Within moments, a fire can engulf your property and interrupt your business indefinitely. As you concentrate on the safety of all occupants and how to stay in business, you will also need the time to prepare a thorough insurance claim covering your loss.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, business owners and organizations suffer $2.3 billion in commercial and industrial property losses each year.
Are you a business owner who’s commercial property just suffered fire loss? Not sure how to file a fire insurance claim? Looking for expert fire insurance claim help?
Fire damage claims are especially complex for the different types of damage they cause, all of which have to be properly 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’s your responsibility to minimize the damage while you focus on keeping your business running. Do you also have the time and knowledge to properly handle your fire damage claim?
Your insurance company may present an offer they think is sufficient based on their own damage assessment. Our public adjusters work only for your interests to evaluate, document, and prove the full scope of loss and negotiate your claim for the maximum amount. We’ve helped countless business owners throughout Texas, Puerto Rico, and Oklahoma from our offices in Houston, TX, San Juan, PR, and Oklahoma City, OK. Allow our fire claims adjusters to help your business recover a maximized fire insurance claim.
Make sure you fully understand the meaning of each of the following before you move forward. Feel free to reach out to us for a no-cost discussion about your claim.
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?
How Our Public Adjusters Help You
EvaluateFully reviewing your insurance coverage.
StrategyDeveloping a claim management strategy.
ComplianceDetermining policy compliance issues.
ValuationsCompleting detailed valuations of building, equipment and inventory losses.
InterruptionFormulating business interruption models.
ItemizationPresenting and supporting an itemized claim package to your insurer.
NegotiationNegotiating on your behalf with your insurance company.
CommunicationKeeping you informed every step of the way.
SettlementUltimately settling the claim for the maximum amount and with less hassle for you.
This was a major loss for our company. I would recommend you to anyone. Without your advice and help I do not believe we would have been able to recoup our losses as well as we did or in as timely of a manner. I am very pleased with how you handled every aspect of our claim.
President - Snowhite Laundry and Cleaners, Inc., Midland, TX
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