Recent reports of several homeowners encountering serious problems with their insurer after reporting defective materials in drywall in their homes have been quite unnerving for families throughout the United States. This is far from a simple matter. One report stated that insurers are declining to file homeowner’s claims. But this is not all. Insurers are also cancelling the policy altogether, or giving out notices that policies will not be renewed until the defective drywall problem is resolved at the homeowner’s expense.
Why are so many incidents of defective drywall taking place? According to a news.aol.com report, building materials were in short supply during the apex of the U.S. housing boom. As a result, American construction companies turned to millions of pounds of Chinese-made drywall for its affordability and abundant quantity. It is far from comforting to know that an Associated Press analysis of shipping records determined that over 500 million pounds of Chinese gypsum board was imported between 2004 and 2008 to be used in building homes.
Unfortunately, it is likely that neither the Chinese manufacturers nor the Chinese government will respond to any lawsuits or reimburse homeowners for the defective drywall. In addition, a spokesman for one homeowner’s insurer who denied their claim said that the drywall is considered a builder defect, which is not covered under the policy. The insurance spokesman also said that they consider the drywall a pre-existing condition that could lead to future damage, which is why the company will not renew the policy unless the issue is corrected.
While the legal matters surrounding defective Chinese drywall are intricate, an experienced toxic drywall attorney has the skills and knowledge to assist families in getting the help they need to overcome the drywall’s damage to their insurance policy, health, and home. To ensure that you are not later denied a claim by your insurance company for undisclosed Chinese drywall and to make sure that you do not lose your home, you may want to consult with the skilled toxic drywall attorneys at Anapol Weiss. We understand the many predicaments that you and your family have had to endure as a result of toxic drywall being in your home and are dedicated to protecting your legal rights as victims to a defective product or insurance bad faith.
For over 30 years, the reputable personal injury law firm of Anapol Weiss has advocated for personal injury victims and consumer protection by ensuring that those who are negligent are held accountable. Call Anapol Weiss today at 866-735-2792 to have your Chinese drywall questions answered and to learn more about your legal options.