Law and Disorder: Climate Change in the Courts

The increase in weather-driven disasters over the past few years has given rise to a whole new branch of legalese, known as “Disaster Law.” Laura Tuggle of Southeast Louisiana Legal Services helps disaster survivors navigate the muddy waters of federal relief, insurance claims and inheritance rights.

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Greg Dalton
Climate One
October 18, 2019
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Tags: Natural Disasters

Organizations mentioned/involved: Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (SLLS)


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One of the people who’s helping them get back on their feet is Laura Tuggle, Executive Director of Southeast Louisiana Legal Services. The increase in weather-driven disasters over the past few years has given rise to a new branch of the law, which Tuggle is all too familiar with.

Laura Tuggle:  So Disaster Law is sort of a broad term that we used to apply to legal issues that directly come about as a result of disaster or it could be a lot of the types of legal work that we do on a day-to-day basis at a civil legal aid office but that get compounded by the impact of a disaster.

So an example of the first type that’s really only comes into play as a result of disaster could be someone that applies for disaster -related benefits from, say, from FEMA and then is denied for those benefits or encounters some kind of eligibility issue for those benefits.  Sort of on the flipside, an issue that we encounter every day being in Louisiana we have a huge issue with people not filing legal process to formally transfer titles to property that they may have inherited from a family member.