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Hurricane Florence Insurance Claims – Some Commonsense Advice from an Experienced Adjuster

Hurricane Florence Insurance Claims – Some Commonsense Advice from an Experienced Adjuster

Our hearts go out to all the folks in Virginia, North and South Carolina affected by Hurricane Florence and the brave first responders risking their safety to assist others. Based on damage reports and our own public adjuster staff who are monitoring the situation, there is no doubt this event will rival Harvey and create insurance claim disputes unlike we’ve seen before. And if property damage wasn’t enough, the loss of power added misery to the mix. To deal with these perils it behooves property owners to keep their eye on the ball or in this case the money. High percentage hurricane deductibles are being applied and many folks may be surprised that despite their wind or hurricane coverage, they may be out of pocket for mitigation and replacement costs due to lack of flood coverage or exclusions for water - sewer back-up.

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Public Insurance Adjuster Tips for Handling Your Hurricane Florence Flood Insurance Claim

Public Insurance Adjuster Tips for Handling Your Hurricane Florence Flood Insurance Claim

As the catastrophic flooding from Hurricane Florence unfolds, thousands of businesses and homeowners who never considered the possibility of dealing with flood damage will be investigating the claim process. We will be sending a team of adjusters to the Carolinas when authorities say it is safe to enter. So in order to offer assistance to our readers, I asked my talented staff of public adjusters to share some of the best tips they could think of for handling a flood claim. The following are some claim tips that hopefully will help folks should they have flood coverage or even windstorm damage.

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With the Passing of Hurricane Florence, Now Comes the Hard Part

With the Passing of Hurricane Florence, Now Comes the Hard Part

Hopefully folks in the Mid-Atlantic will survive this storm’s wrath with very minimal loss of life or injury, but even one death or serious injury is one to many. And remember serious injuries and death are not limited to the height of a storm. In fact, state and local officials are warning the communities affected, that rising water, flash flooding, storm debris, downed power lines, and wildlife of all sorts are on the move.

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Hurricane Florence Flood Victims Need to Understand the Nuances of Flood Insurance Claims

Hurricane Florence Flood Victims Need to Understand the Nuances of Flood Insurance Claims

The catastrophic flood event expected from Hurricane Florence with widespread flooding on the Virginia, North and South Carolina coasts is bringing back bad memories from the debacle we went thru with Superstorm Sandy. For those who have flood insurance, we encourage you to review and pay close attention to your flood policy’s terms and conditions. The policies issued by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) are unique because they fall under a Federal Government program with its own rules and regulations. Keep in mind that many private insurance companies resell and administer the NFIP policies.  So make sure you confirm if your flood policy falls under this program.

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Take steps to protect your property from Hurricane Florence and a potential insurance claim

Take steps to protect your property from Hurricane Florence and a potential insurance claim

Will Hurricane Florence become the Hurricane Harvey flooding event of the east coast? While the weather experts debate that issue, there is no doubt one way or another that Hurricane Florence is about to unleash a lot of misery on the mid Atlantic coast. Back in September 1989, Hurricane Hugo hit Charleston South Carolina and downtown buildings had 16 plus feet of water. Myrtle Beach just north of Charleston is now a very large tourist resort community and will have major damage if Florence keeps on its current track.

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Pittsburgh Public Adjuster Gives Back to Local Community

Pittsburgh Public Adjuster Gives Back to Local Community

Congratulations to our Pittsburgh Public Adjuster Zach Flora who recently teamed up with WPIX 11 Cares Pack the Bus initiative to donate school supplies for an entire classroom in support of the education system in Robinson Township, Allegheny County. Zach is a great example that shows giving back means more than just helping property owners with their insurance claims. Zach is an ardent supporter of education excellence and is also a product of the local school system. 

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Public Adjuster Interview - What you should Know About Your Flood Insurance Claim

Public Adjuster Interview - What you should Know About Your Flood Insurance Claim

Expert Public Adjuster Dick Tutwiler explains the importance of understanding the difference between flood and water damage property insurance claims.  What to do if you have both wind and water damage. What you need to know about flood insurance to avoid claim delays.

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Five Reasons to Hire a Public Adjuster for Your Hurricane Harvey Property Insurance Claim

Five Reasons to Hire a Public Adjuster for Your Hurricane Harvey Property Insurance Claim

With widespread property damage expected from Hurricane Harvey, many property owners will be seeking out assistance and advice for their property insurance damage claim. One of the most common questions we receive as these calls come into the office revolves around the benefits of hiring a public insurance adjuster. It still amazes us that so many policyholders have not heard of our profession or understand what public adjusters do. So while we try to educate and not blow our own horn, I’ll try to answer that question in hopes of giving readers a basic understanding of the benefits of hiring public adjusters and the role they play in the insurance claims process. 

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Pittsburgh Apartment Owner Receives Low-Ball Repair Estimate for Fire Damage

Pittsburgh Apartment Owner Receives Low-Ball Repair Estimate for Fire Damage

We want to thank Pittsburgh Public Adjuster Zach Flora for contributing the following success story.

A real estate owner of multiple properties experienced a 3 alarm fire at one of their apartment buildings located in the Hill District area of Pittsburgh on November 2016.  The building suffered significant fire, water and smoke damage. Upon reporting the loss to its insurance carrier, multiple adjusters were sent out to inspect the loss and the insurance company immediately assigned an outside company specializing in large losses to handle the claim.  This adjuster prepared a repair estimate that (in the opinion of the apartment owner) did not cover the cost to cover the value of the building and the hidden structural damages that were apparent. It became obvious that the repair estimate ignored parts of the building not directly affected by the fire, but were still subjected to massive amounts of smoke and water damage.

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