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Good News for Florida Properties Damaged by Isaac

Help for business interruption, property damage, condominium Tropical Storm and then Hurricane Isaac [Tue, September 11, 2012] Florida Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty has issued the following informational memorandum (OIR-12-05M) on August 30, 2012 with instructions on the applicability of the hurricane deductible as it relates to property losses sustained from Hurricane Issac:

The purpose of this informational memorandum is to advise property insurers that Tropical Storm/Hurricane Isaac was declared a hurricane by the National Hurricane Center of the National Weather Service on Tuesday, August 28, 2012, at 11:20 A.M. CDT.

Before Tuesday, August 28, 2012, at 11:20 A.M. CDT, Tropical Storm/Hurricane Isaac was classified as a Tropical Storm. Section 627.4025(2)(a), Florida Statutes, specifically defines hurricane coverage as coverage for loss or damage caused by the peril of windstorm during a hurricane and furthermore (2)(b) provides Windstorm for purposes of paragraph (a) means wind, wind gusts, hail, rain, tornadoes, or cyclones caused by or resulting from a hurricane which results in direct physical loss or damage to property.

Insurers are hereby notified that the hurricane deductible shall not apply to property losses associated with a Tropical Storm/Hurricane Isaac damage claim that occurred prior to Tuesday, August 28, 2012, at 11:20 A.M. CDT.

For these property losses, all insurers must apply the deductible that is unrelated to hurricane, generally referred to as the all other perils deductible or other than hurricane deductible. An insurer that fails to apply the appropriate deductible is subject to administrative action.

For a PDF copy, please visit: http://www.fslso.com/publications/press/OIR/OIR.12.05M.pdf

So why and how does this affect you? Well, did you know that a typical home-owner's insurance policy in Florida carries a higher deductible for hurricane related claims as opposed to other property damage losses. Although unfair and devastating to many property owners, because of this higher deductible, insurance companies pay out less on damages caused by a hurricane - forcing property owners to accept the financial burden to fully cover all repairs and restoration costs.

The good news for those Floridians hit by Tropical Storm Isaac is that most damage in Florida (with the exception of the Western Panhandle) has occurred prior to declaring Isaac a hurricane, therefore the high hurricane deductibles will not apply to their storm related claims! This allows property owners to pay lower deductibles and get the much needed help and relief.

With the help of this blog, please stay informed of all news pertaining to property damage and insurance claims if you own or rent a home or a business office. Keep safe and do contact me if you have any questions, suggestions or comments. You may also contact my co-workers at Zevuloni & Associates Public Adjusters who have been helping property owners with storm related claims since 2005 and are experts in the field.

Mon, September 10, 2012 | link          Comments

Tropical Storm Isaac & Hurricane Isaac - The Aftermath

Hurricane Isaac Help Public Adjusters

[Wed, September 05, 2012] As insurance claims from Tropical Storm Isaac and Hurricane Isaac have started to come in, EQECAT estimates Isaac’s insured damages in the U.S. as between $500 million and $1.5 billion. Other sources within the insurance industry assess the losses from Hurricane Isaac to over $2 billion.

Hurricane Isaac caused severe damage along the northern Gulf Coast of the United States in late August 2012. Isaac reached hurricane strength the morning of August 28.

At least 9 fatalities have been confirmed in the United States—5 in Louisiana and two each in Mississippi and Florida. Widespread wind, water and flood damage along the Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama coast, as well as severe flooding in South Florida has impacted many residential and commercial property owners.

According to InsuranceJournal, "State Farm Insurance Cos., the largest insurer in Louisiana and Mississippi, said it had received 4,266 homeowners’ insurance claims in the two states — 3,805 in Louisiana and 461 in Mississippi. The company had received 1,144 automobile claims — 998 in Louisiana and 146 in Mississippi. Allstate Corp., which is the second largest insurer in Louisiana and third largest in Mississippi, declined to release the number of claims it has received so far."

Most of the damage from Isaac was flood and water damage - caused by the heavy rains and storm surge which reached up to 9 feet in some areas of New Orleans.  What is the difference between flood and water damage? In general, wind-driven rain and water that comes into your home through the roof, windows, doors or holes in the walls is water damage and is covered by homeowners insurance. However, water damage from the bottom up -- such as the overflow of a body of water or damages caused by a storm surge (flood) – is most likely not covered – as you may need separate flood insurance coverage for that.

If you aren’t sure whether the damage is covered under your policy, contact your insurer or call a licensed Public Adjuster to assess the damage and review your policy.  

The expert team of Public Adjusters at Zevuloni & Associates are licensed in the states of FL, TX, GA, SC, NC, MD, CT, RI and ME and have vast storm experience with assisting policyholders through Katrina, Rita and Wilma. Stay safe, educated and prepared when it comes to storms and insurance claims.

Wed, September 5, 2012 | link          Comments

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