Exposing Insurance Deception: Who is Your Carrier Loyal to?

The Mask of Trust

You’ve faithfully paid your insurance premiums for years, believing that when disaster strikes, your insurance carrier will swoop in to save the day. But what if I told you your blind trust could be costing you thousands? Take the time to learn their game, and overcome possible insurance deception. 

The Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing 

Your insurance agent may smile warmly and shake your hand, but beneath that friendly facade lies a stark reality: their loyalty isn’t to you— it’s to their employer. And when push comes to shove, whose interests do you think they’ll prioritize?

Let’s be real: insurance carriers are in the business of making money, not handing it out. When you file a claim, your agent’s job isn’t to maximize your payout— it’s to protect the company’s profits. Suddenly, that friendly smile doesn’t seem so reassuring, does it? 

The Power of Choice

Unlike your insurance agent, we’re not beholden to the whims of the insurance company. Our allegiance lies solely with you, the policyholder, and we are committed to fighting to stop at nothing to ensure you get the compensation you deserve. 

Still Skeptical?

Imagine this: You’re facing the aftermath of a vicious storm and you filed a claim with your insurance carrier, seeking rightful compensation for hail damage to your property’s metal roof. But instead of a swift resolution, you’re met with a daunting denial— making you question the coverage you’ve faithfully paid for.

Enter Premier Claims.

With unwavering determination, we become your advocate. In the face of carrier delay tactics, we stand firm by your side, armed with collected evidence of the storm’s damage to your property. 

Through our expertise, we secured a $1.16 million dollar settlement for a complete roof replacement. Our impact didn’t stop there, as we commonly attempt to steer the insured towards a future of coverage security, by advising an upgrade to more robust policy, in an attempt to further safeguard you from future coverage denials.

This isn’t just a story we pulled out of thin air— it’s a true testament to our capabilities. Premier Claims secured this complete roof replacement for a religious center in Orlando, Florida. Imagine the possibilities for your own claim. 

Take Your Place in the Driver’s Seat

As storm clouds gather on the horizon, now is the time to take action. Don’t wait until it’s too late to protect your interests. Contact Premier Claims today and let us be your guiding light in the darkness of insurance deception. Together, we can weather the storm and emerge stronger on the other side. 

In the face of uncertainty, one thing remains clear: the importance of having a trusted ally by your side. With Premier Claims in your corner, you can rest easy knowing that your interests are protected. Don’t let the storm catch you off guard— let us lead you to victory. 

Being Blind to Your Insurance Coverage Can Lose You Money

When was the last time you read your policy? Do you remember ever seeing it? The claims process can be incredibly overwhelming and confusing, especially if you aren’t familiar with policy language. Premier Claims is here to help. 

Know Your Coverage Inside Out

Whether or not you understand your insurance policy can make or break your claim. The policy serves as a blueprint for your protection and outlines the scope of insurance coverage in place. If you’ve never seen your policy and are filing a claim, it’s like exploring the jungle without a map.

The first step is to reach out to your insurance broker or agent. They are your direct contact regarding your insurance coverage and can provide you with a copy of your policy upon request. 

Knowledge is Power

Armed with the policy in hand, you gain insight into what you’re protected against and, equally as important, what you’re not. This knowledge is invaluable when navigating the claims process. 

After obtaining your policy, simply forward it to a Premier Claims representative. Premier Claims will assign the policy to one of our licensed professionals to do a thorough ]review. By familiarizing ourselves with the specifics of your policy, we can assist in making informed decisions. The more information we have, the better advocate we can be. To have your policy reviewed by our team, please complete the following form: https://premier-claims.com/policy-review/. This should take less than a minute to complete. 

Recognizing Red Flags

If your broker or insurance carrier is hesitant to provide you with a copy of your insurance coverage, it’s a red flag. Transparency is key in the insurance industry, and any reluctance to share information should prompt further questions. Your policy is a binding contract, and you have EVERY right to review its contents. 

