When a disaster strikes, owners and operators of office buildings face enormous financial losses. Not only are there extensive repairs that must be made to the exterior and interior of the building, but damage and ongoing repairs can suspend your office building’s operations and potentially displace your building’s tenants.
Even after a large disaster, people expect to be able to visit an office building in order to seek professional services and conduct other business. Because of this, minimizing the effects of damage and preventing any further damage are paramount considerations. Any stoppage or delay of building operations and tenants’ professional services can lead to a loss in rent payments and other income, may lead to lost business opportunities, can harm relations with tenants and their consumers and business partners, and damaged facilities remain visible to the public at large.
Recovering After the Unexpected Occurs
After a severe weather event or explosion, your office building may have to deal with:
- Electrical damage and loss of power and lighting
- Damage to individual office units
- Broken or blown-out glass panels and windows
- Chipped and damaged exterior panels
- Damage to water and gas pipes
- Roof damage that needs significant repair or even replacement
- Water and mold damage
- Structural issues
- Parts of the property that need to be completely reconstructed
- Cleaning up and clearing out debris
- Transfer of equipment, products, or inventory to a new location
- Loss of rental income from tenants
While, as a business owner, you are most concerned with restoring your office building to its pre-loss condition, your commercial property insurer may be disputing, delaying, or denying your business’s valid claim for damages. In these circumstances, an attorney can help your business seek a full and fair damage valuation and recovery for your properties. If your business has been forced to suspend its processes due to the damage, this may also entitle your business to recover business interruption damages.
Contact a Property Damage Attorney for Help With Your Office Building’s Claim
If your office building has suffered severe property damage, contact an attorney with Doyle LLP Trial Lawyers today for a no-fee evaluation of your business’s property and/or business interruption claim.