Get a Policy Review: Protect Yourself from Carrier Tactics

How Do You Know You’re Properly Covered in the Event of a Disaster? Answer— You Don’t!

We’ve all got a million and one things on our plate, and who has the time to sit down and dissect an insurance policy, right? Here’s the cold, hard truth— neglecting that policy review could be the decision that haunts you when disaster strikes. 

A storm rolls in, lightning cracks, thunder roars, and suddenly your business is flooded, your investments ruined. You’re knee-deep in water scrambling to salvage what you can, all while the clock ticks down. 

What if you had taken the time to get that policy review?

What if you had known the ins and outs of your coverage like the back of your hand?

Maybe, just maybe, you could have avoided the nightmare altogether. 

Insurance Carriers Are Pros at Taking Your Money

Here’s the kicker— insurance policies are notorious for their labyrinthine language and sneaky loopholes. That “Act of God” clause? It might not cover as much as you think. And those exclusions buried in the fine print? They could leave you high and dry when you need help the most.

Not all insurance claims have a happy ending, but it is possible to increase the likelihood of a happy ending relatively easily. Enters the Public Adjuster: the unsung heroes of the insurance world. Public adjusters, like those at Premier Claims, are armed with the knowledge and expertise to navigate the murky waters of your policy. 

Still not convinced? Consider this— The time you invest in that policy review could be the difference between a smooth claims process and a never-ending nightmare. Not to mention that a policy review will only take seconds of your time. Picture yourself sailing through the storm, confident and prepared, while others flounder in the chaos. 

Intrigued? Concerned? Good, it’s time to take action. 

Face the beast head-on, arm yourself with knowledge, and take control of your claim. Because when disaster strikes you’ll want to be the one calling the shots, not the other way around.

Reach out to Premier Claims today and let us guide you through the murky waters of insurance policies. Your future self will thank you – trust us, we’ve seen it all. 

Remember, ignorance may be bliss, but it’s a one-way ticket to disaster. Allow our team of experts to evaluate your insurance policy and ensure your property is properly protected. By submitting your policy, you’ll gain valuable insight on how to optimize your coverage for maximum benefit. Don’t let it cost you everything. Submit your policy for review today: https://premier-claims.com/policy-review/

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. 

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 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. 

What is the Purpose of an Inspection?

When was your property last inspected?

Our inspections team provided expert insights into the true purpose and benefits of property inspections. From assessing damage firsthand to advocating for fair compensation, inspections serve as a critical step in protecting your investment. Don’t miss out on reaching your claim’s potential- watch now and learn why an inspection is one of the most important steps of the claims process.

 

 

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What is a Damage Assessment?

Protect your property like a pro!

Hear from our Inspections Manager and Adjusting Manager as they break down the essential steps and purpose of a damage assessment. Discover hidden signs of damage, and important safety measures, and gain the knowledge you need to navigate your claims process with confidence. Don’t leave your property vulnerable- watch now to learn from experts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Protect Your Property from Pipe Bursts

January has kicked off the year with a bang. From the Dakotas to Texas, record-low temperatures are sweeping the country, leading to a surge in pipe bursts. The Guardian reported that “Nebraska governor Jim Pillen announced a state of emergency, citing “very dangerous conditions” in the state,” as they experienced extreme winter storms.  As property owners, it’s crucial to understand the implications that this level of storms can cause. Premier Claims is here to guide you through the ins and outs of pipe bursts, providing essential information to help you protect your property this winter. 

Understanding Pipe Bursts

Winter conditions can cause water inside pipes to freeze, leading to increased pressure and potential bursts. Consequently, these bursts can result in extensive water damage to your property, ranging from structural issues to ruined belongings. Understanding the science behind pipe bursts empowers you to take preventive action. Moreover, proactive measures can significantly reduce the risk of such incidents.

Signs of Impending Pipe Bursts

Unexplained Increase in Water Bills

A sudden spike in your water bill could indicate an underlying leak, potentially leading to a burst.

Decreased Water Pressure

If your faucets, sinks, or showers are not delivering water with the usual force, it might be a sign of a compromised pipe. 

Strange Noises

Gurgling or banging sounds in your pipes can signal impending issues. 

Other Signs

If there is frost buildup on exposed pipes, damp sections of drywall, carpet, or ceilings, as well as strange smells from faucets or drains, your pipes may be on the verge of bursting.

Preventive Measures

Take preventive measures to protect your property from pipe bursts with these simple steps:

Insulate Exposed Pipes

Identify and insulate pipes in unheated areas to prevent freezing. You can insulate exposed pipes outside of your property using pipe sleeves and heat tape.

Maintain Adequate Heating

Allow your property to stay properly heated, especially in areas prone to freezing. Follow your local electricity provider for best practices in your area.

