Tag Archives: Collapse

Collapse Claim Highlights the Importance of Retaining Experts Early in the Claim Process

A recent case filed in the Western District of Texas highlights the importance of retaining experts to assist in evaluating the cause of loss early in the claim process. In White Lodging Services Corporation et al v. Liberty Mutual Fire Insurance Company,1 a hotel development and management company filed suit against Liberty Mutual over a … Continue Reading

Crumbling Foundation and the Collapse Provision in a Homeowners Policy

Recently, Connecticut has had an increase in insurance claims for crumbling foundations due to faulty foundations poured in the 1980s and 1990s. Some foundations poured during this time frame contained a mineral, pyrrhotite, which can cause cracking when it reacts with oxygen and water. It is estimated nearly 20,000 foundations poured contain the mineral.… Continue Reading

Do All Insurance Policies Require a Total Collapse to Trigger Collapse Coverage?

In California, if a property insurance policy does not specifically require a collapse to be complete or actual falling down to trigger coverage, then an imminent (i.e., impending) collapse will probably trigger coverage.1 However, on the flipside, if a policy does specifically require a collapse to be “complete” or “actual” falling down, then an imminent … Continue Reading

Court Defines “Collapse”

The meaning of the term “collapse” in a first-party property insurance policy may often be litigated. My colleague, Nicole Vinson has written previous blogs specific to the topic of collapse coverage. In Experts and Photos – Clearing Up Collapse Coverage, Part V, she explained the two different doctrines involving collapse coverage: The traditional view holds … Continue Reading

Definition of Collapse in Maryland

Last week I was able to settle a claim involving the partial collapse of a roof on a commercial structure in Maryland. The primary issue was whether the partial collapse suffered by my client constituted a collapse under the policy’s definition of the term “collapse,” as the entire building had not fallen, but only a … Continue Reading

Clearing up Collapse Coverage, Part II

Is my collapse claim covered? Can my insurance company deny the claim, my balcony just collapsed? My porch is hanging by a thread… am I covered? Looking for an answer to questions about collapse coverage? You have come to the right firm’s blog. This series is intended to give the basics on collapse coverage, the … Continue Reading

Clearing up Collapse Coverage, Part I

Property insurance coverage dealing with collapse claims has long been a battle for policyholders. This is one of those perils (or exclusion, depending on the policy) that is fair to classify as one that gives practitioners on both sides of the claim indigestion. So take out the antacid, because its time to delve into the … Continue Reading

Collapse Coverage: Is Coverage Triggered When the Building Shows Signs Of Distress, When Collapse Is Imminent, Or When It Crumbles To The Ground?

Cases around the country discuss property loss resulting from collapse. The issue is often litigated because collapse is usually a process that occurs over time and to various degrees. See Sherman v. Safeco Ins. Co. of Am., Inc., 716 P.2d 475, 476 (Colo. App. 1986) (where masonry work supporting the sill plate had cracked causing … Continue Reading

Total Destruction Caused By Hurricane Wind and Flood May Be Covered Under the Additional Coverage of Collapse: Why Defining a “Hurricane” as a “Windstorm” is Significant

Insurance defense attorneys will not agree with this post. However, they fear the argument enough to falsely argue in some cases that a hurricane is not a “windstorm,” in order to avoid policy language that may provide coverage for total losses where wind and water combine to destroy a structure. As promised in yesterday morning’s … Continue Reading
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