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Using a Public Adjuster Can Help You Get a Fair Claim Settlement

A recent article from CNN Money Damaged home? How to get an insurer to pay up states that utilizing a public adjuster can help policyholders obtain a fair recovery. As the article states, “Often, policyholders accept low-ball offers from insurers because they don't know what they're entitled to, don't realize how much repairs cost or they're just worn down.” Public adjusters are typically insurance industry veterans who understand the claims process and know how to talk the industry language. Especially with large or complicated losses or during a disaster, involving a public adjuster early in the process can help the homeowner avoid costly mistakes and subsequent denials that require legal action. 

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All Risk Insurance Coverage for Space Debris - Ask Your Agent or Broker About This

If floods, landslides, fires, earthquakes and hurricanes are not enough to worry about, it seems a new peril is lurking that we just did not know about or pay attention to and may need to be added to the list of property insurance claims. Remember the asteroid that streaked across the northern Russian sky a few months back? Well, it seems another one was just recorded on a car dash cam and posted to all the internet news outlets. Not to be an alarmist, but there may be some credibility to this threat given the attention three former U.S. NASA astronauts have given to this. Read More

FEMA Flood Extension Gives Testament to the Complexity of Proof of Loss Filing

Since October of 2013 our office has been cranking out claim packages for all of our clients so they fully comply with the terms and conditions of their flood policies.  One of those tasks is the filing of the Proof of Loss, which to the layman can be as complex as building a house with no construction experience.  

For a third time, FEMA has extended the deadline for filing Superstorm Sandy NFIP flood policy claims, 6 months to October 29, 2014. This is allowing policyholders who have supplemental claims or who have had repairs delayed due to code issues or other situations to gather the proper documentation.

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Florida Property Insurance Claims - Life is Like a Box of Chocolates, You Never Know What You’ll Get

A four-page unsolicited letter I received last week from an attorney filled me in on some of the inner workings of the powers to be in Tallahassee and reminded me of this famous line from the Forrest Gump movie. This letter was like a box of chocolates as each paragraph revealed something new. Apparently, he has been following some of my writings, specifically about the reduction in coverage for the  water peril, the most frequent cause of losses for property damage and wanted to give me some background on how this all went down. 

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Flood Maps & Flood Insurance Hit Homeowners in Unexpected Ways

Flood Maps & Flood Insurance Hit Homeowners in Unexpected Ways
Today’s NPR article: Overhaul Of A FEMA Program Has Homeowners Calling Congress discusses the dire consequences new FEMA flood maps in conjunction with the newly implemented NFIP flood insurance rates is having. An issue not talked about is the requirement for communities who opted into the flood coverage program to follow the mitigation requirements established by FEMA/NFIP, which are strictly enforced. So new construction or substantially remodeled homes must comply with the newly revised flood map elevation height requirements.Read More

Association Boards - Update Your Knowledge Related to Property Insurance Claim Regulations

Association Boards - Update Your Knowledge Related to Property Insurance Claim Regulations
We exhibited at the Suncoast CAI CA Day in Tampa on Thursday getting up to date with Association Property Managers and Board Members. As we meet with Condo Boards about various claim situations, we continue to see Boards that have not updated their knowledge about laws enacted in 2013. If you’re on a Condo Board, please be aware of these changes and review section 718. 111(11) j of the Fl statue on what is or is not covered in a condo claim, that started July 1 2013.

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Sinkhole Insurance and Repair Advice from Our Expert

As part of the national news coverage of the Dunedin, Florida sinkhole collapse, many questions were brought up about the laws governing sinkhole insurance coverage. It was apparent many homeowners and even some media were confused. As part of the coverage Tutwiler & Associates public adjuster Keith Grams was interview by NBC national news. We thank Keith for his contributions and have placed the entire interview below.

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Natural Disasters--The Road Home and the Path Forward on Property Insurance….and Hopefully a Little Help from Our Political Friends

With Super Storm Sandy’s anniversary at hand, not surprisingly, the national media is running a lot of stories on this Frankenstorm Halloween weather event. Having been there with our firm’s troops, we can bear witness to the awful devastation and impact on the communities and their residents lives from Sandy’s furry.Read More

Remembering Superstorm Sandy and its Impact on the 2013 Hurricane Season

On September 11th last year, Rick and I flew to New York City for a planned meeting with Anderson Kill Loss Advisors, a group of the nation’s top public adjusters at the Manhattan law offices of Anderson Kill. The purpose of the meeting was to meet and discuss current events and future plans for this team of professional adjusters, whom we are proud to be a member.  Little did any of us know what would be coming a month and a half later. Read More