So, you have an insurance claim. I can never stress enough how important it is to contact a public adjuster as soon as you can to assist you with your insurance claim and to help you navigate the complicated process of recovering from a disaster. But, the timing doesn't always happen that way. So, the following rules will help you in the hours and days immediately following your loss and will help you determine these four things…Read More
In early March, 60 Minutes, America’s oldest and most-watched television news magazine, filed a report entitled, “The Storm After The Storm.” Correspondent Sharyn Alfonsi investigated allegations that thousands of homeowners were denied flood insurance claims as a result of the damage brought on by Superstorm Sandy in the fall of 2012.
Now, two-and-a-half years later, we are finding out that thousands of claims still have not been resolved. Even worse, many of the homeowners who suffered losses have been completely cheated out of their claims. How? According to 60 Minutes, “There is evidence that many homeowners were victims of what appears to be wide-scale fraud where original damage reports were later changed to make it look like the damage wasn’t as bad.”Read More
The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) recently reported that insurance claims resulting from hail-storm damage increased 84 percent in 2012 from their 2010 level. In 2010, there were 467,602 hail damage claims filed. That number increased to 689,267 in 2011 and to 861,597 in 2012—an overall increase of 84 percent from 2010 to 2012.
So, just what is hail? Hail is a form of solid precipitation. It consists of balls or irregular lumps of ice, each of which is called a hailstone. Hail is possible within most thunderstorms, as it is produced by cumulonimbi, usually within two nautical miles of a parent storm. Hail formation requires environments of strong, upward motion of air and lowered heights of the freezing level.Read More
You have just suffered an emotionally upsetting loss to your property—maybe a fire, a flood, wind damage, water damage or another type of disaster. Large or small, you now face the task of preparing and submitting a detailed claim to your insurance carrier, not only because you need to be compensated for your losses, but because it is required by your insurance policy.
For most people, the preparation of an insurance claim is unfamiliar and rough terrain. What does your policy actual cover? Do you understand the legal terminology and implications within the policy? What does “extended broad form property damage liability” mean? How about “water exclusion endorsement”? What is “business interruption insurance”? What does your policy not cover? At times, the list of questions seems endless, but remember, it is your responsibility to prepare and prove your claim to the insurance company, or your claim will be reduced, or worse...denied.Read More
Regardless of whether global warming is or is not the cause of climate change and the recent extremes in weather we have experienced, one thing is for sure: we can expect to see heavier rainfall, heavier snowfall, an increase in the number of severe storms and a greater potential for property damage. Several reports have been released over the past few years that outline the trend toward more severe weather.Read More