Your insurance policy is more than just a document—it’s your lifeline in times of crisis. Taking the time to understand the legal lingo is an investment in your peace of mind and financial security. Don’t hesitate to reach out to Premier Claims for guidance, and remember, knowledge is power. By arming yourself with information, you can navigate the claims process with confidence and clarity.

Take control of your insurance journey today. Reach out to your broker or agent to request a copy of your policy and then submit your policy for a complementary review by our licensed professionals to ensure your property is properly protected. Embark on the path to empowerment– peace of mind is worth it.

Tornado Recovery, Where Do You Start?

Emotions run high as communities assess the full extent of devastation caused over the weekend. About 40 tornadoes tore across the Midwest, including Nebraska, Iowa, Oklahoma, and Kansas, as well as a few down in Texas. Some reports show around a hundred tornadoes touched down over the tumultuous weekend. It’s clear there is much work ahead to recover from this disaster. But where do you start?

If this whirlwind of devastation affected you, then you most likely asked yourself that very question: Where do I start?

When you experience such a level of devastation that rips your entire life from its foundation and scatters it about, it becomes almost impossible to think straight. The flattened view of homes and memories before you is captioned by children’s confused cries as they search for their Wubbie or bicycle – the equivalent of an emotional tornado. Where do you find time to pick up the pieces of littered remnants of your home and everything within it?

Recovery & Claim Tips

Next Steps

The next steps become increasingly complicated and time consuming. The claims process can take 6 months to a year or longer. Do you have an additional 20 hours available to spend on a claim for the next 6 months to a year on top of your normal life? I know I don’t and most other people don’t either.

Are you prepared to tackle all that is required in the claims process?

Unlike the carrier adjuster, a public adjuster solely has your interests in mind. They can manage the additional 20 hours a week to handle your claim, reducing your burden. Public adjusters are experts in their field. They will advise and assist you throughout the entire claims process, eliminating those nagging questions and uncertainties you have right now.

What should I do?

Where do I start?

How do we get through this?

Premier Claims is familiar with disaster response and aiding property owners with claims, and this time, it’s in our own backyard. Our experts are here to help our community rebuild and heal from this tragedy. For more support, reach out to our team today: https://premier-claims.com/storm-damage/ 

By: Ashley Workman | Sr. Paralegal & Licensed Public Adjuster

Insurance Coverage for Collapse

You just bought your dream property— investing time, effort, and resources into making it a reality. Yet, amidst the joys of ownership lies the uncertainty of potential structural disasters. Enter collapse coverage, a policy feature often overlooked, but essential in shielding your investment. Learn about the depths of this coverage type, demystifying its significance, and empowering you to navigate your policy with confidence.

Do I Need Collapse Coverage?

Collapse coverage protects policyholders from financial losses resulting from the sudden and unexpected collapse of a building or a part of the property. This collapse could be due to various reasons, including structural defects, hidden decay, or other covered perils. Collapse coverage typically comes in two forms: broad and narrow.

Broad Collapse Coverage

Broad collapse coverage offers protection against a wide array of causes, including hidden decay, insect or vermin damage, and weight of contents. This comprehensive coverage ensures that policyholders protect their property from a broad range of potential risks.

Narrow Collapse Coverage

Narrow collapse coverage requires proof of a specific cause, such as fire, explosion, or perils explicitly listed in the policy. This type of coverage is more specific in its requirements, but still offers essential financial protection in the event of a collapse.  

What Does This Look Like in Your Policy?

One fundamental aspect to consider is how your insurance policy defines collapse. Definitions can vary significantly depending on the policy and carrier. While some policies define collapse as an abrupt falling down or caving in of a structure, others may include substantial impairment of structural integrity. Understanding how collapse is defined in your insurance policy is key when it comes to protecting your property.

Covered Causes

We recommend policyholders review the events or perils covered in their insurance policy to assess their level of protection comprehensively. Covered causes may encompass structural defects, insect or vermin damage, the weight of ice, snow, or sleet, and specific natural disasters, among others. By understanding these covered causes, policyholders can better anticipate and mitigate potential risk to their property.

