Touro Law School's Disaster Relief Clinic helps elderly couple receive Sandy insurance money to rebuild Oakdale home
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Sandy Insurance Money
Touro’s Disaster Clinic is having public walk-in clinics with law students and an attorney generally once a week (though not next week because of Thanksgiving break) at different locations posted on disasterlaw.wordpress.com. This website also has critical information about very fast-approaching flood insurance deadlines under the “Insurance Checklist” tab.
OAKDALE - An elderly couple who lost their home during Superstorm Sandy has finally received the insurance money they need to rebuild their home.
Joe Gaeta, a World War II veteran who lost his riverfront home in Oakdale during Sandy, filed an insurance claim and was awarded only $140,000, despite having a policy worth $340,000.
Gaeta turned to Touro Law School's Disaster Relief Clinic for help. The clinic, which is staffed by students, helps Long Island Sandy victims wade through daunting paperwork and red tape.
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The students filed a supplement claim and Gaeta has now received a check for $320,000.
Gaeta says he cannot wait to bring his wife Anita, who is paralyzed from a stroke, back to the home that they love so much. The couple expects to be back in their home by mid-January.
"Living by the water is like having a piece of heaven," Gaeta says.