Public Adjusters For Commercial Fire Damage
According to the National Fire Protection Association, business owners and organizations suffer $2.3 billion in commercial and industrial property losses each year.
Fire claims are especially complex for the different types of damage they cause, all of which have to be documented and proven to your insurance company. For example, fire can create serious damage from smoke, burning residue, and corrosive substances released in the flames. There can also be substantial water damage from the effort to extinguish the blaze. In the aftermath, your property and valuables may be exposed to the elements and become more damaged if not addressed immediately. As the policyholder, it is your responsibility to minimize the damage while you focus on keeping your business running. Do you also have the time to handle your insurance claim?
Your insurance company may present an offer they think is sufficient based on their own damage assessment. Our public adjusters work only for your interests to evaluate, document, and prove the full scope of loss and negotiate your claim for the maximum amount.
What To Focus On After Fire Damage
What is my agent/broker’s role?
The insurance company hired a construction estimator. What do I need to know?
Why is a claim strategy so important?
Am I impacted by coinsurance?
Can smoke damage be removed/neutralized?
How can you identify/document items that are totally destroyed?
Your insurance company pays less if you clean/restore as much of your equipment and improvements as possible. Is that a good idea?
How do the smoke and the water used to fight the fire affect your machinery? Your computers, equipment, and other electronics?
If water used in suppressing the fire causes mold and fungus, is the ensuing damage covered?
Asbestos, lead, and other hazardous materials can have a major impact on your claim. Are you aware of how to properly address these in order to prepare your claim and to avoid future liability issues? Hazardous materials such as asbestos and lead can be expensive to address. You want to make sure to not cut corners when addressing this issue. You want to make sure to not cut corners when addressing this issue.
Code Upgrade coverage is very important when rebuilding after a fire. How does your insurance policy address code coverage? Also, what about any Green building upgrades? Checking the correct building codes before you prepare your claim is critical.
What happens when the insurance company engages a forensic accountant? What is his/her role? Why can’t your accountant just prepare your claim? You will have to produce your financial statements and possibly your tax return. You may need to recast your financial statements? If so, why? What are extra expenses? What can be included?
What are expediting expenses? How do they differ from extra expenses?
How much of my time will this take?
What is pressurized smoke?
How Our Public Adjusters Help You
- Evaluate Fully reviewing your insurance coverage.
- Strategy Developing a claim management strategy.
- Compliance Determining policy compliance issues.
- Valuations Completing detailed valuations of building, equipment and inventory losses.
- Interruption Formulating business interruption models.
- Itemization Presenting and supporting an itemized claim package to your insurer.
- Negotiation Negotiating on your behalf with your insurance company.
- Communication Keeping you informed every step of the way.
- Settlement Ultimately settling the claim for the maximum amount and with less hassle for you.
Industries Our Public Adjusters Have Helped
Client References & Testimonials
- Camp Northwood - Remsen, NY
- Four Acres Restaurant - Williamstown, MA
- Herkimer Hotel - Herkimer, NY
- King Pin Recreation Center Inc. - Rome, NY
- The Matt Brewing Company - Utica, NY
- The Oneonta Grocery Co., Inc. - Oneonta, NY
- Revere Copper Products, Inc. - Rome, NY
- Symeon's Greek Restaurant, Inc. - Yorkville, NY
- Yahnundasis Golf Club - New Hartford, NY
Having negotiated losses in the past without the aid of your firm, we can honestly say that your expeditious handling of the loss, as well as your ability to negotiate a settlement that was better than we had expected, was greatly appreciated.Kevin P. CassidyManaging Member - Air Logistics, LLC
[Your public adjuster] always knew what we ought to do next, who we should call about the problem and what was fair and what wasn't... I can't say enough about Adjusters International and the whole team that kept track of the numbers, worked through the issues, helped us achieve a very fair settlement and got us back in business.Nicholas O. MattPresident - The Matt Brewing Company, Utica, NY
The Mountain Green Ski & Golf Resort in Killington, Vermont, suffered a devastating fire loss at the end of ski season. The fire began in an underground parking garage, burning so hot that it melted a portion of the structural steel supporting the seven-story condo resort.