Posted: Aug 13, 2013 10:56 AM by Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) - First they needed blankets and generators. But before long, many of Superstorm Sandy's bedraggled survivors also needed a lawyer.
Thousands have sought help to deal with legal headaches ranging from fights with building contractors to cleanup liability issues. Lately, law clinics helping victims have been dealing with a multitude of insurance disputes.
Many residents of New York and New Jersey have been challenging flood insurance payments they say underestimated the cost of repairing their homes.
The Disaster Relief Clinic at the Touro Law Center on Long Island is among several groups working to help homeowners resolve their claims with the insurance carriers or by appealing to FEMA.
Touro Law Dean Patricia Salkin says many storm survivors can't afford to hire an attorney.
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