What To Look For In A Good Public Adjuster & What Is A Public Adjuster

While there are claims of what public adjusters can do for you, today we will also mention a bit about what they can’t do.   Public Adjusters can speed up claims processing and coordinate crucial services related to property restoration.  However, they cannot wave a wand and instantly solve all your problems immediately.  Certain aspects related to your claim may take more time than maybe Sara Jo’s claim, depending on the type of claim.  A public adjuster will save you valuable time and the chances of a claim filed by an adjuster as opposed to an individual tend to be much higher.  At the same time, there is no honest guarantee that the claim will be approved.  There are several elements of criteria that are used as assessment in your claim.  Because these factors vary from one spectrum to the other, processing time will also.  Victims of property damage  can get easily bombarded with the stress of trying to recover and reclaim balance after building damage,  fire damage, water damage, roof damage, or any other types of damage that befalls property owners such as vandalism.  That is where a public adjuster would help.  A good public adjuster can be a blessing in disguise or just another headache to the list.  The first thing you will want to do is make sure that he or she is licensed.  Licenses differ from state to state. You will want to make sure that the public adjuster is licensed for your state.  Adjusters can practice across multiple states but they will need a license for each state to do so.  Make sure your personal public adjuster is licensed and up to speed on the adjusting laws in your state.
It is important for public adjusters to not only be licensed but they should also have a level of computer competency.  He or she does not have to be a tech wiz but they should know their way around basic programs such as MS Word and how to do a simple search online.  In the world of technology there is information and transactions online that happen between insurance carriers.  Having  basic computer knowledge will go far in this regard.

Go with your instincts.  If your insurance adjuster seems that he/she can’t explain the process to you, is too pushy to get you to sign with him, or you feel unsure, you are probably are right.  Keep looking.  Public adjusters are business owner and property owner advocates.  You want someone sensitive to your issues and needs.  You also want someone who will efficiently handle your claims and work fast to get you what you need.

Important questions to ask:

  • What is the first step once we sign with you?
  • What type of delays should I expect?
  • How quickly will my claim be filed?
  • What is the average time frame to expect a settlement (nothing is in stone as each case is different, but if you know your adjuster has an idea, this can be helpful)
  • Who will be my point of contact for updates, etc. Is it you?
  • How soon (or often) will someone follow up with me?
  • Will I be kept abreast of changes in my case? If so, how? US Postal Mail, Email, phone?

A public adjuster should have keen information related to insurance claims help request such as what will be the estimate cost required to recover from physical damage, cost to build up a new roof, or any to the property for which a claim is being made. A public  adjuster’s job is to become the bridge between the insurance holder and the insurance firm. A public adjuster acts  on your behalf to carry out work from start to  finish until you, the owner, gets the appropriate claim amount. Many states keep regular test to renew the license so that the adjuster is equipped to handle the entire situation coming in the insurance industry.

Public adjusters can really make their value felt by the time the owner is saved as well as the insight that only adjusters have in dealing with insurance companies.   If you have sustained damage to your office building, are a victim of vandalism, or your home property has been devastated, things like relocation, and property restoration are things that can be overwhelming to set up.  Not to mention, you will still have to worry about your insurance carrier of whom I assure will try to undervalue your damage to their benefit.

If you have sustained damage to your building or residential property, call 310-890-8224. You can also contact us on the form to the right of this page.

We at Priority Adjusters will make your claim our “top” Priority.

Fire Damage Insurance Help

Most property owners are not familiar with the complexities of insurance policies and the legal and technical aspects of a fire damage insurance claim.

After Fire Damage… Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Will my insurance pay for temporary housing or business relocation?
  2. Should I sign a contract with a repair contractor right away?
  3. How can I get my personal property damage – beyond the structure damage – claim paid fairly?
  4. What notices must I give?
  5. What constitutes  “Proof of Loss” and what are my contractual “Duties after a Loss”?
  6. What is Actual Cash Value (“ACV”) versus Replacement Cost Value (“RCV”)?
  7. Do I have Extended Coverage, Business Loss Coverage and Consequential Loss Coverage?
  8. Do I have mold coverage and how do I test and remediate?
  9. Will my policy cover restorations that meet new building codes?
  10. What does it mean to mitigate my damages?
  11. What are my duties under the policy?
  12. Will I be covered should theft or vandalism occur following the fire?
  13. Will my vehicles be covered if damaged or destroyed by the fire?

