Tutwiler Success Stories

Public Adjuster Fixes Botched Commercial Nightclub Fire Insurance Claim in Ybor City, Tampa and Recovers $1.2 Million for Client

Public Adjuster Fixes Botched Commercial Nightclub Fire Insurance Claim in Ybor City, Tampa and Recovers $1.2 Million for Client

Following a major commercial fire at a Ybor City nightclub in Tampa, Fl. the property owners made a quick decision to hire what turned out to be an unqualified Public Adjuster.  That adjuster decided to bring in a restoration company that he was friends with and together they made many mistakes with the claim. The insurance company offered $85,000 on the claim that obviously required a greater sum to put the property back to pre-loss condition. Client frustration built up and subsequently both companies were fired. But the damage was done, and the claim was a mess. In fact, the damage became worse!


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Insurance Company Offers $0 for Hurricane Irma Damage to Luxury Palm Beach Property. Final Settlement: $2 Million +

Insurance Company Offers $0 for Hurricane Irma Damage to Luxury Palm Beach Property. Final Settlement: $2 Million +

Hurricane Irma made landfall over southern Florida on September 10th 2017 as a Category 3 storm packing winds of more than 110 miles per hour.  It overwhelmed the entire state for nearly two days with heavy rains greater than 2 inches and fierce winds causing extensive damage to a luxury home located on Highland Beach in Palm Beach County, Florida. 

The insurance company’s initial offer was well below the Hurricane Deductible of $90,000 resulting in no payment being made to the insured as they felt the damages did not warrant a settlement and further contended damages were pre-existing.  The insured’s hired Tutwiler and Associates public adjusters, Rick Tutwiler and Kevin Leisure, to represent them.


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Florida Public Adjuster Brings Commercial Building Collapse Insurance Claim to an Equitable Settlement

Florida Public Adjuster Brings Commercial Building Collapse Insurance Claim to an Equitable Settlement

During a heavy overnight rainstorm in June 2020 a large amount of water gathered on the rear portion of a commercial structure in Tampa, FL.  Due to the extreme weight of the water the rear portion of the roof failed causing a severe collapse.  This created an opening in the structure which allowed large amounts of water to enter the building.  Structural damage was present along with damages to the entire roof system, interior walls, flooring, and finishes.  Additionally, a large amount of business personal property had sustained damage.  Recognizing the severity of the damage and potential claim issues the client retained, Public Adjuster Scott Luginski.  Scott wasted no time to review the policy, assess and discuss coverage with the carrier and quickly obtain a six-figure advance payment for the policyholder.  Scott was then able to manage the entire claim (allowing the policyholder to resume daily business activities), meet with the insurance company personnel numerous times (including adjusters, consultants and experts) and pinpoint all damages to provide an accurate scope of work necessary to return the structure to pre-loss conditions.  Ultimately, Scott was able to obtain a settlement exceeding $420,000.


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Pittsburgh Public Adjuster Attention to Detail Prevents Fire Claim Delay for Homeowner

Pittsburgh Public Adjuster Attention to Detail Prevents Fire Claim Delay for Homeowner

In the early morning hours of March, 2020, the homeowner (now residing out of state) received a call notifying him that his home caught fire destroying everything. After confirming that his ex and his son were safe, the insured notified his insurance company of the fire loss. While filing the claim the homeowner was asked a few basic questions that apparently raised a red flag with the insurer. Three days later he received a Reservation of Rights (ROR) letter. The ROR letter is used to notify a policyholder that the insurance carrier is investigating the claim and is issued to reserve the insurance company’s right and or preserve any timelines of state statutes to deny a claim at the conclusion of the investigation. The letter stated that “the investigation has revealed that you were not occupying the residence premises at the time of the above noted loss.” It was obvious the insurance company was making an issue of this as a reason to deny the claim.