Exclusions

Similar to other insurance coverages, collapse coverage has a set of exclusions that can limit what it will cover. Common exclusions include gradual deterioration, wear and tear, settling, and maintenance related issues. These exclusions highlight the importance of routinely maintaining your property. Being aware of these exclusions allows you to understand the extent of the coverage provided by the policy and any potential gaps that may exist.

Why Your Property Needs Structural Protection

Collapse coverage provides policyholders with financial protection against unforeseen structural failures that could result in significant repair costs. Property owners may face substantial expenses to repair or rebuild damaged structures without this coverage type.

Review Your Policy

To ensure adequate protection, we recommend policyholders carefully review their insurance policies and understand the terms and conditions of their coverage. They should also consider consulting with a qualified insurance professional to assess their coverage needs and make informed decisions. To have your policy thoroughly reviewed by our team of licensed professionals, submit your policy here: https://premier-claims.com/policy-review/

Collapse coverage is a vital component of property insurance, offering protection against unexpected structural failures. By understanding what their insurance policy entails and ensuring they are adequate coverage, policyholders can protect their properties accordingly. Knowing that you’re financially protected in the event of a collapse, is the peace of mind every property owner deserves.

Insurance Deductibles: What You Need to Know

As a commercial property owner or policyholder, understanding insurance deductibles is crucial for navigating the complexities of insurance coverage effectively. Explore the essentials of insurance deductibles, empowering you with the knowledge to make informed decisions and protect your valuable assets. 

What Is an Insurance Deductible?

An insurance deductible is the amount of money you, as the policyholder, are responsible for paying out of pocket before your insurance coverage kicks in. It serves as your financial contribution towards the cost of a claim. For instance, if your property sustains damage and the total repair cost is $10,000 with a deductible of $1,000, you’ll need to pay the $1,000 deductible, and your insurance provider will cover the remaining $9,000. 

Type of Insurance Deductibles

Navigating Insurance Deductibles for Commercial Property Owners

Understanding insurance deductibles is vital for commercial property owners. These deductible amounts can significantly impact your financial responsibilities in the event of a claim. Therefore, it’s crucial to approach them with careful consideration.

Assess Your Risk and Financial Situation:

Before selecting a deductible, evaluate your risk tolerance and financial capability. Choosing a higher deductible typically leads to lower premiums but requires a greater out-of-pocket expense if you need to file a claim. Consider your ability to cover this expense comfortably.

Thoroughly Understand Your Policy:

Take the time to review your insurance policy in detail, paying special attention to the deductible provisions. Be aware of any specific deductibles for different types of risks or perils. Understanding these details upfront can prevent surprises and ensure you know what to expect in case of a claim.

Incorporate Deductible Costs Into Financial Planning:

When budgeting for property maintenance and repairs, factor in potential deductible costs. This ensures that you’re financially prepared for any unexpected expenses that may arise from filing a claim. By including these costs in your financial planning, you can avoid financial strain during the claims process.

Regularly Reassess Your Insurance Needs:

As your business evolves and market conditions change, it’s essential to periodically reassess your insurance needs, including deductible amounts. This ensures that you maintain adequate coverage to protect your commercial property effectively. Reassessing your insurance needs allows you to adjust your deductible amounts to align with your current risk profile and financial situation.

Tips for Effective Management of Insurance Deductibles:

In addition to understanding insurance deductibles, consider implementing the following strategies to optimize your coverage and minimize financial risk:

Insurance deductibles play a pivotal role in commercial property insurance, shaping coverage options and financial responsibilities for policyholders. By understanding the nuances of insurance deductibles and implementing proactive risk management strategies, commercial property owners can safeguard their assets effectively and navigate the insurance landscape with confidence. 

For further guidance tailored to your specific insurance needs, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team of experts at Premier Claims. We’re here to empower you with knowledge and support you need to protect what matters most. 

