Property Damage

OUR ROLE IN DISASTER RECOVERY.

 

 

Williams Hart was founded in Houston in 1983 as a firm dedicated to representing the people who needed help the most. We have recovered Millions of dollars for victims whose livelihoods were impacted by property damage caused by corporate negligence. When it comes to disaster recovery, our legal team has the experience and resources to ensure you receive fair compensation for your suffering. 

RESERVOIR FLOODING

 

The Addicks and Barker reservoirs are watersheds located in western Harris County are operated and maintained by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Built in the 1940s as part of a federal project to reduce flooding risks along Buffalo Bayou, city authorities later permitted developers to build residential neighborhoods on this flood-prone, privately owned, land within the basins of the reservoirs. 

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey in 2017, the Addicks and Barker Reservoirs held back flood water as they were designed to do. However, the neighborhoods upstream of the Addicks and Barker Reservoirs experienced extensive damage to thousands of homes and businesses. Corps knew the extent of the damage that would occur if the reservoirs followed standard operating procedure long before Hurricane Harvey, yet they did not tell the public and continued to operate the reservoirs as they had before.

Community members upstream of Addicks and Barker reservoirs came together to file claims against the federal government and are now working to secure compensation for the damage done to their property. ​​In a landmark case, the court decided that the storm water which flooded the communities upstream of the Addicks and Barker Reservoirs in 2017 was not caused by Harvey but by problematic reservoir design. 

If your property was flooded around the Addicks or Barker Reservoirs inquire with our firm today to see if your property qualifies for this important litigation. We offer 100% free claim evaluations with no obligation. Know your options and help us hold the government accountable. FEMA and flood insurance payouts do not disqualify you from this lawsuit! Renters may also qualify for compensation.

BP OIL SPILL 

 

 Deepwater Horizon was an offshore drilling rig operated by BP, located about 40 miles off the coast of Louisiana, that exploded on April 20th, 2010 and consequently caught fire after multiple safety warnings and violations were ignored. The fire was inextinguishable and, on April 22nd, the Horizon sank, leaving the well gushing at the seabed and causing the largest oil spill to ever occur in U.S. waters. The structure’s poor safety regulations resulted in the deaths of 11 employees, and injuries of 17 others. 4 million barrels of oil were spilled over the course of 84 days. The entire Gulf Coast economy suffered billions in lost revenue. 

Starting on day one, Williams Hart worked tirelessly with one goal: that each of our Gulf oil spill clients received prompt and proper compensation. We represented over 1000 businesses seeking compensation from BP and recovered over $200 million. As experienced commercial trial lawyers operating in the Gulf Coast area, we have a wealth of experience taking on Big Oil. We’ve handled several environmental disaster cases, including claims against ExxonMobil for MTBE contamination, lead poisoning, and many others. 

We know what it takes to challenge Big Oil and win. If you have suffered economic loss like property damage or loss of income as a result of a disaster due to negligence, the legal team at Williams Hart is here for you.

PUERTO RICO 

 

Puerto Rico suffered millions of dollars worth of property damage from hurricane Maria. Insurance companies should be assisting in Puerto Rico’s recovery. Instead, they are slowing the recovery process of the entire island by refusing to pay legitimate claims. Insurance companies are not on your side and do not want to pay for the damages you’ve suffered. Thousands of citizens are now taking a stand against these insurance companies to receive compensation for what they’re owed, and you can do the same. 

We have filed thousands of private insurance claims and have already received settlements for many of our clients. Our attorneys are experienced in complex commercial litigation and are ready to navigate the complexity of insurance claims with you. We are proud of our work to help Puerto Ricans recover just compensation after the devastation of Hurricane Maria. 

​​OUR DEDICATION TO PROPERTY DAMAGE VICTIMS

 

As a nationally recognized team of property damage attorneys, Williams Hart has the skill and dedication to bring the parties responsible for your suffering and loss of livelihood to justice. We have recovered billions for our clients whose lives were forever changed through no fault of their own, and we can do the same for you.