After petitioning The White House and conducting a massive social media campaign on Facebook and Twitter where we contacted dozens of local, state and federal elected officials, it was announced yesterday that the National Flood Insurance Program’s usual 60 day deadline within which a flood victim covered by a Standard Flood Insurance Policy must file a “Proof of Loss” has been extended by 60 days. As such, victims of Hurricane Matthew related flooding now have 120 days from the date of loss to submit their filing.
In a memo released yesterday, David Maurstad, FEMA’s Assistant Administrator for Federal Insurance, wrote that “Hurricane Matthew caused significant widespread flooding in the impacted areas of Florida, North Carolina, Georgia, South Carolina, and Virginia, [and] FEMA is concerned that this [current] deadline may present an undue burden on policyholders.” As such, the deadline was extended by an additional 60 days.
Thanks to all those who helped us achieve this significant victory for Hurricane Matthew victims. By signing petitions, contacting elected officials, and actively participating in social media campaigns, we were able to effectuate this important extension.
As a plaintiff attorney, Tom Young has been at the forefront of some of the Nation's worst disasters. In 2015, he was judicially appointed to represent over 200,000 plaintiffs in an allocation proceeding involving a $1.24 billion settlement with Deepwater Horizon contractor Halliburton and rig owner Transocean. Currently, he's focused on representing numerous communities across the country that have been ravaged by the opioid epidemic and are now seeking damages from drug manufacturers and distributors.