Commercial Insurance Claims for Fire Damage
Fire claims are especially complex for the different types of damage they cause, all of which have to be documented and proven to your insurance company. For example, fire can create serious damage from smoke, burning residue, and corrosive substances released in the flames. There can also be substantial water damage from the effort to extinguish the blaze. In the aftermath, your property and valuables may be exposed to the elements and become more damaged if not addressed immediately. As the policyholder, it is your responsibility to minimize the damage while you focus on keeping your business running. Do you also have the time to handle your insurance claim?
Your insurance company may present an offer they think is sufficient based on their own damage assessment by their own fire insurance adjuster. Shouldn’t you also have a professional on your side whose interests are parallel with yours? Our public adjusters work only for you to evaluate, document, and prove the full scope of loss and negotiate your claim for the maximum amount. We help business owners maximize their fire claim and get back to business sooner throughout California, including San Francisco, Oakland, Sacramento, Pleasanton, San Jose, Santa Clara, Fresno, Bakersfield, Santa Barabara, Los Angeles, Long Beach, Orange County, and San Diego — as well as in and around Phoenix, Arizona, and Las Vegas, Nevada. Allow us to be your partner in recovery, our public adjusters are ready to be by your side for the full recovery process.
What To Focus On After Fire Damage
What is my agent/broker’s role?
The insurance company hired a construction estimator. What do I need to know?
Why is a claim strategy so important?
Am I impacted by coinsurance?
Can smoke damage be removed/neutralized?
How can you identify/document items that are totally destroyed?
Your insurance company pays less if you clean/restore as much of your equipment and improvements as possible. Is that a good idea?
How do the smoke and the water used to fight the fire affect your machinery? Your computers, equipment, and other electronics?
If water used in suppressing the fire causes mold and fungus, is the ensuing damage covered?
Asbestos, lead, and other hazardous materials can have a major impact on your claim. Are you aware of how to properly address these in order to prepare your claim and to avoid future liability issues? Hazardous materials such as asbestos and lead can be expensive to address. You want to make sure to not cut corners when addressing this issue. You want to make sure to not cut corners when addressing this issue.
Code Upgrade coverage is very important when rebuilding after a fire. How does your insurance policy address code coverage? Also, what about any Green building upgrades? Checking the correct building codes before you prepare your claim is critical.
What happens when the insurance company engages a forensic accountant? What is his/her role? Why can’t your accountant just prepare your claim? You will have to produce your financial statements and possibly your tax return. You may need to recast your financial statements? If so, why? What are extra expenses? What can be included?
What are expediting expenses? How do they differ from extra expenses?
How much of my time will this take?
What is pressurized smoke?
Property Damage Losses Commercial Claims Recovery Process
How Our Team Helps You
- Evaluate Fully reviewing your insurance coverage.
- Strategy Developing a claim management strategy.
- Compliance Determining policy compliance issues.
- Valuations Completing detailed valuations of building, equipment and inventory losses.
- Interruption Formulating business interruption models.
- Itemization Presenting and supporting an itemized claim package to your insurer.
- Negotiation Negotiating on your behalf with your insurance company.
- Communication Keeping you informed every step of the way.
- Settlement Ultimately settling the claim for the maximum amount and with less hassle for you.
Industries We Have Helped
...When the mill was destroyed by fire, a consultant to the milling industry and a person we had trust in, recommended we meet with you. He spoke of past positive experiences and suggested that we not go it alone. His advice turned out to be right…You carefully and successfully argued that our buildings, because of the ways in which they were connected, should be considered as “one”, thereby reducing any penalties we would incur. You controlled the scope on the equipment and, as such, clearly were able to negotiate the best outcome on our behalf. You successfully argued for increased costs of construction, and were able to collect them in our behalf, due to codes, in spite of our insurer’s attempts to deny us any payments under this policy extension. And lastly, you made sure that we collected for every single coverage that our policy afforded under our business interruption and extra expense coverage’s….In conclusion, it’s very clear that with you on our team, we collected millions more in payments than we would have without you. You allowed us the valuable time and resources for us to focus on redesign and reconstruction, allowing us to reopen our doors and again become the largest employer in Weaverville. Due to your efforts, a community was saved. You followed through on everything you promised.
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Video06.29.2018Understanding what a public adjuster can do for a client is hard. In the case of the Trinity River Saw Mill in Weaverville,Ca, The Schmidbauer Company decided a public adjuster was exactly what they needed. A huge disaster that could of effected thousands of jobs for a small community was carefully managed by a few professional loss consultants. A difficult feat with an even bigger positive return.