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Palm Gardens Condo Association turns to Public Adjuster and achieves a $4.7 million award

Palm Gardens Condo Association turns to Public Adjuster and achieves a $4.7 million award

A category 5 hurricane is the highest category of hurricane with winds exceeding 157 miles per hour which could mean near total destruction to anything in its path. On September 6th, 2017, Hurricane Irma made landfall in the U.S. Virgin Islands as a category 5 hurricane. The Palm Gardens Condo Association located on the island of St. Thomas fell victim to the high winds and torrential rain brought on by Irma. Immediately following the hurricane, Palm Gardens retained Tutwiler and Associates Public Adjusters to assist with their insurance claim. After taking charge of the property damage claim and through detailed negotiations, the association was awarded $4.7 million dollars to restore their condominium complex to its former beauty.


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Public Adjuster negotiates multi-million dollar settlement for St. Thomas Condo Association

Public Adjuster negotiates multi-million dollar settlement for St. Thomas Condo Association

On September 6, 2017 Hurricane Irma hit St. Thomas, an island located in the U.S. Virgin Islands. As a category 5 hurricane, Irma left devastation in its aftermath. The Plantation Manor Condominium Association suffered major damage to its foundation, windows, roof, and business personal property.  Realizing the extent of the damage, Plantation Manor retained Tutwiler and Associates Public Adjusters to help manage and negotiate the property claim with the insurance company. The final claim settlement was finalized at over $2.7 million dollars awarded to the insured so they are able to begin their repairs to the property.


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Public Adjuster wins 630% insurance claim settlement increase for Key West hotel

Public Adjuster wins 630% insurance claim settlement increase for Key West hotel

South Street Hospitality LLC owns the Seashell Hotel, a quaint lodging for adults and young adults in Downtown Key West. This property, which consists of several buildings of differing construction and historic significance, was significantly damaged by Hurricane Irma. 

The property owners, having had prior experience with Tutwiler and Associates, immediately got in touch with us to handle their claim. Florida Public Adjuster Michael Platts, with over thirty years of property insurance claims experience immediately set forth to establish the available coverages, damages, and costs to restore the landmark to its former glory. 

After submitting a comprehensive and detailed package detailing the loss, and a subsequent protracted fight over policy language and actual damages to the property, Michael was able to effect a payment to the property owners by their insurance company of nearly 630% greater than the carriers initial and inadequate payment of $59,449.


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Thorough inspection yields successful Hurricane Matthew settlement

Thorough inspection yields successful Hurricane Matthew settlement

The Holiday Inn Express located on N. Atlantic Blvd. in Daytona Beach, FL was another hotel owned by our client that was damaged in the October 7th hurricane. While each of the hotel losses we handled were damaged by the hurricane, depending on the wind and water impact, the damages were often different. Thus, it required a thorough inspection of the building including a room-by-room inspection and testing to determine the full scope of repairs required. After assessing the covered loss of the building, the contents, and the business interruption (loss of income), we submitted our claim package and this case was settled to our client’s complete satisfaction.


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Attorney turns to Tutwiler for hotel client hurricane recovery

Attorney turns to Tutwiler for hotel client hurricane recovery

The Days Inn in Daytona Beach located on the International Speedway Blvd. was damaged by a hurricane on October 7th, 2016. We were referred to this owner by his attorney who had heard about our many successes in helping other property owners achieve a fair settlement in the hospitality industry.

After a considerable amount of work, including bringing in experts to help with the assessment of damages related to the hurricane, we were able to assemble a loss and damage package to support the demand for payment. The final payment to our client far exceeded the original offer made by the adjusters working for the insurance company. In the end, a fair settlement and satisfied client.


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Auto dealer recoups $437,000 for hurricane insurance claim after initial offer of $35,000

Auto dealer recoups $437,000 for hurricane insurance claim after initial offer of $35,000

Smith Buick GMC located in Melbourne, FL sustained numerous windstorm and water damage to all of the buildings located on site as a result of Hurricane Matthew.  The initial repair estimate provided by the insurance company was around $35,000.00, falling under the insured’s deductible meaning no payment would be made to help restore the dealership to its pre-loss condition.  Smith Buick GMC retained Tutwiler and Associates who helped settle the claim for $437,500.00.


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Public Adjuster Recovers $310K after Initial Insurer Offer of $26K for Water Supply Break

Public Adjuster Recovers $310K after Initial Insurer Offer of $26K for Water Supply Break

Florida is the poster child for winter vacation homes with many homeowners splitting their time between their northern and southern home. But that means a home may be left unattended for 6 months or more. In this claim, the homeowners split their time between New York and Boynton Beach, Florida. They initiated a homeowner’s claim in late July 2017 after receiving notice from a neighbor that water had been pouring out of their house due to a failed refrigerator supply line.  Several days after filing the claim they contacted Tutwiler & Associates for assistance as they were unfamiliar with the property insurance claim process, were worried about receiving a fair settlement and were unable to stay in Florida for the entirety of the claim. 


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Public Adjuster Negotiates Tenfold Higher Settlement for Swiss Family’s Upscale Miami Condominium Penthouse Property

Public Adjuster Negotiates Tenfold Higher Settlement for Swiss Family’s Upscale Miami Condominium Penthouse Property

Hurricane Irma struck South Florida as a Cat 1 hurricane. Even though it was downgraded from a Cat 3 hurricane, it still caused significant damage throughout Florida. Our client, who is a resident of Switzerland, sustained damage to their high rise condominium penthouse located in Miami Beach, Florida. Window seals were blown out of the luxurious top floor penthouse allowing water, driven by high winds, to enter the unit on both floors staining the stone flooring and causing other damages to the home. 


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Claims Adjuster Mike Stabile Negotiates 429% Insurance Claim Settlement Increase on Hurricane Matthew Claim

Claims Adjuster Mike Stabile Negotiates 429% Insurance Claim Settlement Increase on Hurricane Matthew Claim

When Hurricane Matthew worked its way north in the Atlantic barely off of the east coast of Florida in September of 2016, many homes and businesses were damaged by wind, rain and flood waters. In a catastrophic event, many homeowners are not provided with an in-depth investigation by their insurance company claims adjuster. Instead, the insurance company adjusters jump from home to home missing many critical and costly damages. As such, the actual scope of loss and damages is not effectively addressed leaving homeowners with nowhere near the funds they will need to pay for the repairs necessary to restore their home to its former beauty. In fact, there are frequently times that major structural damages and costly items such as building code upgrades go unaddressed. Such is the case with this homeowner in the Daytona area. After realizing they would not have enough money to repair their home and more importantly that their home was unsafe to live in due to structural damages to the roof, the homeowner retained the services of public adjuster Mike Stabile. He quickly identified damages supposedly missed by the insurance company adjuster and resubmitted the claim.  Through Mike’s diligence, attention to detail and negotiation skills, he was able to recover all the funds necessary for the homeowner to fully restore their home. 


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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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