Hail damage can often be missed and then lead to serious damage to your property. A delay in filing your commercial insurance claim for hail damage can become a hurdle in getting the optimum insurance recovery for your business. We can help.
Hail causes an average of nearly $1.3 billion in property damage each year, plus tens of millions of dollars in crop damage.
Usually, the most costly hail damage occurs on the roof of your building, but depending on the type of roof, the extent of the property damage can go undetected or be difficult to measure. If not identified and dealt with promptly, subsequent damage can occur later, such as water damage and potential structural damages extending from that.
Hail damage can also impact windows, doors, air conditioning units, landscaping, and vehicles. Our public adjusters understand the full scope of the hail damage and will work with you to evaluate and document your property damage in detail to negotiate a claim with your insurance company that will get you what your business needs in order to recover.
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.
What is my agent/broker’s role? Will his/her role be active or passive? When faced with supporting your position or the insurance company’s, where will he/she stand?
The insurance company hired a construction estimator. What do I need to know?
Loss of Appearance allowances. Are they covered?
Why is a claim strategy so important?
Am I impacted by coinsurance?
Prompt inspection and documentation by YOUR experts is key.
How is hail damage determined/identified?
Can there be damage to the roof without any visible damage?
Air conditioning units: repair vs. replacement. Can repaired units have the same efficiency?
Chipped roof tiles. Do they need to be replaced?
Value engineering a different roof covering vs. paying for what was actually damaged. Is that a good strategy?
Do you have to accept a settlement that leaves you with dented property?
Exterior paint. Requirements/protocols regarding matching all sides.
Is there coinsurance in your policy? Properly managing coinsurance requirements can prevent financial disaster. Not properly managing coinsurance requirements can put you out of business! If there is, what does it mean? If there is, did your insurance adjuster explain it to you? How is coinsurance calculated: on replacement cost or actual cash value?
Prompt inspection and documentation is key to a successful claim.
Is there a methodology to properly document the loss?
It takes a trained professional to identify and document hail damage. Do you have the right experts lined up? You should not rely only on the insurance company’s experts.
How much of my time will this take?
Property Damage Losses Commercial Claims Recovery Process
Life & Safety Issues
Mitigation of Damages
Establish A Preliminary Recovery Plan
Evaluation of Coverages
Valuation Of Damages, Claim Preparation, and Documentation
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
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.
Alan K. Sudduth
County Administrator - Board of Supervisors, Jackson County, Mississippi
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