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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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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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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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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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