14.  How do I assess if my insurance company is cheating me, underpaying or wrongfully denying parts of  my claim?

These are important questions that usually come up  after a covered Fire Loss. The important answer to all of these questions is “You don’t have to know – we do”!

Priority Adjusters, California’s premier Public Adjuster, is ready to help.

When you experience any physical damage to your home, or other insurance related damages, make us your first line of defense.

What Insurance Adjusters Don’t Want You To Know

If you think the insurance company’s adjuster is your umbrella on that rainy day of property damage, think again.  If you know anyone who has had to deal with their  insurance company or have ever noticed on the news some of the outrageous way policy holders get railroaded then you are not doubt familiar with the need to get an independent advocate on your side.  However, if not, please read on….

Roofing damage, flooding, fire damage, and electrical fires to name a few, are all things that can take years off your life in stress especially if this happens to the home you live in.  One can only imagine the height of emotion and how easily one can be overwhelmed when substantial loss is involved.   Many people who have suffered property damage of some sort where a claims filing is necessary quickly realize that their insurance company is not really their best friend in this part of the process.  Unfortunately, many realize the contrary far too late  -once they are already in the process of obtaining recovery for damages.  Policyholders often say they feel that they are  at the mercy of their insurance adjuster’s opinion.  This can be especially worrisome since he will be the one handling calculations of the damage value(s).   Policy holders often get the short end of the stick because the fact is the adjuster is employed by and represents the company he works for,  NOT you.

You DO have options!  If you are not happy with a small settlement and you feel it does not adequately cover your loss you have at least three choices.  1) You can hire a public adjuster who will fight for your claim damages.  2) You can hire an appraiser to help validate your claim for damages or 3) You can go the more expensive route and hire an attorney.

The best option for one in this situation is to hire a public adjuster.  A public adjuster can help you with getting the settlement you deserve.  Many times insurance companies will treat a claim much more serious when they know an experienced public adjuster with knowledge is involved.  There are many terms and procedures that in itself can overwhelm a policy holder trying to file a claim on their own.  Why delay struggling to  learn the industry just to handle your claim when you can hire a public adjuster who can start on your claim right away.  A public adjuster fights to get you what your valuables are truly worth.  They fight to get you top dollar.  A public adjuster will come out help document and assess damages if involved in early stages and can assist in the coordination of restoration and other repair services that need to be made to your commercial or residential property.

The earlier you get a public adjuster involved, the faster your claim can be processed by knowledgeable hands, and the better the result of the settlement overall.  Priority Adjusters does just this and will help you through the process every step of the way.

Filing A Property Damage Claim

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Do you have property damageBusiness property damage, commercial property damage, industrial property damage, and even home property damage is something no one or corporation is ever totally exempt from.  Natural disasters happen. Things eventually wear out and break down over time.  Vandalism and theft happens.  This is one of the many reasons property owners and homeowners purchase insurance.

If your home, business or industrial property has been affected by property damage or especially  water damage, many try to sort through all of the confusion themselves often settling for less without knowing there is someone to help.  If you have found yourself in a situation where you have sustained damage to your property, a Public Adjuster is the first person you need to speak with.  Why?

First, let’s go over some of what is involved when damages occur.  You will need to contact an emergency contractor.  Before the contractor arrives you will need to take lots of pictures and give an extensive account of all details you observe from the damage, so write everything down!

You will need to go back over your insurance policy to ascertain what is and is not covered.  Some types of property damage is not covered by all insurance so you will need to make sure of which policy covers the specific damages you have sustained, and proceed according to the proper contact(s).  It is not uncommon for some types of insurance to require a rider.

Next you will have to make many phone calls and in many cases wait on hold for an extended amount of time, deal with voicemails, no call backs, and run arounds to name a few.  Also, be expected to receive low-ball offers from the insurance company once the claim is filed and processed.  Be wary of these.  Many will offer you a partial check that states in legal terms that by expecting the low payment that you are agreeing to payment in full by cashing that check, so be careful!  However, there is no need become any more frazzled then you may already be from the damage.  A Public Adjuster will not only file your claim, get processing underway, but also assist in coordinating any contractors that need to be involved as well as other aspects of your case.  This is our specialty. We will advise you on all aspects of your damages and claim. We work hard to not only get you a quick payment, but on average it is much higher than anything the policyholder would receive on their own.

Here at Priority Adjusters, we have the experience and education in dealing with insurance so there are no missteps.  We are  highly trained  as to how to report claims so that it gets open and filed right away.  A Public Adjuster does not get paid until you do, so there is no reason not to give us a call.  For more info you may contact us here.