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Florida Public Insurance Adjuster Tips for Handling Your Hurricane Sally Flood Insurance Claim

Florida Public Insurance Adjuster Tips for Handling Your Hurricane Sally Flood Insurance Claim

As the catastrophic flooding from Hurricane Sally 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 Pensacola area 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 windstorm damage.

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Covid Business Interruption Claims – The Saga Continues

Covid Business Interruption Claims – The Saga Continues

The case for and against coverage detailed in this Washington Post article about restaurants suing insurance companies over unpaid claims. Still looks grim for the insured in my view but worth seeing if your policy has the virus exclusion. These restaurants will be long gone by the time these lawsuits are resolved. Only hope is if Uncle Sam steps up. In my opinion, it’s not likely to happen. 40% or less has Business Interruption coverage so without BI coverage, 60% are out of luck based on these suits…….and then there is the coming hurricane season.

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In the Trenches, Covid 19 - An Adjuster’s Perspective on the Business Interruption Debate

In the Trenches, Covid 19 - An Adjuster’s Perspective on the Business Interruption Debate

As government officials report the increasing financial losses due to the shutdown of most commercial businesses across the United States, people are desperate for some type of relief and understandably so. So, what to do? Time to look under the hood to see what’s really happening on the prospect of a loss of income claim from your insurance company. Assuming you had the good financial sense to buy Business Income coverage to cover your financial losses before the country and commerce was shut down. The go to place now for relief seems to focus on the private sector insurance industry in both the admitted and surplus lines market, the latter known as the E&S markets. Every day the media is full of press releases, articles, and op-ed articles positioning themselves on one side of the argument that private insurance carriers need to pay these claims, or to the contrary that they are not covered.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Will You Have a Business Interruption Insurance Claim?

Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Will You Have a Business Interruption Insurance Claim?

All of us at Tutwiler & Associates trust you and your families are staying well and safe in the midst of this dreadful Covid-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. While our firm is doing our part to be “socially responsible” and keep our communities safe, many of our firm’s expert adjusters are actively working hard from the confines of their homes as we continue to field client inquiries and offer professional insurance claim assistance, guidance, and support. A few clients have called and emailed to inquire if there is an option for them to file an insurance claim including Business Interruption. Understandably, many business owners are just now combing through their insurance policies as they continue to look for ways to offset business income and financial losses.

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Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas – An unprecedented storm, logistical nightmare, and the long road to recovery

Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas – An unprecedented storm, logistical nightmare, and the long road to recovery

Thank you to Public Adjuster Mike Stabile for contributing this update on Hurricane Dorian recovery. It’s been over 3 months since Hurricane Dorian made its unprecedented and devastating landfall in the Bahamas catastrophically damaging Great Abaco, its barrier islands and Grand Bahama. The reports from our Public Insurance Adjusters who have visited the area multiple times is that damage recovery is challenged and moving slowly. Property damage aside, many have lost their lives. In speaking with the residents, the current “official death toll” is nowhere near what they believe the actual number will be, which could be in the thousands. Our thoughts are with the families still searching for their loved ones.

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Policyholder Question – Is a Vacation Home Entitled to Additional Living Expenses (ALE)?

Policyholder Question – Is a Vacation Home Entitled to Additional Living Expenses (ALE)?

Q. If the home is a vacation home that is destroyed, are we entitled to ALE? The ALE coverage on the loss statement they sent us says zero but we are going to have to incur multiple airline trips and rental bills in order to set up demolition and then the complete rebuilding of our home. Hope you can help with this information.

A. Thank you for the question and just so you know this is a frequent problem for owners of second homes when there is a loss they must attend to. 

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Florida Chief Financial Officer comments that Public Adjusters at fault for Hurricane Michael claim settlement delays. But not so fast.

Florida Chief Financial Officer comments that Public Adjusters at fault for Hurricane Michael claim settlement delays. But not so fast.

Not surprisingly, CFO Jimmy Patronis’s statement to the press has caused a lot of interest especially from the media, some of whom were in attendance when his comments were made. Following both print and internet articles of the CFO’s opinion, I have gotten a number of calls from various media folks across the state asking me to respond. As I explained to one reporter, I do not know where the CFO got his facts to support this pronouncement. But given the gravity of his words, I think he should have enlightened folks with some credible facts and figures. The comments I have read and heard is that the press and the public is not buying what he had to say including the reporters I spoke with who share my confusion about where the data (or anecdotal evidence) is coming from.

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Pittsburgh homeowner turns to Public Insurance Claim Adjuster after hail damage is denied

Pittsburgh homeowner turns to Public Insurance Claim Adjuster after hail damage is denied

Here’s a great success story from our Pittsburgh public adjuster, Mr. Zach Flora that shows how a public adjuster can add value to the claims process. Great job Zach!

On May 28, 2019 a catastrophic hailstorm hit the Pittsburgh suburb of Gibsonia. The golf ball sized hail that struck and damaged homes, buildings, cars anything it came in contact with. Over the next few days, contractors converged on the area knocking on doors and telling property owners they needed new roofs “just sign here” and we’ll file an insurance claim for you. Rather than doing the smart thing and call their insurance company to file a claim, some homeowners who had not dealt with a loss like this went along. As insurance company representatives visited their policyholders in the area, there was no question that all of the roofs needed to be replaced due to the hail damage.

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How the appraisal process may help you settle your Hurricane Michael damage claims

How the appraisal process may help you settle your Hurricane Michael damage claims

We were happy to contribute to the 1 year anniversary of Hurricane Michael with information on appraisal as policyholders continue to try and settle their property claims. Thank you Panama City News Herald for running this article: How the appraisal process may help you settle your Hurricane Michael damage claims

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