Drip Faucets

When the weather dips below freezing temperatures, allow your faucets to drip. This can relieve pressure and prevent your pipes from freezing and bursting.

Additional Tips

Follow your local guidelines to drain sprinkler systems. Store any hoses indoors and shut off water valves to outdoor faucets, leaving outside valves open. Lastly, keep any external doors and garages closed, especially if water supply lines are present.

What Do I Do If a Pipe Bursts?

Shut Off Water Line

Promptly locate and turn off the main water supply immediately; in turn, this can help reduce the extent of damage to your property. 

Open Faucets to Reduce Pressure

If you haven’t already, turn on faucets throughout your property. This should allow any remaining water in your pipes to release, reducing the pressure on the damaged area.

Initiate Cleanup with Caution

While you can start the cleanup process, especially un non-electrical hazard areas, consider professional assistance. Certified water-removal companies, recognized by organizations like the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), can assist in reducing damage.

Partner with a Public Adjuster

Working with a public adjuster can be the key difference in the outcome of your water damage claim. Notify the Premier Claims team promptly after the damage occurs. Our team will provide guidance on how to navigate the claims process every step of the way. 

Our commitment to industry leadership extends to providing educational content on topics like pipe bursts. As the country grapples with record-low temperatures, understanding how to mitigate the risks of pipe bursts becomes even more crucial. Premier Claims remains your dedicated partner, offering a helping hand in navigating the complexities of winter-related property damage.Winter storms may bring challenges, but with the right information and key steps, you can safeguard your property.

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.

Commercial Property Coverage: Difference Between BI and ALE

Navigating the complexities of commercial property coverage can be prone to misunderstandings. It’s crucial to grasp every aspect of your coverage to best prepare your property and business for anything that comes your way. Two terms that often cause confusion are Business Interruption (BI) and Additional Living Expenses (ALE). Let’s dive deeper into these policy elements, providing clarity for commercial property owners. 

Business Interruption (BI): Safeguarding Revenue Streams

What is Business Interruption Coverage?

Business Interruption (BI) coverage steps in when unforeseen circumstances disrupt your business operations. Whether due to natural disasters, fire, or other covered perils, BI provides coverage so that your revenue streams receive protection during the downtime. 

Key Features of Business Interruption

Revenue Loss Compensation

BI commercial property coverage covers the actual loss of income your business sustains during the interruption. 

Operating Expenses

It extends to cover ongoing expenses like rent, utilities, and payroll, easing the financial strain. 

Temporary Location Costs

If relocation is necessary, BI can cover the additional costs associated with setting up operations in a temporary space. 

Understanding the Waiting Period

BI policies often have a waiting period before coverage kicks in. It’s important to discuss and determine the optimal waiting period tailored to your business needs. 

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Additional Living Expenses (ALE): Sustaining Daily Life

What is Additional Living Expenses Coverage?

Additional Living Expenses in commercial property coverage is a vital facet that allows for the continuity of daily operations during unexpected disruptions. ALE steps in when your commercial property is rendered temporarily unusable for covered perils, providing support to maintain operational standards. 

Key Features of Additional Living Expenses

Temporary Operational Space

ALE covers the costs associated with relocating your business operations to a temporary workspace, such as a rented office or facility, allowing for minimal disruption. 

Equipment and Inventory Storage

In cases where your commercial property requires extensive restoration, ALE can cover the expenses related to storing equipment and inventory safely.

Technology and Connectivity

ALE extends to cover costs of setting up temporary communication systems allowing your business to remain connected and operational.

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Synchronizing Business Interruption and Additional Living Expenses Coverage

ALE and BI can work in tandem within commercial property insurance coverage, offering a comprehensive safety net. While BI is intended to safeguard your revenue, ALE is intended to provide coverage so that your daily operations continue seamlessly during the restoration period. 

Claim Considerations

It’s imperative to maintain a detailed record of expenses incurred during the temporary relocation. Working closely with a skilled public adjuster, like those at Premier Claims, can help navigate the intricacies of your policy, aiming for you to receive everything that is owed to you and minimize operational disruptions.

Conduct a Thorough Risk Assessment

Identify potential risks specific to your commercial property; moreover, this will allow you to tailor your insurance coverage to address the unique challenges your business may encounter.

Collaborate with a Reputable Public Adjuster

Engage with a knowledgeable public adjuster, such as Premier Claims, that will aim to handle your commercial property insurance claim with expertise and precision. 

Regularly Review and Update Your Policy

Stay ahead of changes in your industry and business structure so that your commercial property insurance policy evolves with your needs, providing comprehensive Business Interruption and Additional Living Expenses coverage.

Understanding the role of Additional Living Expenses and Business Interruption coverage empowers commercial property owners to make informed decisions, allowing minimal financial strain and operational downtime during challenging times. Remember, knowledge is your greatest ally in the world of insurance claims for commercial properties.