Condominium Association Sues Carrier for Damages Sustained During Hurricane Joaquin

Riggings Homeowners, Inc. (“Riggings”), has filed suit against Hartford Insurance Company of the Midwest (“Hartford”) for damages sustained to Building 1 of the condominium association during Hurricane Joaquin. In a 10-count complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina,1 Riggings alleges that Hartford “has a pattern and practice of wrongfully denying larger, legitimate flood insurance claims.” Continue Reading

Claims Handling Requirements by State – Oklahoma

I recently received a request to write about the claims handling guidelines in Oklahoma. Again, I plan to go through all 50 states, but if you have a burning desire to see your state sooner rather than later, speak up! In Oklahoma, the handling of insurance claims is governed by both statute and the administrative code. Continue Reading

New York Choice of Law

Insurance policies are complicated enough without getting into what law from what state will apply. Some policies have a special “choice of law” or “governing law” provision that allows the parties to agree that a particular state’s laws will be used to interpret the agreement even if the insured lives in a different state. Continue Reading

FEMA Grants Extension to File Proof of Loss for Claims Related to the 2016 Mid-Summer Storms

On February 3rd FEMA Assistant Administrator David Maurstad issued WYO Bulletin W-17002, granting an additional 90-day extension for Louisiana policyholders to submit a complete, signed, and sworn proof of loss for their flood claims caused by the mid-summer storms commencing on August 9, through August 31, 2016. Continue Reading

Contents Adjustment is Tedious Hard Work

Enservio’s director of training, Scott Petlewski, wrote an article Establishing Value on Contents Claims: 3 Bad Habits to Break, which demonstrates that proper contents adjustment is hard work. It can be time consuming, expensive from a labor standpoint, and fraught with error. Continue Reading

Business Income and Extra Expense – Understanding the Differences

In addition to covering property damage, most first-party commercial insurance policies offer business interruption coverage. Business interruption coverage typically has two different built in coverages: business income and extra expense. Both are intended to assist businesses in the event a covered peril damages business property and impacts business operations. Continue Reading

Claims Handling Requirements by State – Arkansas

I recently received a request to write about the claims handling guidelines in Arkansas. As always, I am happy to help. The Arkansas Insurance Rules and Regulations state that the “purpose of this rule is to define certain minimum standards which, if violated with such frequency as to indicate a general business practice, will be deemed to constitute unfair claims settlement practices.” Ark. Ins. Rule & Reg. 43 § 1. Continue Reading