ABC Action News Explains Florida’s Property Insurance Disaster

ABC Action News Explains Florida’s Property Insurance Disaster

Congratulations to ABC Action News ITeam reporters for clearly explaining the state of Florida’s Property Insurance situation in their Florida Insurance Disaster show. There are still home and business owners battling their insurance companies trying to rebuild. While we applaud Florida’s My Safe Florida Home Program and the recent fine of an insurer not complying with claim regulations during Hurricane Ian, much more can be done to give policyholders an avenue to resolve disputes, hold unresponsive insurers accountable and require insurers have the financial staying power to withstand the serious storms that will come. Follow ABC’s continuing coverage of the Insurance Crisis in Florida.  


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The Last House Standing – Property Insurance System Needs to Change

The Last House Standing – Property Insurance System Needs to Change
The Last House Standing  by Director - Producer George Siegal, is a documentary film that explores why we continue to place cost over safety, while the technology exists to build homes capable of withstanding hurricanes, fires, and tornadoes. The film explores the challenges of post storm recovery and features an interview with our founder, Dick Tutwiler. Watch the Film Here
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40 Years of Contributing to the Public Adjusting Profession

40 Years of Contributing to the Public Adjusting Profession
It's been quite the whirlwind at Tutwiler & Associates! This year we are celebrating our 40th Year Anniversary of putting policyholders first. This week, the Emeritus and Founder paid a visit to our office, sharing insights from his career in the professional public adjusting industry and invaluable insider knowledge acquired during his tenure at a major Insurance Company. From what I've gathered, the video company is doing a news piece diving deep into unraveling the complexities of insurance schemes in Florida along with the internal methods used in the claims settlement process between insurance companies and their policyholders.
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Hurricane Ian One Year Later: Policyholders Await Justice Amidst a Storm of Bureaucracy

Hurricane Ian One Year Later: Policyholders Await Justice Amidst a Storm of Bureaucracy
It's been a year since Hurricane Ian unleashed its fury on Florida, battering both coastlines and wreaking havoc on agricultural and urban areas in between.  An event that should have subsided in its aftermath has instead metamorphosed into a year-long saga of pain, resistance, and a battle for policyholder insurance claim justice as countless victims remain ensnared in an unnatural whirlwind: the struggle for fair compensation and treatment in the claim adjustment process.  
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Expert Insights: Public Adjuster Reveals Key Flood Claim Strategies & Hurricane Idalia Updates for Policyholders

Expert Insights: Public Adjuster Reveals Key Flood Claim Strategies & Hurricane Idalia Updates for Policyholders

Since Hurricane Idalia impacted Florida’s west coast, our public adjusters have been besieged with questions about flood claims. I also noticed from initial state claims data that many claims are being closed without payment. This may be due to policyholders not understanding what is covered under their homeowner's policy vs. their flood policy, if they have one. We are receiving concerning feedback from policyholders who are feeling frustrated in the initial stages of the claims process, especially from the moment they report their first notice of loss.  


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Hurricane Idalia Flood Claims – Now Comes Proof of Loss with NFIP Flood Policies

Hurricane Idalia Flood Claims – Now Comes Proof of Loss with NFIP Flood Policies
Policyholders who were impacted by Hurricane Idalia flooding will soon be faced with fully complying with the terms and conditions of their flood policies.  One of those tasks is the filing a Proof of Loss (POL), which to the layman can be as complex as building a house with no construction experience.  Not surprisingly, our Florida public adjusters are already fielding calls with questions from confused policyholders.
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Public Adjuster Tips for Handling Your Hurricane Idalia Flood Insurance Claim

We’ve revived a very popular blog for the benefit of Hurricane Idalia property owners on understanding flood where our talented staff of public adjusters share some of the best tips they could think of for handling a flood claim. The following are some tips that hopefully will help folks should they have flood coverage. Remember flood insurance is a separate policy from your standard homeowners insurance and covered under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Private insurers also sell under this program. A standard homeowners policy “will not” cover flood defined as rising water. Standard policies will cover wind driven rain or any moisture coming from above such as roof leaks.
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Hurricane Idalia Power Outage Insurance Claims - What You Need to Know

Hurricane Idalia Power Outage Insurance Claims - What You Need to Know
Power outages will be an unavoidable reality for policyholders who are impacted by Hurricane Idalia. While some outages last only a few minutes, others can stretch on for days, causing considerable inconvenience and financial loss. From spoiled food in the refrigerator to potential business losses, the aftermath can be burdensome. This brings up an essential question: Does your insurance policy cover losses stemming from a power outage? Here's what you need to know about power outage insurance claims
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Public Adjuster Tips to Protect Your Hurricane Idalia Flood Insurance Claim

Public Adjuster Tips to Protect Your Hurricane Idalia Flood Insurance Claim

Based on current forecasts, it appears Hurricane Idalia will create significant flooding from Sarasota to St. Petersburg and especially into Tampa Bay the likes that this Florida public adjuster has not seen. Storm surge coinciding with a full moon and high tides may produce some surprises and property owners should prepare for the worst. In addition, embedded tornadoes and significant wind gusts are always in the mix. The time to prepare is now. And should you experience damage, you want to do everything you can to protect your property insurance claim. Experiencing a flood in your home or business can be distressing, and the aftermath can often be overwhelming. One of the critical steps post-flood is to document the damage for insurance claims accurately. Proper documentation not only helps in maximizing your claim benefits but also ensures a smoother claims process. Here are the best tips to help you document and prepare a flood insurance claim effectively.


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The Florida Insurance Crisis and Hurricane Ian – This isn't Getting Better

The Florida Insurance Crisis and Hurricane Ian – This isn't Getting Better
Last year, we saw one of the most destructive storms in the history of the state with Hurricane Ian. This year, we are witnessing just how severe the lack of oversight is, in regard to regulating property insurance carriers’ financial integrity as well as making them accountable for their claims handling schemes. If the regulators pursued carrier misbehavior with as much vigor as they do policing attorneys, public adjusters and contractors, we might see a better environment for Florida policyholders
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"On Property" Insurance Claim Tips Blog

Tips and advice about how to properly file and protect your property damage insurance claim and get a fair settlement. We invite all readers to ask questions about their claim so our public adjusters can post answers for others to benefit. Insurance claim expert guest bloggers welcome to submit posts via our contact form.

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Tutwiler & Associates Public Adjusters, Inc.
Licensed Public Insurance Adjusters & Loss Consultants
Offices: Tampa, Orlando, Palm City, Ft. Myers, Florida; Dallas, TX; Pittsburgh, PA

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