Learn to Love Your Insurance Policy

Valentine’s Day is more than just a celebration of romantic relationships. It’s an opportunity to nurture a relationship with something equally important—your insurance policy. While insurance might not be the most exciting topic, understanding and appreciating your policy can bring peace of mind and financial security. This Valentine’s Day, learn to love your insurance policy and feel confident in the coverage you’ve chosen. 

Strengthen Your Relationship

Know What You’re Covered For

The first step in loving your insurance policy is understanding what it covers. Take the time to thoroughly read through your policy documents and/or discuss them with a licensed professional. Pay close attention to key details such as property damage coverage, liability coverage, and any additional endorsements or riders that may be relevant to your property use. Understanding your coverage limits and exclusions can help you avoid surprises in the event of a claim. 

Assess Your Risks

Every property faces unique risks, whether it’s due to the nature of the industry, the location of the property, or other factors. Conduct a risk assessment to identify potential threats to your commercial or residential property, such as fire, theft, natural disasters, or liability claims. Once you understand your risks, you can work with your insurance carrier to tailor your policy to provide adequate protection against those specific threats. 

Review Your Policy Regularly

Just like relationships, insurance policies require regular attention and maintenance. Review your policy annually or whenever there are significant changes to your business or property. This could include renovations or expansions, changes in inventory or equipment, or updates to local building codes and regulations. Keeping your policy up-to-date allows you to have the right coverage vs. right amount of coverage.

Ask Questions

Don’t hesitate to ask for assistance when navigating your insurance policy. While your insurance carrier can offer valuable insights, sometimes you may require additional support to fully grasp the complexities of your coverage. That’s where a team like Premier Claims can step in. With our team of licensed public adjusters and legal professionals, we’re dedicated to helping policyholders fully understand their policy. Whether you’re unsure about a particular clause in your policy, need clarification on a claim process, or simply want experienced guidance, our team is here to provide personalized support.  To have your policy thoroughly reviewed by our team of licensed professionals, submit your policy here: https://premier-claims.com/policy-review/

Consider Additional Coverage

Depending on your needs, you may want to consider additional coverage options beyond the basic property and liability insurance. Evaluating your specific risks and considering additional coverage can provide added peace of mind. For example, as hail season quickly approaches, it’s important that your insurance policy protects your property against any damage that hail may bring. Learn more about hail damage coverage in our blog: https://premier-claims.com/blog/commercial-property-hail-damage-coverage/

Document & Maintain Records

In the event of a claim, having thorough documentation can make the process smoother and help you fight to receive fair compensation. Keep detailed records of your property, including photos, receipts, and inventory lists. Maintain copies of insurance policy documents, correspondence with your insurance carrier, and any relevant contracts or agreements. Being organized and prepared can help expedite the claims process and minimize possible disruptions to your business operations. 

Stay Informed

Insurance regulations and industry standards can change over time, so it’s important to stay informed about developments that may affect your coverage. Being proactive can help you make informed decisions about your insurance policy and allow you to be adequately protected. We recommend that you subscribe to updates from your insurance carrier and participate in industry associations, so that you can stay informed of relevant news and developments in your area. We believe that knowledge is not just power but a path to peace of mind. Stay connected, stay informed, and let our team be a resource for you. For ongoing industry updates, subscribe to our blog: https://premier-claims.com/resources/blog/

By following these tips, you can develop a deeper understanding and appreciation for your insurance policy. Ultimately, giving you the confidence to face whatever challenges are thrown your way. This Valentine’s Day, take a moment to show some love to your insurance policy. It’s a relationship worth nurturing for the security and protection of your property. 

What Are Named Perils?

In the realm of property insurance, comprehensive coverage is key. At Premier Claims we believe that an informed policyholder is an empowered one. Policyholders often focus on broad strokes, but it’s the finer details that truly define the protection you receive. One such detail worth exploring is the concept of Named Perils.