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Insurance company delay tactics serve Pittsburgh restaurant owners a plate of claim problems after fire destroys their property

Insurance company delay tactics serve Pittsburgh restaurant owners a plate of claim problems after fire destroys their property

In February of 2019, the owner of a popular family Italian restaurant in Pittsburgh and his employees cleaned up for the night and headed home not knowing that when they locked the doors, it would be for the last time. What happened over the next number of months became a lesson in what can happen with what appears to be a straightforward property insurance claim and why it can help to have a public insurance adjuster advocating for you.


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$50 Million Insurance Claim Recovery for Mississippi Furniture Manufacturing Plant after Multiple Fires

$50 Million Insurance Claim Recovery for Mississippi Furniture Manufacturing Plant after Multiple Fires

A thriving furniture manufacturing plant located in NE Mississippi builds 3,500 sofas, loveseats and recliners each day out of its 1,000,000 square foot facility. The finished goods are stored then shipped from the warehouse to numerous retailers nationwide.  In January of 2018, an accidental fire occurred destroying 400,000 square feet of the insured’s building, along with almost $10 million of finished goods and raw materials. The insurance company was immediately notified and promptly investigated the claim.


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Pittsburgh Claims Adjuster Persists Until Insurance Company Does the Proper Thing to Reimburse for Apartment Wall Collapse Claim

Pittsburgh Claims Adjuster Persists Until Insurance Company Does the Proper Thing to Reimburse for Apartment Wall Collapse Claim

On September, 2016 a property owner who owns a significant amount of property in the Wilmerding area of Pittsburgh all insured with one particular insurance company for close to 27 years, reported a claim after noticing the exterior brick on one of her apartment buildings were beginning to fall. Her insurance company replied that they were sending out one of their trusted engineers to view the property and inspect the structural integrity of the wall. Upon meeting with the policyholder’s contractor and inspecting the building, the engineer informed the woman and her contractor that the wall (in his opinion) was safe. Some time passed after the inspection and the property owner received a letter from her insurance company stating that their engineer had confirmed no real damage had occurred to the building, therefore the claim is denied. In this letter was a report written by the engineer stating his findings along with a proposed repair method. 


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Highland Beach Luxury Home - How to Get From No Offer to $1 Million After Hurricane Irma Loss

Highland Beach Luxury Home - How to Get From No Offer to $1 Million After Hurricane Irma Loss

Hurricane Irma made landfall over southern Florida on September 11, 2017 as a category 3 storm packing winds of more than 110 miles per hour. It overwhelmed the entire state with heavy rain and fierce winds causing extensive damage to a luxury home in Highland Beach, Florida.

The insurance company’s initial offer was below the deductible of $90,000.00 resulting in no payment being made to the insured as they felt the damages did not warrant a settlement. The insureds hired Tutwiler and Associates adjusters, Rick Tutwiler and Kevin Leisure, to represent them. Mr. Tutwiler and Mr. Leisure were able to negotiate a settlent of $1 million dollars.


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Pittsburgh homeowner turns to Public Insurance Claim Adjuster after hail damage is denied

Pittsburgh homeowner turns to Public Insurance Claim Adjuster after hail damage is denied

On May 28, 2019 a catastrophic hail storm hit the Pittsburgh suburb of Gibsonia. The golf ball sized hail that struck and damaged homes, buildings, cars anything it came in contact with. Over the next few days, contractors converged on the area knocking on doors and telling property owners they needed new roofs “just sign here” and we’ll file an insurance claim for you. Rather than doing the smart thing and call their insurance company to file a claim, some homeowners who had not dealt with a loss like this went along. As insurance company representatives visited their policyholders in the area, there was no question that all of the roofs needed to be replaced due to the hail damage. 


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Pittsburgh Public Adjuster garners an additional $35,000 to repair water leak damaged home

Pittsburgh Public Adjuster garners an additional $35,000 to repair water leak damaged home

On November, 2018 a Pittsburgh woman returned to a flooded home due to a water leak. The women decided it would be best to call her insurance agent, ask for advice and if this was something that her insurance would cover. She was instructed to file a claim and was referred to a preferred vendor of her insurer to mitigate the damage. Over the next few days arrangements were set up for the woman to temporarily stay in a hotel while she watched her home torn apart from top to bottom becoming virtually unrecognizable. 


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