facilitate the delivery of emergency services. The organization recently announced that over 1 million people have downloaded its Blood Donor App, which is available for free on Android and iPhone devices. 

Launched in 2014, the Red Cross’ Blood Donor App helps users find donation sites and to schedule an appointment to give blood from their smartphone or tablet. Since its launch, hundreds of thousands of appointments have been made through the app, which received a 2016 Webby Award. 

In addition to the Blood Donor App, the Red Cross’ suite of mobile applications includes its popular Emergency App and a First Aid App. The organization also offers the Hero Care App, which provides information about military-related support services and serves as a communication link between active-duty service members and their families.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Steps to Take Following an Insurance-Covered Fire

Based in The Woodlands, Texas, Bill Voss offers clients a full range of results-focused legal services that include those involving challenging insurance claims after fires. Bill Voss has represented large businesses spanning Texas and beyond in filing insurance claims and completing the steps necessary to achieve optimal insurance recoveries.

Following a fire, begin by documenting losses with photos before any cleanup occurs or temporary repairs are made. Don’t throw out the damaged property without making 100 percent sure that the insurance company does not need to examine it in person. Next, secure bids from several contractors, both as a way of ascertaining a realistic value of the fire insurance claim and finding an ideal fit for work when it commences.

The fire insurance claim process can be a lengthy one and necessary temporary repairs should be undertaken from the outset, with all associated costs documented. However, it's a good idea to wait until directed to proceed by the insurer before starting in on costly permanent repairs.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Common Mistakes to Avoid When Claiming Homeowners Insurance

Bill Voss, a reputable attorney in Texas, leads the Voss Law Firm, PC as owner and founder. Under his leadership, his law firm provides a full range of legal services that focus on insurance liability claims. Alongside his team, Bill Voss handles commercial, church, apartment, and residential insurance claims for a variety of disasters.

Many homeowners known that filing an insurance claim is a complicated process. Even after filing all the paperwork and going through all the steps, some homeowners may receive less than they deserve due to the following common, yet avoidable mistakes:

Filing unnecessarily – The purpose of most home insurance plans is to cover damage resulting from major disasters. Still, some homeowners file for minor expenses. This does not automatically mean the claim is invalid, but filing multiple claims within a short amount of time can result in a homeowner being flagged for higher premiums by their insurance company.

Waiting to contact an insurance agent – When something happens, homeowners must contact their insurance agent immediately and get the claims process started. One of the reasons homeowners should do this is because their insurance company may want to visually inspect the damage. Another reason is that some insurance plans only cover claims that are made within a reasonable amount of time.

Lack of proper documentation – Good documentation serves as the foundation to a successful home insurance claim. In the case of a disaster, homeowners should take photographs and videos of the damage from varying angles. Additionally, they should keep copies of insurance quotes, invoices, police reports, and receipts to ensure the damage and cost of repair is accurately represented.