Hurricane Nicole Will Complicate the Insurance Claim Environment

Hurricane Nicole Will Complicate the Insurance Claim Environment
As we continue to closely monitor Nicole, we wanted to provide you with a few updates.  As Florida learns 2022 midterm election results, undecided is how Nicole will impact insurance companies and how they treat policyholders. We are seeing a steady stream of denied and marginalized claim payouts keeping Ian victims from a fair claim recovery. Here’s what Nicole victims should expect looking beyond the center of the track:Read More

Hurricane Ian Policyholders Can Benefit from Lessons Learned after Superstorm Sandy

Hurricane Ian Policyholders Can Benefit from Lessons Learned after Superstorm Sandy
Every day, clients ask questions about the claims adjusting process. Recently, a client and retired home builder affected by Hurricane Ian asked me, how much insurance company adjusters make? I probed, “Why do you ask?” The response, “My insurance company has sent 5 different people to inspect my roof damage and the amount they're paying these people is probably more than the cost to replace my roof!”Read More

Public Adjuster Tips for Handling Your Hurricane Ian Flood Insurance Claim

Public Adjuster Tips for Handling Your Hurricane Ian Flood Insurance Claim
Hurricane Ian is producing all kinds of flood claim issues and conflicts with wind related water damage. National Flood seems to be responding well in some cases but others are frustrated and confused. We just received a $100K advance for one of our clients and we’ve seen some issuing $15K advance for contents and others $30K for buildings but with mortgage company names included.   We believe National Flood will waive the Proof of Loss requirement so look for an extension to the time frame. Also be very patient see what the City of Cape Coral is saying about homes flooded and built before 1981.Read More

Hurricane Ian Update From a Public Adjuster’s Perspective

Hurricane Ian Update From a Public Adjuster’s Perspective
Here is what we are seeing and advice on how property owners can handle and avoid potential problems with their flood and wind insurance claims.  As tremendous losses continue to mount, many recovering from Hurricane Ian are realizing their insurance companies are not paying policy limits for flood and wind claims, as reported by the Cape Coral Breeze in an article on October 14, 2022. Officials told a crowd of several dozen to stay persistent in working with National Flood insurance companies on getting reimbursement and compensation for work to repair homes, while other owners we have spoken to have already received denial letters. Read More

Public Adjusters are Part of the Solution to Hurricane Ian Recovery

Public Adjusters are Part of the Solution to Hurricane Ian Recovery
A recent open letter from the National Association of Public Insurance Adjusters (NAPIA) stated: "Public insurance adjusters are experts in the claims adjustment process and are, along with attorneys, the only “licensed” profession that can help consumers by preparing, filing, and adjusting insurance claims. It is important to note that policyholders have the right to hire their own adjuster to assist them with the preparation of their claim.” In Florida, there are currently over 2,700 licensed and bonded Public Adjusters listed on the Department of Financial Services license search website. Not only are public adjusters already highly regulated by the state, but the national (NAPIA) and state (FAPIA) industry associations impose a high ethical standard on members. During Hurricane Michael and other storms, public adjusters were there to help policyholders when their insurance companies did not have the resources to respond in a timely manner. Read More

In the Wake of Hurricane Ian, Florida’s Public Servants Need to be Claim Smart and Shift Focus to Florida Policyholders

In the Wake of Hurricane Ian, Florida’s Public Servants Need to be Claim Smart and Shift Focus to Florida Policyholders

Hurricane Ian is going to be a long hard insurance claim tragedy for Florida homeowners and businesses alike given the state of the insurance industry. Here’s what’s next for policyholder insurance claims, the adjustment process, and how industry consultants can help bring everyone together.   

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Insurance Claim Tips as Hurricane Ian Races Towards the Florida Gulf Coast

Insurance Claim Tips as Hurricane Ian Races Towards the Florida Gulf Coast

We pay good money to insure our property, while hoping never to have to file claim. When disaster strikes you expect your insurance company to have your back. In a perfect world, your insurance carrier will send out their field adjuster following your notification of a loss. The adjuster will thoroughly inspect and properly value your damage and a check will be forthcoming in a reasonable amount of time. In our 38-years of practicing public adjusting, with storms like Hurricane Ian, we unfortunately see too many cases where this is not the case.

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Public Adjuster Negotiates a $3 Million+ Settlement for Country Club Resort Insurance Claim After Insurer Offers $0.00

Public Adjuster Negotiates a $3 Million+ Settlement for Country Club Resort Insurance Claim After Insurer Offers $0.00

The complexities of a property insurance claim are many. This is even more true with the variables that exist in claims for country clubs and resorts. Owners and managers are not only tasked with navigating a building damage claim and policy coverage issues, but they also have the monumental task of addressing, assessing, and seeking compensation for damages to business personal property, maintenance equipment, golf carts, golf course and grounds, supplies, saleable goods Inventory, food & beverage stock, debris removal, and costs incurred for engineers, architects, and auditors. Moreover, owners will be tasked with addressing and projecting intangible damages for items like business interruption, extra expense, lost sales revenue, and lost membership dues. For business managers not familiar with the insurance claims process this is a daunting task that takes away large chunks of time from their primary responsibilities to efficiently operate the business. Learn how Public Adjuster Mike Stabile put his expertise to work for this client and acheived a fair claim settlement. 

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

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Phone: 813.287.8090
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