The Power of Named Perils

Named Perils are a list of specific risks or events that, when they cause damage to your property, are covered by your insurance policy. Think of it as a tailored plan, addressing the most common and impactful threats your property may face.

Common Peril Types

Fire and Smoke Damage

Fires, even non-natural disasters like electrical or kitchen fires, fall under named perils. Coverage also extends to smoke damage. Understanding this broad definition allows you to protect your property against various fire-related incidents. 

Windstorm or Hail

Policyholders need to know the minimum wind speed for a windstorm, as well as the size criteria for hail in their policy. Researching your property’s location history, to know the average for both in your area, can make a big difference in ensuring your policy adequately protects your building. Regular reviews of your policy allow for accurate coverage against varying windstorm and hail intensities.

Theft and Vandalism

Property insurance distinguishes theft (unlawful property taking) from vandalism (intentional property damage). Policies have specific considerations for each. Prompt reporting for this type of damage is imperative in the claims process.

Explosion

Property insurance covers damage from explosions as named perils. Understanding the circumstances, such as exclusions for terrorism or intentional acts, can help you throughout your claim process. 

Why Named Perils Matter

Tailored Protection

Your policy works as a shield for your property and your financial peace of mind. Furthermore, your insurance policy addresses the specific risks most relevant to your property. 

Claim Accuracy

Armed with knowledge, you can navigate the claims process with precision. For this reason your claim may be assessed and settled more accurately. 

Peace of Mind

Knowing that your coverage aligns with the potential risks your property faces, provides unparalleled peace of mind.

When reviewing your policy, pay attention to the named perils section. It’s not just a list; it’s a roadmap to a secure future. Armed with knowledge, policyholders can navigate confidently, knowing their coverage aligns with their potential risks. At Premier Claims, we guide you through the maze of insurance complexities. For personalized insights, connect with Premier Claims for a free policy review.

Guide to Filing a Claim: The Essentials

Filing a property insurance claim can be a meticulous process, but being armed with the right information is key to a successful outcome. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll explore the essential information you need to file a property insurance claim effectively. Whether it’s understanding the details of the incident or gathering crucial documents, this guide ensures you’re well-prepared, with a focus on optimizing your claims experience.

What You Will Need Before You File a Claim

1. Policy Number

Your policy number is the gateway to your coverage. Ensure you have it readily available when filing a claim. This unique identifier is crucial for your insurer to locate your policy quickly. 

2. Detailed Description of the Date of Loss

Provide a thorough and accurate description of the event that caused the damage. Include specific details such as how the incident occurred, the extent of the damage, and any immediate actions taken to mitigate further harm after the date of loss.

Date and Time of the Incident

Pinpointing the exact date and time of the incident is crucial for establishing the timeline of events. This information helps streamline the claims process and ensures accurate assessment. 

Location of the damage

Specify the location where the damage occurred. Whether it’s your home, business, or a specific area within the property, clarity in the damage location aids in a swift and accurate assessment. 

3. Photos or Videos of the Damage

Visual evidence can be powerful when filing a claim. Capture photos or videos of the damage as soon as possible after the incident. These visuals provide a clear representation of the extent of the damage, supporting your claim. Partnering with a Public Adjuster to conduct a thorough inspection can help to expedite the claims process, allowing for a more accurate representation of your properties damage.

List of Damaged Items

Create a detailed inventory of all items that sustained damage. Include information such as the make, model, and serial numbers. This comprehensive list forms the basis for evaluating the extent of your losses. Maintain receipts or any documentation proving the value of the damaged items. This documentation can be crucial for establishing the monetary value of your losses when aiming to receive a fair compensation. 

4. Relevant Police or Incident Reports

If applicable, include any police or incident reports related to the event. These reports provide an official record of the incident, offering valuable documentation for your claim. 

Contact Information for Witnesses

Collect contact information for any witnesses to the incident. Witness statements can serve as valuable evidence to support your claim, providing an independent perspective on what transpired. 

