In the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, it is imperative that Fort Myers property owners be knowledgeable about the hurricane damage claims process.
As Fort Myers public adjusters, we’ve heard many different reports from homeowners about their experience following the storm. We’ve gotten numerous reports from people stating that someone came to their door with a clipboard using solid tactics to encourage people to sign a form. Be wary of people canvassing the neighborhood and knocking on your doors. Do not sign anything from anyone coming to your door unsolicited.
The forms they ask you to sign are often AOB (assignment of benefits). Contractors may also refer to them as “work authorization forms.” By signing this type of form, you sign the rights, benefits, and also the insurance claim check over to a third party.
If you encounter a solicitor promising to handle your Fort Myers hurricane damage claims:
- Refrain from getting pressured into signing any contracts on the spot. Reliable companies will respect your need to take time to review and consider your course of action.
- Take a photo of the form.
- Gather the name and company information from the person – including the business license name and insurance license number.
- Check the company with the BBB, the Chamber of Commerce, and the NAPR (National Association of Public Insurance Adjusters).
- Contact our Fort Myers public adjusters office to ask questions about the process at no cost or obligation to you.
It is critical to know what you’re signing before signing anything. Consult with an attorney or a public adjuster if you are feeling unsure. With so much misinformation going around in the community, it’s essential that you educate yourself.
Even well-meaning people trying to help can pose a potential risk.
We’re not suggesting that anyone or everyone is “out to get you.” The camaraderie and community emerging in the wake of Hurricane Ian as neighbors come together to rebuild is inspiring. Tradesmen and small companies with a genuine interest in providing services may have their hearts and intent in the right place.
However, they may not be aware of all of the intricate details about settling hurricane damage claims the way that a Fort Myers public adjuster does. Roof damage claims, flood damage claims, water damage claims, mold damage claims – all parts of a hurricane damage claim processes are nuanced.
Exceptional cases division for Fort Myers Hurricane Damage Claim Victims
If you’re confused about the hurricane damage claim process, that’s understandable. Our experts at Fraser Property and Adjusting are here to help. We’ve set up a special division to provide information, answer questions, and assist you in navigating the hurricane insurance claims process. Call us today at 305-614-2851 to ask questions at no cost or obligation to you.
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