Hurricane damage to your business may seem irrecoverable. Our experts will be there on-site for you to evaluate the full scope of commercial property damage and business interruption to prepare and negotiate a claim that will get you the maximum settlement to fully recover.
In the wake of such devastation, our adjusters are there for you as your advocates and guides, responsible for managing your claim as you focus on the next critical steps of your business.
There are key factors to consider when preparing a claim for hurricane damage, given that you may be dealing with both windstorm and flood damages often covered by different insurance policies and handled by different adjusters. Without a proper grasp on this situation and a thorough understanding of your commercial insurance policy, you, the business owner, can be at a disadvantage and not receive what you truly need to restore your business.
As you begin to make decisions to maintain and restore your business, a crucial decision can be to hire a public adjuster immediately to prepare and manage your claim. We level the field when dealing with your insurance company. We guide you and advocate on your behalf as we evaluate and document your damage in detail to negotiate a claim for the maximum amount.
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?
Wind Damage vs. Storm Surge vs. Flood. What is covered?
Why is a claim strategy so important?
Am I impacted by coinsurance?
Forensic Deconstruction may be required in order to determine the possible structural damages caused by pressure vs. suction and differential pressure (wind flow on two opposite sides of any building components such as roofs, walls, structural members, etc., which could deform or dislodge materials).
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 you? How is coinsurance calculated: on replacement cost or actual cash value?
Is there a methodology to properly document the loss?
Is a moisture survey necessary? Why or why not?
When mold is an issue, be sure to hire professionals to record RH%, document the damage, and create a moisture map before removing ALL wet building materials.
Prompt inspection and documentation is key to a successful claim. It takes a trained professional to identify and document windstorm damage. Do you have the right expert lined up? You should not just rely on the insurance company’s experts.
The report from the roofing expert you choose can make all the difference in your recovery.
Repair vs. replacement of roofing can be a challenging issue. Are you familiar with matching issues/rules? Are you familiar with patching issues/rules? What about warranties?
Wind-driven rain vs. leakage. The difference can affect your recovery.
What happens following an extraordinary storm when drying equipment, generators, remediation labor, and other resources are unavailable for days? Weeks?
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
The only regret I have is that I didn't bring Adjusters International to the party immediately after our loss. If we would have retained you a few days earlier, you could have taken control before the insurance company did so. If you would have been there from the beginning, our insurance carrier would have paid less money, and Diagonal LLC would have had a clear choice to get our tenants back in place in a shorter timeframe. Our recovery was more than double the insurance company's initial assessment.
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