The Chanin Building, 122 East 42nd Street, Suite 725, New York, New York 10168

Property Damage

Few things are worse than incurring major damage to your personal or business property. Despite all the time, effort, money and care you’ve invested, your home or business property can sustain significant damage at any time.

When facing such difficult circumstances, property owners contact Schwartz Law to help them navigate the insurance claims process. Our clients count on us to fight, protect and enforce their rights and secure appropriate compensation. This way, they can focus on conducting their business or lives without being mired fights, delays, and never-ending paperwork to simply rebuild or repair their losses.

We’re prepared to do the same for you.


Experience Counts

Schwartz Law has an intimate understanding of what an insurance company needs to determine the value of a loss and make the maximum payment. Our decades of experience allow us to offer valuable insight into the myriad issues of insurance policy exclusions and limitations and what can trigger coverage under your policy, along with the costly details that may otherwise go unnoticed.


Our Clients

We can help owners and renters of many types of residences and businesses, including:

  • Houses and apartments.
  • Condominiums and co-ops.
  • Rental properties.
  • Office buildings.
  • Religious institutions.
  • Construction projects.
  • Vacation properties and second homes.


Types of Claims and Disasters

Schwartz Law has deep experience handling property damage and insurance claims stemming from nearly all forms of natural and man-made disasters.

Natural disasters include:

  • Earthquakes.
  • Hurricanes and tropical storms.
  • Floods and flash floods.
  • Fire.
  • Water.
  • Agricultural diseases and pests.
  • Damaging winds and wind-driven rain.
  • Landslides and mud-flows.
  • Extreme heat and drought.
  • Sinkholes.
  • Wildfires, and others.


Man-made disasters include:

  • Hazardous materials.
  • Power service disruption and blackout.
  • Explosions and fires.
  • Terrorist attacks.
  • Civil unrest, and others.


Unfortunately, homeowners and commercial property insurance policies do not always clearly indicate whether damage caused by these disasters is covered. Furthermore, insurance companies are increasingly exploiting policy language to attempt to avoid liability for these losses. That’s when Schwartz Law can help you.

We’ve successfully handled property damage claims stemming from disasters such as Hurricane Sandy, Hurricane Irene and the 9/11 terrorist attacks. We’re always prepared to help you following any disaster or incident that damages your residence or business.


Insurance Bad Faith

When an insurer fails to investigate properly or denies a claim without a valid reason, such “bad faith” conduct can, under the laws in many states, permit you to sue for additional monetary damages. These additional sums can include punitive damages (to punish the insurance company), attorney fees, emotional distress and other damages caused by the insurance company’s bad faith conduct.

We have taken on insurers of all sizes who have denied, terminated or unfairly delayed property damage insurance claims, and we have had their actions reversed.

To pursue a bad faith lawsuit, you need aggressive and experienced advocates with insight and knowledge of the insurance industry. Our attorneys have the skill, tactics and strategies needed to uncover when an insurer is acting in bad faith on your claim. We’ve successfully pursued bad faith cases around the country, and we successfully taken insurance companies to task for illegal behavior.


Our Promise To You

Our firm’s focus and experience lies in our mastery of the claims, negotiation and lawsuit processes. We fight to make insurance companies honor the contracts they were so anxious to sell you. We have extensive knowledge concerning the intricacies of insurance law, and—unlike your insurance company—we always have your best interests in mind. With Schwartz Law in your corner, we’ll make your insurance company keep its promises to you.

what our clients say about us


  • A company made an error in how they sold me my long-term disability insurance policy and they offered me a lump sum settlement. I did not fully understand the offer

    Physician–New York
  • My claim was denied by my insurance company. My medical condition wasn’t understood by my physicians. My first attorney gave me terrible advice. My family faced financial ruin without the

    Physician – New York
  • After practicing law for many years, it became clear that the multitude of my illnesses were preventing me from being effective as a lawyer. I had no experience with long-term

    Lawyer — New York
  • As former president and chief executive officer of a large, publicly traded company, I understand the need to hire good attorneys. When an illness prevented me from continuing to work

    CEO — tri-state region
  • Before choosing Schwartz law I was overwhelmed and confused about the whole LTD process and wanted to make sure I wasn’t making any wrong decisions for me and my family.

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The Chanin Building, 122 East 42nd Street, Suite 725, New York, New York 10168

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Phone: (212) 608-5445

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