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Public Adjusters for Commercial Business Interruption

Your company can be affected by an unexpected natural or man-made disaster that stalls your operations indefinitely. Your business interruption insurance will be critical to your survival. Do you know what your business is entitled to under the terms of your insurance policy?

An interruption to your business can be difficult to measure.

Business interruption insurance is meant to cover the amounts you would be expected to earn if the disaster had not happened and suspended your operations. When negotiating a business interruption claim with your insurer, a key part of a business interruption claim is determining the extent of the period of interruption and for how long the insurer will pay on the claim. There are several areas of business interruption claims that can be subjective, so it may not be a straightforward discussion with your insurer. If they are tending to their interests, who’s looking out for you?


Our public adjusters have unmatched experience in successfully negotiating business interruption insurance claims to help you to mitigate the extent of your losses. We evaluate all the variables of your loss and prepare a comprehensive claim to present to your insurer to help you achieve financial recovery and get back in business.

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What To Focus On After Business Interruption

Make sure you fully understand the meaning of each of the following before you move forward. Feel free to reach out to us for a no-cost discussion about your claim.
  • Can my in-house accounting staff handle my claim?
  • Should I give the insurance company’s accountant everything he/she is asking for right away?
  • Will the insurance company advance money to continue my operations?
  • Why is a claim strategy so important?
  • Am I impacted by coinsurance?
  • Can I keep paying my employees?
  • The insurance company is engaging a forensic accountant. What is his/her role? Why can’t you just have your accountant prepare your claim? Understand that you will need to share your financial statements. You may also have to produce your tax returns. Can you recast your financial statements? If so, why?

  • Is there coinsurance in your policy? If there is, what does it mean? If there is, did your insurance adjuster explain it to you?
  • Are you entitled to an advance from the insurance company? What is reasonable?
  • Utilizing proformas/budgets to calculate loss of income.
  • What are expediting expenses? How do they differ from extra expenses?
  • What are extra expenses? What can be included?
  • How do you project lost sales? What about new products? Sales declines?
  • Credit for continuing sales. How are they calculated? What if you have another location and your policies are not blanket? What if they are blanket?
  • What is the extended period of indemnity, and how does it work?
  • What happens if you open your business elsewhere and you are successful? What if you are not successful?
  • Can you continue to pay your employees?
  • “Ordinary” employees vs. “Key” employees. How do they get classified? What is covered?
  • What is your broker or agent’s role? Will he/she be adjusting the claim? How many claims has he/she handled? Will his/her role be active or passive? Does he/she have an accounting degree? When faced with supporting your position or the insurance company’s, where will he/she stand?

Property Damage Losses Commercial Claims Recovery Process

Property Damage
Time Element
Life & Safety Issues
Mitigation of Damages
Establish A Preliminary Recovery Plan
Evaluation of Coverages
Valuation Of Damages, Claim Preparation, and Documentation
Negotiations & Settlement
Restoration Of Property & Operations

How Our Public Adjusters Help You

  • Evaluate Icon Evaluate Fully reviewing your insurance coverage.
  • Strategy Icon Strategy Developing a claim management strategy.
  • Compliance Icon Compliance Determining policy compliance issues.
  • Valuations Icon Valuations Completing detailed valuations of building, equipment and inventory losses.
  • Interruption Icon Interruption Formulating business interruption models.
  • Itemization Icon Itemization Presenting and supporting an itemized claim package to your insurer.
  • Negotiation Icon Negotiation Negotiating on your behalf with your insurance company.
  • Communication Icon Communication Keeping you informed every step of the way.
  • Settlement Icon Settlement Ultimately settling the claim for the maximum amount and with less hassle for you.

Industries Our Public Adjusters Have Helped

  • Client References & Testimonials

    Client References

    Testimonials

    Prior to [your] involvement, my insurance company omitted over half the damage in their estimate. During the whole process, from evaluating the damage to getting the fair market costs of labor and materials, to the final settlement, [your representative] displayed a real understanding, knowledge and professionalism. He truly represented the client against a difficult insurance representative for which I am grateful
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    Akbar Khan
    Homeowner
    Months after the storm passed, the County was still faced with tremendous burdens related to the insurance coverage issues and FEMA and MEMA eligibility issues. Jackson County hired Adjusters International to provide professional services for disaster assistance, remediation, restoration and recovery efforts....Their expertise with governmental regulations, the complex FEMA process and insurance adjustments resulted in our successful claim for over $2 million in additional FEMA Public Assistance funding specifically; in our successful negotiations with our insurance carrier; and in numerous other increases in the values FEMA and MEMA initially designated for County projects. Jackson County will always be mindful of the help we received from Adjusters International when we needed it most.
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    Alan K. Sudduth
    County Administrator - Board of Supervisors, Jackson County, Mississippi 
  • Case Studies

    In the spring of 2013, the Village of Watkins Glen and Schuyler County suffered a devastating fire to its new, 15,000-square-foot Shared Services Building. This services facility was the headquarters or central location of key departments for the county’s and village’s operations. The Adjusters International Basloe, Levin & Cuccaro public adjusting team was chosen to manage the county’s and village’s property damage insurance claims while ensuring that public services continued unhindered. After initial offers from both insurance carriers at much lower levels, AI/BLC was able to negotiate and secure a total recovery amount of $3.2 million dollars.

    Wilbert’s, a prominent three-location automotive recycling operation across Western and Central New York, suffered a devastating fire to a new 10,000-square-foot building at its Williamson location. As this building was the center of business for that location, Adjusters International/Basloe, Levin & Cuccaro (AI/BLC) immediately established temporary solutions to mitigate the losses and also developed strategies and objectives to make sure Wilbert’s received an optimal insurance settlement.

    New Energy Works, a leading timber company in America, suffered winter-related roof collapse to one of its main 15,000-square-foot buildings. When operations could have been left in limbo, our public adjusters quickly took control of the insurance claim process to help make sure New Energy Works kept running and did not lose customers to competitors.

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Meet Your Public Adjuster
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Steven Vanuga
Principal
Through his extensive knowledge of both the insurance industry and property insurance policies, Steve is able to empower our clients to achieve maximum results from their property insurance claims.
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