Tutwiler Success Stories

Flood Claims Denied…Tutwiler & Associates Public Adjusters Fought for Reversal & Won!

Flood Claims Denied…Tutwiler & Associates Public Adjusters Fought for Reversal & Won!

Two years ago, on October 29, 2012 Super Storm Sandy came ashore just south of New York City causing significant flood damage to many buildings in the Financial District and in Battery Park City, New York.  Our firm was on the ground within 3 days post-storm, helping people prepare to file their Sandy insurance claims. We ended up opening an office in the area and stayed a good 6 months. Many of these high-end residential condominium buildings overlook the New York Harbor, Statue of Liberty, and skylines. Tutwiler & Associates Public Adjusters were retained to represent one of these tower communities.


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Public Adjuster Secures Large Property Insurance Settlement for Hollywood Actress

Public Adjuster Secures Large Property Insurance Settlement for Hollywood Actress

In 2005, hurricanes Katrina and Wilma struck South Florida with a vengeance. Five years after the initial storm,  Public Adjuster Ed Collier of Tutwiler and Associates was asked to examine a claim on behalf of a Hollywood actress who owned a high-end custom built home in the Miami-Dade area that was heavily damaged by the two hurricanes. You may be asking, “How can the Public Adjuster help almost 5 years after the fact?” 


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Public Adjuster Helps Hampton, New York Homeowner Win Battle On Ice Dam & Winter Storm Damage Insurance Claim Dispute

Public Adjuster Helps Hampton, New York Homeowner Win Battle On Ice Dam & Winter Storm Damage Insurance Claim Dispute

On February 2, 2014 the owner of this upscale estate discovered massive amounts of water damage to the inside of the home.  The insured property owner promptly called his agent who in turn notified the insurance company.  The owner then called, New York Public Adjuster, Mr. Rick Tutwiler of Tutwiler & Associates Public Adjusters to manage the insurance claim…


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St. Petersburg Public Adjuster Helps Family Battle Citizens On Fire Claim – Wins Case

St. Petersburg Public Adjuster Helps Family Battle Citizens On Fire Claim – Wins Case

Background: 
On January 14, 2011 just after celebrating the Christmas holidays, a perilous fire erupted in St. Petersburg, FL causing massive damage throughout the Sheldon family home.  Lucky to have survived the fire, the husband and wife team and devoted parents quickly caught their breath and proceeded to make the best out of the situation assuming their insurance company would help them by responding the same.  They had no idea that this would turned into a 3 ½ year ordeal that would bring nothing but stress and heartache upon this strong family who lost everything.


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Naples Florida Public Adjuster Rick Tutwiler Collects $519,962 on Water Damage Claim

Naples Florida Public Adjuster Rick Tutwiler Collects $519,962 on Water Damage Claim

After six and half years of battling their insurance company for low repairs estimates, this Naples, Florida homeowner obtains a much larger settlement with the help of professional public adjuster Rick Tutwiler...  


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Tampa Public Adjuster Facilitates Win Win on Rental Home Fire Claim

Tampa Public Adjuster Facilitates Win Win on Rental Home Fire Claim

On December 29, 2013 this rental home in Tampa, Fl. caught fire due to a cooking accident caused by the owner’s tenant.  Sadly, the tenant had no renters insurance and they lost everything. In this particular case, the owner was savvy enough not to make any quick decisions and hired a contractor to specifically board-up and secure the property as required by the insurance policy.  He then patiently waited for his insurance company claims adjuster to provide a repair estimate.  After waiting and waiting the owner quickly realized he was not getting anywhere fast.  He then decided to search for help and for some reason remembered the words “Public Adjuster”.  Soon thereafter, public adjuster Rick Tutwiler was called in to assist.


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Public Adjuster Assists Condominium Board Negotiate Fire Claim and Assignment of Benefits Issue

Public Adjuster Assists Condominium Board Negotiate Fire Claim and Assignment of Benefits Issue

On December 1, 2012 something caught fire on the back balcony of this two story condominium complex located on Treasure Island, FL. resulting in fire, water, and smoke damage to the property. Immediately after the fire, the Condominium Board decided to hire a contractor to repair the damage.  Normally, this is the typical procedure many COA’s take. However, in this claim, there were many others issues complicating the loss, which the contractor could not legally address.  Specifically, there were many insurance claim adjusting issues with respect to the extent of the fire and smoke damage in addition to Law & Ordinance & Code Upgrade requirements the were being enforced by the county building department.  Pursuant to the Florida SB408 (Chapter 2011-39) there are provisions that strictly prohibits contractors from adjusting insurance claims unless the contractor also holds a public adjuster license. However, the new law also prevents contractors holding a public adjuster license from doing any type of reconstruction, repair, or restoration of damaged property on the same loss, since it would represents a clear conflict of interest. 


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Windemere Florida Public Adjuster Negotiates Fair Settlement to Water Damaged Custom Home

Windemere Florida Public Adjuster Negotiates Fair Settlement to Water Damaged Custom Home

On September 5, 2013 a water supply line burst in this upscale custom home in Windemere, FL causing significant damage to the master wing section.  During inspection, it was noted that the wood flooring was continual throughout the entire home. Replacing the floor would require extensive demolition as custom stonework, cabinetry, a fire place, and custom bar had all been built on top of the wood flooring. 


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Good Preparation Helps Apartment Recover Insurance Claim for Fire, Water, Smoke Damage & Business Interruption

Good Preparation Helps Apartment Recover Insurance Claim for Fire, Water, Smoke Damage & Business Interruption

On May 24, 2013 a large fire erupted at this multi-story commercial apartment building in Indian Rocks Beach, Florida resulting in significant damage from the fire, smoke, and water damage to their personal business property as well as loss of rental income.  Upon learning of the extensive damages incurred and the complexity of the claim, the owner realized he needed professional adjusting help and contacted Tutwiler & Associates to discuss their insurance claim.  Public adjuster Rick Tutwiler was hired soon after to manage the claim.  Following multiple inspections and documentation of all aspects of the loss, Mr. Tutwiler prepared the claim detail for the building, personal property, and loss of rents.  Getting a public adjuster involved early paid off and avoided many of the mistakes policyholders make when trying to handle the claim themselves. As a result of the claim preparation, the carrier made payments, which totaled $279,239.


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Tampa Public Adjuster Helps Save Christmas After Disastrous Fire Loss

Tampa Public Adjuster Helps Save Christmas After Disastrous Fire Loss

On November 29, 2013 a fire broke-out at this 2 story home located in Tampa, FL causing significant fire, water, and smoke damage to the structure and families personal belongings.  Immediately after the fire, many different types of vendors offering their services approached the property owner.  They included various Emergency Service Contractors and local Public Adjuster “chasers.”  At this most vulnerable time, the owners keenly recognized that it was in their best interest to stay away from the majority of these people simply because they did not know who they were and seemed like opportunists.  They knew not to sign contracts with any firm until they had a chance to think about it and check references. 


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