5. Check with Your Insurance Carrier

Check with your insurance carrier for specific requirements unique to your policy. Policies can vary, and understanding any additional documentation or steps required will hopefully eliminate any added stress throughout your claims journey. 

Perfecting the process of filing a property insurance claim is rooted in acquiring precise information. Whether it’s your policy number, detailed descriptions, or compelling visual evidence, each element contributes to the success of your claim. Premier Claims, armed with an array of resources, aims for a seamless claims process. Our dedicated team is here to thoroughly review your insurance policies so that your property is adequately protected in the event of damage. Empower yourself with this comprehensive guide, approaching property insurance claims with confidence.

Review Policy & Inspect Property Before a Hurricane

To protect yourself in the event of a future hurricane, one of the most important ways you can prepare is by reviewing your policy coverage. For Hurricane Preparedness Week, we will outline a few of the key aspects to consider in your policy: deductible, building coverage, and the importance of inspecting your property with photo documentation.

Deductible

Hurricane coverage deductibles are either be a fixed dollar amount or a percentage of the insured value. Percentage deductibles are more common as they will not increase premiums as much as a fixed dollar amount deductible. However, if you’re located in a hurricane prone area, it is crucial to know what type of deductible is in your policy and the financial responsibility you would have if a hurricane damaged your property. 

For instance, say you have $400,000 in coverage to your building and your policy has a 2% deductible. After a hurricane, your insurance claim is settled at $50,000 for property damage, but you receive a check for $42,000 — You’re responsible for paying the percentage deductible of $8,000 out-of-pocket to restore your building. 

Reviewing of policy information.

Building Coverage

Building coverage is an essential part of any policyholder’s insurance policy. It provides protection for the structure of your home, including the roof, walls, foundation, and other structures such as a garage or shed. In the event of a hurricane, this coverage will help you repair or rebuild your home if it is damaged.

The amount of building coverage you need will depend on a variety of factors, including the size of your home, the materials it is made of, and the cost of construction in your area. As a general rule, you should have enough coverage to rebuild your home from the ground up if it is completely destroyed. An Actual Cash Value policy pays what your property is worth today, whereas a Replacement Cost Value policy will pay the cost to repair or replace your property without deducting for depreciation. To learn more, visit our blog “What is Recoverable Depreciation?” 

Flood Damage Insurance

Another factor to consider when purchasing building coverage is whether your policy includes coverage for flood damage. Flooding is a common occurrence during hurricanes, and it can cause significant damage to your home. If you live in a flood-prone area, you may want to consider purchasing a separate flood insurance policy to ensure that you are fully protected.

Coverage Limits and Exclusions

When purchasing building coverage, it’s important to read your policy carefully and understand the coverage limits, and exclusions. For instance, a roof exclusion could specify that the insurance carrier will not pay for damages to the roof as a result of wind or other events, such as a hurricane. A cosmetic exclusion could put you at risk of having to justify the necessity for repairs or replacement if the insurance carrier classifies the damage as cosmetic. 

Policy Requirements

You should also be aware of any requirements your insurance company may have for hurricane preparations, such as installing storm shutters or reinforcing your roof. Failure to do any hurricane preparations can put you at risk for a denied or underpaid claim. Read more in yesterday’s blog “Prepare before the storm” 

Aerial view of roof inspection on commercial property.

Property Current Condition

One of the most important steps that is often overlooked by policyholders is to get their property inspected and take pictures before a hurricane hits. Doing so can provide solid evidence of the condition of their property before the hurricane and make it easier to assess the damage caused by the hurricane.

Here are a few reasons why it is essential to get your property inspected and take pictures before a hurricane:

The Good News

Our team provides free policy reviews and property inspections. If you have concerns over your current insurance policy, our team of legal experts will complete a thorough review and outline potential gaps in coverage or risks. Our inspection & adjusting team will gather the necessary documentation and pictures required prior to any hurricane damage. In addition, we will continue to monitor your property, and in the event you experience severe damage, we begin the claim process on your behalf immediately to get you paid faster. Contact us today to get your free policy review and inspection!