Theft Insurance Adjuster and Theft Insurance Claims

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Many people wonder if a theft insurance adjuster is right for them. What exactly is a theft insurance adjuster? Is it the same as an auto insurance adjuster? It is essential to understand the benefits you will get by working with an adjuster to complete your claim to ensure your final settlement is the amount you are owed and not the amount the insurance company simply hopes to pay.

Evaluating a Theft Insurance Claim

We will visit your home or business as insurance adjusters to evaluate your theft insurance claim. We will look at your policy and the details of your theft. The insurance company will then estimate how much money is needed to settle your claim in many cases. Once you agree on the amount of money, this is the amount the company will send you, often in a one-time payment, but possibly in two amounts: the initial “valuation” payment and a second payment to cover the difference once you replace the items. It is important to have this information available when the adjuster arrives.

Going to Court

If you decide to go to court, you must be prepared. You will need a list of all of the stolen items, as well as their values – both what you spent and the replacement costs. You should also have copies of any pictures of the items, serial numbers, identifying marks, and more. If you have receipts or invoices for anything stolen, make sure you keep these, too. As adjusters, we will be looking to establish the extent of the theft is.

When you are in court, be calm and polite. Do not become impatient or angry. Remember, you are there to settle the claim. Be prepared to show that you have proof that the theft occurred. 

Arbitration

If you cannot settle the claim with your insurance company but would rather avoid the courts if possible, you can choose to go to arbitration. Arbitration is where you can work out an agreement between you and your insurance company directly, without the courts involved. If you decide to go to arbitration, remember to carefully read over the agreement’s details before signing. This is especially important if the other party calls your insurance agent to dispute any part of your coverage. Arbitration is more expensive than filing a lawsuit, but it can save you lots of money in the long run and allows you to retain control over the final decisions regarding your property.

If you need legal advice, your best bet is to hire an attorney. An attorney can partner with the adjuster to get the attention of your insurance company at court, making them more willing to settle the claim.

Claim Denial

If your claim is denied, discuss your next step with your insurance company. If your provider is still unwilling to pay for your theft losses, you will need to take your claim to court. Remember to take pictures and make copies of any receipts you may have.

If you can’t settle the claim with your insurance company, contact a theft insurance adjuster. Theft insurance adjusters make hundreds of thousands of dollars a year working independently. They know precisely how to deal with insurance companies and can often settle your claims quickly and inexpensively.

When Theft or a Disaster Strikes

When theft or a disaster strikes, in the form of an accident, fire, flood, or any other unforeseen event, the owner sets about taking stock of the damage. If the damages are covered by insurance, they call the insurance company to make a claim. But more often than not, policyholders do not seem to have a clear idea of what the policy says. The insurance companies are also hesitant to take the claim at face value. So the company sends over their claim adjusters to evaluate the damage. The claims adjuster may choose to report that the damages are not substantial or not covered and that the claim is not valid or is not worth the amount that the claimant asked for. Public insurance adjusters are your saviors in such situations.

Public insurance adjusters are trained professionals hired by the claimant or the policyholder to uphold their interests. They evaluate the loss that has occurred, keeping the policyholder’s best interests in mind. They perform a thorough study and put forward a detailed claims settlement report to the insurance company. Public insurance adjusters work for policyholders and not the insurance company, therefore they have the best interests of the clients at heart and make sure that the claimants get their due from insurance companies.

Attention to Detail

Public adjusters take care of a lot of details regarding the claim. They study the policy in-depth to find out the specific losses that are covered; they extensively research the damages that have occurred and put a fair value on the financial loss that has resulted. After the detailed study, they make a claim on behalf of the client to the insurance company. Once the claim settlement is put forward, there will be negotiations between the public insurance adjusters who work for the client and the company’s own claims adjusters. This is followed by reconciliation, where both parties decide on a certain amount as compensation.

Hiring a public adjuster makes a lot of sense, especially in a time of high stress, such as after having things stolen from you after a break-in or robbery. As public adjusters, we are experienced in dealing with various situations. We understand the pain and emotions of the claimant in these stressful situations. As efficient public adjusters, we shield the client from the stress of the damage and the tedium of paperwork, as well as ruthless negotiations with the insurance company. Usually, adjusters are paid a percentage of the amount obtained in the negotiation process, so rest assured they have the client’s best interests in mind.

Typically, public adjusters like the team at Hope Public Adjusters are hired soon after theft or loss has occurred. If the claimant does not answer questions to satisfaction, this will negatively impact the settlement amount, and the asset owner will be at a loss. 

Hope Public Adjusters has the experience and resources you need. Call today to schedule an appointment to review your theft damage.

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