If you’re a policyholder who owns or manages real estate that has been damaged by a covered cause of loss under your insurance policy and you aren’t getting the property damage insurance claim settlement you deserve, you may want to consider hiring a good public adjuster to represent your interests. Here are some common scenarios why policyholders hire a public adjuster:
- You don’t fully understand the policy language, coverage, benefits, exclusions, or terms;
- You don’t have time to deal with the insurance claims process;
- Your insurance company is not reasonably responding to your requests;
- You feel your insurer is not correctly evaluating your claim.
- You believe you are being ignored or getting mistreated by your insurer and/or their representatives.
The truth is, if you seek the maximum settlement you deserve with minimum time delays and stress, you may want to consider hiring an ICRS public adjuster to negotiate your insurance claim at the beginning, when a dispute arises, or to supplement a claim as a non-litigious option to settle a property damage insurance claim.
Engaging a good public adjuster at the beginning of a claim is typically the best time. Especially if the claim is a partial loss, large or complex. The reason why is that insurers are required to give consideration to any evidence which supports the policyholder’s interests equal to their own in the spirit of acting in good faith. Unrepresented policyholders who don’t have anyone representing their interests run risks of poor documentation, misunderstanding of policy terms and claims submissions, improper inspections, delays, underpayments, financial stress, errors, omissions, bad faith tactics, and improper claims-handling practices.
Reasonably preventing property from further damage as well as performing a “timely and thorough investigation” of claims is an absolute MUST for a policyholder. Getting a prompt and fair settlement versus delays, underpayments, controversy, adversity, and unnecessary litigation can be achieved by hiring a professional public adjuster at the beginning of a claim to get fairly indemnified. Good, experienced public adjusters will assist policyholders to navigate the insurance claim process from mitigation efforts to the recovery of withheld depreciation.
Public insurance adjusters are essentially policyholder advocates who act as private, independent, licensed, bonded, and professional claims adjusters that settle property damage insurance claims exclusively on behalf of the insured. They work solely on behalf of policyholders. Individuals and businesses hire these licensed professionals when they need help filing a claim or if they believe a claim amount offered by their insurance company was incorrect.
Public adjusters can file and negotiate claims for flood, fire, smoke, wind, and hurricane damage, as well as damage due to other perils, and loss of business income caused by property damage. They are legally authorized to act on behalf of an insured policyholder. Practices, responsibilities, and duties of a public adjuster include:
1) Review policy language – some coverages and exclusions are open to interpretation. Analysis of conditions and knowledge of the terms of your indemnity contract are key.
2) Assist the policyholder in meeting their burden of proof of claimed property damages.
3) Perform a Timely and Proper Investigation – Inspect and assess physical damages.
4) Match up losses with the appropriate property coverages for a fair settlement demand.
5) Review and respond to carrier correspondence addressing any omissions, misrepresentations, wrongful denials, violations of policy, and violations of insurance code statutes.
6) Compile and Submit a Pro-Policyholder Claim Package to your insurer with supporting evidence that documents your damages, the estimated scope of work, estimated costs, occurrence data, 3rd party reports, photos, news stories, policy language, statutes, bulletins, proper forms and present a proof of loss.
7) Incorporate reasonable arguments to trigger coverage under your insurance policy and in compliance with the insurance code statutes of your state.
8) Proactively remove objections, roadblocks, and wrongful withholding of coverages.
9) Expose the insurer’s liabilities and potential violations of the statutory insurance codes.
10) Reasonably argue with a credible degree of certainty any questionable allegations of an insurer’s view for underpayment, delays, or wrongful denial of your property damage insurance claim.
11) Negotiate a fair and prompt settlement.
12) Prepare, complete, and/or file a complaint to the state department of insurance on your behalf.
13) Refer legal counsel, expert engineers, hygienists, or other professionals when necessary.
14) Avoid unnecessary litigation and appraisal.
Multifamily, Apartment and Commercial business policyholders who engage Insurance Claim Recovery Support LLC public adjusters have vastly benefited from the outcome of the claim settlement we deliver as a result of our pro-policyholder representation. We work on contingency and often policyholders actually save a lot of time and pay the same fee by hiring us at the beginning of a claim rather than waiting for problems. Learn how we help settle hail, fire, and other storm-related property damage insurance claims fairly & promptly for policyholders at www.insuranceclaimrecoverysupport.com