Fire & Smoke Damage
PUBLIC ADJUSTER FOR
RESIDENTIAL & COMMERCIAL FIRE & SMOKE DAMAGE
Within moments, a fire can engulf your property and interrupt your business indefinitely. As you concentrate on the safety of all occupants and how to recover and stay in business, you will also need the time to prepare a thorough insurance claim covering your loss.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, business owners and organizations suffer $2.3 billion in commercial and industrial property losses each year.
Fire losses are often the most devastating occurrences that can happen to a family or business. Fire damage requires important short-term decisions from individuals that are under a tremendous amount of stress and confusion. Unfortunately, our fire claim adjusters see many mistakes being made regarding how to handle a restoration company or what contracts to sign. These can have lasting consequences on what you recover from your fire insurance claim. Just view this investigative report about getting the most out of your insurance claim after a fire.
The public adjusters at the Claim Warriors will apply our years of practical and professional experience to your fire loss claim. We have the knowledge and expertise to help you negotiate the complicated process required by your insurance carrier to get your fire claim paid in a fair and honest manner.
So, should you hire a public adjuster when you have a fire? Read what Consumer Reports has to say about filing an insurance claim after a fire. Get a public adjuster involved early to avoid making mistakes with restoration contractors and the insurance company.
ATTORNEY OR PUBLIC ADJUSTER?
We see some policyholders get confused about whether they should hire an attorney or public adjuster to handle their fire claim. Both have a valuable advocacy role in the claims process. To get value from both we would suggest hiring a public adjuster on the front end to manage your fire claim. Only if you are denied coverage or legal issues arise that the public adjuster cannot handle would we refer a client to hire an attorney. Read what this expert says about role of each professional.
A fire loss includes damages caused by smoke, soot, heat, the water used to extinguish the fire and the fire itself. In the case of a severe fire, all of these components combine to make a residence or business uninhabitable and unusable. Our first objective in preparing your claim for submission to your insurance carrier is to evaluate the scope of loss and damage as well as to analyze your insurance policy to see how it applies to the specific situations of your loss.
It must be determined to what degree the structure is damaged and how badly your personal or business property is affected. Are these items and components repairable or are they a total loss? It makes no economic sense to spend limited resources on repairs to items which will only be replaced in the end. This is one area where disputes commonly occur between the insured and the policyholder. One of the most common and potentially costly mistakes we see policyholders make is to sign authorization forms from "disaster restoration" firms which give these firms authorization to remove or attempt to repair items that may in fact be a total loss. This cost will be subtracted from the policy limits that may be needed to pay for items that are clearly a total loss.
Be sure to take some time to consult with the Claim Warriors before signing blank authorization or assignment of benefits (AOB) forms. These forms are also used to “spike the job” and may in fact give rise to liens on the property months later should the policyholder and carrier disagree on the claim. Let the professional public adjusters at the Claim Warriors determine what experts such as origin and cause (O&C) experts, structural engineers, appliance and electronics technicians, and cleaning and restoration specialists should be used in formulating a comprehensive plan to return your property to its pre-loss condition.
Smoke almost always accompanies a fire and the effects of the hydrochloric acid contained in a typical structure fire are very corrosive. Further, the heat of a fire pressurizes the smoke and drives it into areas of the building and affects contents which are surprisingly remote from the source of the fire. For example, this smoke can lessen the life of electronic and mechanical equipment. The scope of restoration as well as the affected content value and cost of restoration can determine whether or not your property will be properly returned to its pre-loss condition.
Contact the Claim Warriors today to start the process of a proper and equitable recovery to your fire damage claim.