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Lawyers representing the victims of severe stormwater runoff in Bollon and Roma in March 2010 have met for the first time with insurers Elders Insurance and QBE.
The meeting took place in Brisbane on Thursday 26 August.
Peter Long, from Slater and Gordon, said he welcomed the chance to sit down with the insurers.
“This is the first time we have sat across the table from the insurers and put our case,” Mr Long said.
“The discussions were full and frank and we left the insurers in no doubt about the strength of our clients’ claims and the suffering the storm victims have been through.
“We told the insurers there is clear evidence that the damage to our clients’ homes and property was caused by stormwater run-off and not flooding.
“And, while the difference might seem academic, this is what is standing in the way of more than 40 victims of the disastrous storms getting any insurance payments.
“We also spent a lot of time discussing the insurers’ hydrologist’s report which we claim is based on incorrect assumptions and contrary to the facts as they existed on the day of the storms.
“Slater and Gordon will now make one last attempt at resolving the claims by getting the insurers to agree to pay for the damage suffered as a result of water inundation, otherwise it seems that the victims of the storms will have no alternative than to commence legal proceedings,” Mr Long said.
Slater and Gordon also met with Lumleys Insurance for Millennium Insurance on Wednesday 25 August who has refused to change their decision to deny compensation in the one claim it is involved in.
In a meeting with Allianz on the same day, the insurer has agreed to consider the submissions put before it by Peter Long. Slater and Gordon will be speaking to CGU within the next few days.