Tutwiler Success Stories

Public Adjuster Uses Good Property Insurance Adjusting Practices to Win a Fair Claim Settlement for Condominium Owners

Public Adjuster Uses Good Property Insurance Adjusting Practices to Win a Fair Claim Settlement for Condominium Owners

Ken and Joan spent their working lives in public service, Ken as an educator, and Joan as a nurse. It was their dream to have a vacation home in a warm climate so they purchased a condominium in Bonita Springs, Florida. A contractor error caused a pipe break in a unit above theirs and entirely flooded their home with hundreds of gallons of water. They were notified and drove down to Florida to inspect the damage and meet with their insurance company. That’s when the insurance claim problems began.


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Simply Reading the Insurance Policy Results in a Favorable Claim Settlement for Sarasota, Florida Homeowners

Simply Reading the Insurance Policy Results in a Favorable Claim Settlement for Sarasota, Florida Homeowners

Some months back I received a call from a physician who was referred to me by an engineering firm we had worked with on a large project in Longboat Key, Florida that resulted in a multi-million dollar settlement. Not only was the client pleased with our work, but their engineer apparently was equally impressed given the kind words he shared with the physician about our work and the results we were able to achieve with the Longboat Key insurance claim.


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Public Adjuster Wins 7-Figure Settlement in North Carolina Orthopedics Building Arson Claim

Public Adjuster Wins 7-Figure Settlement in North Carolina Orthopedics Building Arson Claim

After a severe fire did significant damage to an orthopedics practice in North Carolina, public adjuster Keith Grams of Tutwiler & Associates was retained to represent the policyholders. Mr. Grams says this was an arson claim that came with an extraordinary amount of tight scrutiny and investigation by both insurance companies that were involved.


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Spring Hill, FL Sinkhole Claim & the Perils of Managed Repair - Insurance Company Pays Out 100% Over Initial Offer Due to Their Insistence on Using Option to Repair

Spring Hill, FL Sinkhole Claim & the Perils of Managed Repair - Insurance Company Pays Out 100% Over Initial Offer Due to Their Insistence on Using Option to Repair

A man in Spring Hill, Florida found damage to his house which led him to believe that he had a sinkhole. Subsequent investigation by his insurance carrier confirmed that sinkhole activity did indeed exist under his home. Their solution for repair was to pump concrete underground and to do a band-aid type repair of the cosmetic and structural damages to the home. Their initial repair estimate for the dwelling damages was slightly in excess of $18,000. They also allowed for approximately $117,000 for subsurface repairs (the sinkhole grouting itself). The insurance carrier also chose to exercise their option to repair the property using contractors of their choice.


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Public Adjuster’s Coordinated Efforts Increase Commercial Fire Insurance Claim Settlement by 650%

Public Adjuster’s Coordinated Efforts Increase Commercial Fire Insurance Claim Settlement by 650%

Periodically, we like to highlight a property claim we’ve handled based on something new we’ve learned, alert readers of important insurance claim issues or just to show the value public adjusters can bring to the claims process. This was a particularly satisfying claim. Not only for the settlement amount we were able to achieve but because it helped improve the client’s perception of the value of public adjusters as you will see by the note at the end of this article.


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Sarasota Condo Board of Directors Receive  Runaround Before Public Adjuster Helps Facilitate a Substantial Settlement

Sarasota Condo Board of Directors Receive Runaround Before Public Adjuster Helps Facilitate a Substantial Settlement

The public insurance adjusters at Tutwiler & Associates work extremely hard everyday to prove why our industry profession is so valuable to policyholders throughout the United States. We work with potential clients to guide them in their decision making and impress them with our knowledge while they take time to decide their best course of action. We strive to educate policyholders after a serious loss when they are the most vulnerable.  Case in point involves a massive electrical fire that occurred at a condominium on August, 2015 in Sarasota, FL. 


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Public Adjuster Helps Sort Out Ybor Fire Claim

Public Adjuster Helps Sort Out Ybor Fire Claim

A strip center in Tampa’s historic Ybor City caught fire destroying half of the building, a retail/manufacturing business and damaged the other section of the building rented to another tenant. The cause and origin of the fire was not suspicious, thus all the property owners needed to do was seemingly settle the claim with their insurance company. And here is where the trouble started.  


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Public Adjuster Restores Order after Tierra Verde House Fire Turns into a Property Claim Nightmare

Public Adjuster Restores Order after Tierra Verde House Fire Turns into a Property Claim Nightmare

On February 28, 2013 a massive fire broke-out in this upscale waterfront home located in Tierra Verde, Florida burning off the roof and causing significant fire, water, and smoke damage to the rest of the building structure, custom furniture, and personal belongings.  As is typical with all fires, which become public record when the fire department gets called, the homeowner was “assaulted” (his words) by emergency service restoration contractors and public adjuster chasers who came from all over the State of Florida to give their sales pitch.  Unfortunately, this property owner fell victim and signed with a restoration company who provided an estimate with a “not to exceed” agreement. But when the contractor sent the invoice for services performed, it was triple the amount!  The insurance company was just as surprised and refused to pay an obviously exorbitant amount. The contractor’s response was to place a lien on the property until the situation could be resolved.


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Patient Homeowner Gets Substantial Settlement by Choosing the Right Public Adjuster after Largo, FL Fire Loss

Patient Homeowner Gets Substantial Settlement by Choosing the Right Public Adjuster after Largo, FL Fire Loss

On May 11, 2014 a serious electrical fire broke-out in the home of a Clearwater Largo, FL family causing significant fire, water, and smoke damage to the building and personal property.  During and after the fire was extinguished many contractors and public adjuster chasers offering their services bombarded the homeowners with confusing information and high pressure sales tactics. Sadly, this is becoming a recurring theme when fires occur. We continue to believe that property owners need to realize that it is in their best interest to stay away from the majority of these solicitors until they have done their due diligence and have coordinated plan of action in place. They must also be wary not to sign any contract that assigns the entire insurance claim over to a stranger who now owns the proceeds of their claim. In our industry this language is called Assignment of Benefits.


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Public Adjuster Secures Immediate Payment for Tampa Fire Claim

Public Adjuster Secures Immediate Payment for Tampa Fire Claim

On September 8, 2013 a substantial fire broke-out at this upscale home located in the Greater Northdale area of Tampa causing significant fire, water, and smoke damage to the building structure, furniture, and personal belongings.  As the fire was going on and in the hours subsequent, the homeowner was bombarded by many contractors and public adjuster solicitors offering their insurance claim adjusting services to the property owner. Resisting the high pressure tactics of some, the owner keenly recognized that it was in his best interest to stay away from the majority of these people simply because he did not know who they were. He also knew not to sign anything until he had a chance to check references, do his research and think about it. 


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