Fires are one of the most catastrophic events to affect your home. Besides causing some, or all, of your structure to go up in flames, they create an overwhelming amount of smoke, heat, and soot, which can lead to severe injury or even death. Even the water used to put out the fire can significantly damage your property. Lastly, the air conditioning and electrical systems will most likely be impacted and need to be replaced entirely if your building catches on fire.
As you can see, experiencing loss from a fire can be devastating, but navigating the insurance claims process can be highly stressful and confusing. That’s why having an expert like a fire damage claims adjuster in your corner is essential.
If you don’t have an experienced public adjuster like Pinnacle Claim Services by your side, you may be unable to recover the total benefits you need to repair your home and get your life back to normal. With your Palm Beach Gardens public adjuster’s help, you can receive answers to the top questions you’ll have while we guide you through every step of the fire damage claims process.
We provide free damage inspections, free policy reviews, and free claims evaluations. To learn more about how exactly Pinnacle Claim Services can help you, call us at (561) 621-2326 or contact us online.
Your fire damage claims adjuster is there to help you in the event of a fire, but you still need to remember some necessary steps when filing an insurance claim:
By following these steps, you can have a much smoother, more efficient claims process and increase your chances of receiving a larger settlement.
If you own property in Florida, chances are you’ve asked this question before. After all, nobody wants to lose their property and end up in a dire financial situation.
Here is an overview of insurance options in the state of Florida, particularly: homeowners, renters insurance, and landlord insurance, and whether they cover fire damage.
Yes, homeowners insurance usually covers fire damage to your home and belongings. If you experience loss from fire, you can expect your policy to help pay for the repair or replacement of your lost or damaged property.
Few assets are more valuable than a house, and homeowners insurance is designed to protect you and your house in case an unfortunate situation, such as a fire, occurs. According to the National Fire Protection Association, there are about 346,800 residential fires every year. Many result in significant or total destruction of the home.
You should always be prepared, including understanding your homeowner’s insurance policy details and knowing how much protection your policy may provide.
It’s important to note that your homeowner’s insurance policy may not cover every type of fire damage. For example, if you start a fire at your home by doing something negligent, your policy may not pay for the damage. You need to read your policy in depth and contact your insurance provider to learn what risks your insurance coverage excludes.
Renters insurance does cover fire damage, but unlike homeowners insurance, it doesn’t cover the physical structure of the building, just your belongings. So, if a fire damages your walls, cabinets, and countertops, you shouldn’t expect your renter’s insurance to cover it. Your landlord is responsible for insuring the unit with a commercial property insurance policy.
But that doesn’t mean you’re completely clear of any responsibility. If you cause a fire, even through negligence, your landlord might turn to you and seek compensation for the damages. In this situation, you might be able to file a personal liability claim through your renters’ insurance.
In case you’re wondering, liability insurance covers property damage and bodily injury you cause to someone else. Suppose you unintentionally but negligently start a fire that damages the rental property or injures another individual. In that case, your renter’s insurance policy might be able to help cover the repairs and legal fees.
Just like homeowners insurance, renters insurance may not cover intentional fire damage. Otherwise, it’s not likely your policy will pay for any of the damage.
It depends. While landlord insurance may cover certain types of unintentional damage caused by tenants, such as accidental fires, it may not cover intentional damages, such as vandalism of the interior or stolen property. It also won’t cover damage from everyday wear and tear.
That’s why landlords require a security deposit. And although Florida doesn’t require renters insurance, some landlords have this requirement for their tenants. That way, if the tenant is personally responsible for damages, the policy will cover the repairs.
So, whether fire damage is covered by renters insurance or landlord insurance depends on many factors, including whether the damage was intentional or not.
Several types of insurance can protect businesses against fire damage, including commercial property insurance, general liability insurance, and business owner’s property.
Insurance premiums can be extremely pricey. And you might pay even more if your property gets damaged in a fire or other unforeseen event and your insurance company doesn’t fairly compensate you for your fire damage claim.
Fortunately, Pinnacle Claim Services is here to help you. While you may have only completed a few insurance claims in your lifetime — or none — our certified Palm Beach Gardens public adjusters have completed hundreds and possibly thousands.
Experiencing property loss from a fire can be stressful, but you can rest assured that our experienced public adjusters are strongly committed to improving your wellbeing and will fight to help get you the money you deserve.
You can benefit from our services at no upfront cost and take advantage of the following services at no charge:
To get a free consultation and review, call us at (561) 621-2326 or fill out our contact form. One of our Palm Beach Gardens public adjusters will speak with you and help you explore your options.
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When disaster strikes, it can be difficult knowing where to turn or who to ask for help. Pinnacle Claim Services’ professional team of public insurance adjusters and support experts are here to assist you throughout every step of your damage claim from emergency services and mitigation through final settlement.
Some of the most common issues people experience with insurance companies after property damage has occurred and a claim has been initiated include: unreasonable delay on the part of the insurance company, inadequate training of the insurance company’s adjusters and adjusters that are “so busy” that your claim gets zero attention and does not progress towards resolution. Additionally, you may not have the appropriate policy with the right type of coverage or limits.
There is no set time period for settling a property damage claim with an insurance company and each claim is different. You could receive a check in a few days or it could be a few weeks. Also, it may take multiple rounds of negotiations and payments for you to be adequately and justly compensated for your claim.
Absolutely not. Some companies do possess better reputations than others and there are some who consistently delay the process unnecessarily. It’s important that you comply with your “duties after the loss” (duty to mitigate etc.) Call us, we can help!
Pinnacle Claim Services will request a copy of your policy, file the proper paperwork for you, put together a comprehensive estimate of damages and negotiate a fair settlement Do not become emotionally burdened. Do not be denied money for repairs you deserve. Rely on Pinnacle Claim Services to work on your behalf, keeping you informed throughout every step of the process to get every penny you deserve from the insurance companies.
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