The Christchurch Earthquakes caused devastation in the Canterbury region and continue to highlight a number of unique legal issues. The rebuild process is still underway and although many home owners have had their claims satisfactorily settled and their homes repaired, there are a substantial number who have not. In addition, evidence is emerging that suggests that, for a substantial number of homes, the repairs have failed. Unfortunately, this is now leading to a second wave of litigation for Christchurch homeowners.
The main issue with earthquake claims is quantum. Insurers generally accept that the insured is entitled to cover and it is simply a matter of determining the level of the payment. With the help of your building consultant or insurance assessor, Chris can determine the issues quickly and advise on the amount you should be claiming. Chris is then able to assist you in resolving your claim in a timely and economic manner. Likewise, when acting for insurers, particularly where cover is not genuinely disputed, Chris is quickly able to determine what aspects of the quantum are claimable under the policy, and advise insurers on a prompt resolution to the claim.