With Insurance Settlements Still In Limbo, Sandy Victims Turn To Legal Remedies

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Hurricane Sandy as seen from the International Space Station on Oct. 29, 2012.

Hurricane Sandy as seen from the International Space Station on Oct. 29, 2012.

by Scott Gurian / NJ Spotlight

After Jakeabob’s Bay restaurant in Union Beach was completely destroyed during Sandy, owner Angelita Liaguno-Dorr — known to everyone locally as “Gigi” — considered it a small victory when she re-opened five months later, at a temporary location in a different part of town. But as time went on, she realized that things at the new place just weren’t the same.

With the first anniversary of Sandy quickly approaching, Gigi is one of many business owners and residents along the Jersey Shore who are still fighting with their insurance companies, unsure if they’ll ultimately get enough money to rebuild. People unhappy with their flood insurance settlements have just a few weeks left to file a proof of loss form to start the appeals process, and many homeowners’ policies in New Jersey place a one-year statute of limitations on filing lawsuits. After months of waiting, and with the clock ticking down, Gigi and many others have turned to the courts, seeking legal remedies for their problems.

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