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Ask an Allstate Insurance Agent

As I was walking to catch a train here in Chicago the other day, I saw numerous billboard advertisements throughout the station for Allstate insurance. Each advertisement posed an insurance question and told the reader to ask an Allstate insurance agent, thus suggesting the agent would know the answer.… Continue Reading

FEMA Backtracks, Advises That Partial Federal Government Shutdown Will Not Disrupt Flood Insurance Program

In my last two posts I wrote about the threatened expiration of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and stop-gap legislation that averted the lapse. NFIP’s authorization to operate is now extended to May 31, 2019. Despite the reauthorization legislation, FEMA announced it would halt NFIP’s authority to issue new and renewal flood policies until … Continue Reading

In Florida, There Are Penalties For An Insurance Company That Does Not Timely Issue Payment After A Settlement

An overwhelming number of claims are settled on a mutual understanding with respect to the covered loss and the amount necessary to indemnify the policyholder. The question is then: What can a policyholder do if the insurance company is taking an unreasonable amount of time to tender settlement payment. Florida law remains focused on strong … Continue Reading

Statutory Interest Series: Colorado

In two recent blog posts, I discussed Florida statutory interest which imposes a statutory duty on insurance carriers to pay interest on delayed payment of insurance proceeds.1 If you missed either blog post, then you find them here: I Reported My Claim Eight Months Ago! Am I Entitled to Interest Upon Resolution? Florida Statutory Interest: … Continue Reading

‘Tis The Season—Do You Need Special Event Insurance?

Plans for the holiday season and especially for the big blowout bash of January 1st are, no doubt, well underway with arrangements having been made for the location, caterer, band, and invitations, but has any thought been given to the purchase of special event insurance? Probably not. Insurance is usually an afterthought if any thought … Continue Reading

Are In-Laws “Relatives” for Coverage Purposes?

The holiday season is often a time to gather with family and friends. Sometimes, people consider their in-laws and even their ex-in-laws to be family and relatives worthy to be visited during the holidays, particularly if there are children involved. But does this analysis carry over for insurance coverage?… Continue Reading

NFIP’S Horseshoe Option

When a National Flood Insurance Program (“NFIP”) insured is not satisfied with the payment for flood-related losses, the NFIP insured is directed to three options:1 The NFIP insured may file an appeal with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (“FEMA”) within 60 days of the NFIP insurer’s written denial or partial denial of the requested claim … Continue Reading

North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Requires More Thorough Investigation of Hidden Water Damage and Hurricane Florence Claims

The North Carolina Insurance Commissioner, Mike Causey, gets an A+ grade for his recent bulletin requiring greater investigation of otherwise hidden areas behind walls to ensure losses are being adjusted properly. This bulletin will certainly help victims of Hurricane Florence with hurricane claims.… Continue Reading

Should Insurance Agents Get Sued for Selling Insurance Which Requires Arbitration in a Far Away Location and Deprives Their Customers of Consumer Protection Laws?

Why would any insurance agent sell a customer an insurance policy that allows the insurance company to low-ball, delay payment, and otherwise not pay, and then force the insurance customer to obtain justice through an arbitration in a far-away jurisdiction applying foreign law? That is exactly what many commercial policyholders are being sold in Texas … Continue Reading

Move Out and Lose Coverage—Common Property Insurance Minefields Caused By Changes of Residency

Insurance agents, divorce attorneys, elder law attorneys, wills, trusts and estate attorneys, and real estate attorneys need to read this post. They also need to read “Where You Reside” – The “Where’s Waldo®?” Catastrophic Homeowners Policy ‘Exclusion’ That Could Bankrupt Your Insureds, by insurance coverage expert Bill Wilson. Wilson’s article shows how often coverage can … Continue Reading

Hurricane Michael Claims Data Update

The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation recently released updated data from Hurricane Michael.1 A review of the available data shows the damage for the Florida panhandle. While we all know that Michael did substantial damage in the Florida panhandle the numbers have continued to grow. Over one hundred and twenty-five thousand hurricane claims have been … Continue Reading

Public Adjusters Beware That Non-Compliance with Federal Regulation “Signed and Sworn” Proof of Loss Requirement Will Preclude Recovery of Damages

In a recent case,1 a federal court dismissed a flood claim following a nor’easter storm because the insureds’ proof of loss under the National Flood Insurance Act failed to satisfy the Standard Flood Insurance Policy’s (“SFIP”) “signed and sworn” requirement.2 In that case, the insureds submitted two claims to recover damages from the storm to … Continue Reading
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