You’re insured. Disaster strikes. Don’t make these 7 mistakes, published in the Miami Herald2021-01-05T21:50:14+00:00
12.21.2020 // Homeowner's policy, NEWS, Publications
You’re insured. Disaster strikes. Don’t make these 7 mistakes, published in the Miami Herald

In an article published by the Miami Herald on December 17, 2020, Jim McDermott provides his insights into the importance of homeowners notifying their insurance company right away when a disaster strikes:


“‘You don’t have to know the full extent of your damage,’ says lawyer Jim McDermott, the head of litigation at Ball Janik in Portland, Oregon. The faster you tell them that something happened, the faster they send out an appraiser. If your region is declared a federal disaster area, you can also try to apply online for FEMA individual assistance funding, or for a Small Business Administration disaster loan. Do it ASAP. ‘Just get to the front of the line as fast as you can,’ he says.”


To read the article in full, click here.


Ball Janik LLP was founded in 1982 with six lawyers and a four-person support staff in Portland, Oregon. Since our firm’s inception, we have expanded our capabilities, our professionals, and geographic footprint. What started as a firm focused in real property and land use (known then as Ball Janik & Novack), has grown to include the insights of a team of 30-plus attorneys, with a combined six centuries of experience, and capabilities including Real Estate and Land Use, Construction Defect, Commercial Litigation, Insurance Recovery, Construction and Design, Employment, Finance and Corporate, Public Agencies and Schools, and Community Associations. With offices in Florida and Oregon, our regional growth has earned us a national reputation for upholding the rights of our clients.

Ball Janik LLP has been recognized by Chambers USA, U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers®, The Best Lawyers in America©, and Corporate International. Ball Janik LLP’s success and integrity have repeatedly made it one of “Oregon’s Most Admired Professional Firms,” according to the Portland Business Journal’s survey results of CEOs throughout the region.

James T. McDermott
Portland, Oregon