WEST (April 23, 2013) --- Replacing lost possessions and repairing damaged property is an issue many West families are now facing after the deadly and destructive fertilizer plant explosion.
While insurance companies may cover some immediate expenses legal experts say victims should not rush into filing and closing claims.
Experts say it's best to document what was lost and to get counseling first because those expenses may need to be included in the damages.
They also advise against singing any releases or settling on an amount until it's made clear what the policy covers.
"The insurance companies being right there on the scene, they're going to be asking these people to resolve their claims early on before they really know how much they lost and what property they lost and really whether they need counseling or how much they need for counseling," Craig Carlson, of The Carlson Law Firm, said.
Carlson said his firm is working with some West explosion victims to make sure their immediate needs are met and working with its own investigators to find out what happened.