Public Adjusters

What Do Public Adjusters In Do For You?

Public Adjusters are, first and foremost, working for you to represent your interests in insurance claims. Their responsibility is to manage, advise, and file your claim. They can become an invaluable part of your process in filing a claim. They will come to your home and thoroughly evaluate and document the loss. They understand the specific jargon used by insurance companies and can explain what you are entitled to claim. Their evaluation of possible related losses are especially important for business owners. Public adjusters will determine accurate replacement costs and draw up specific details that will get the largest settlement possible As they generally work on a percentage basis, it is to their - and your benefit to be as accurate as possible. They will file the claim for you - even reopening a claim if necessary. They can field all the questions that the insurance company has related to the loss. Public adjusters can file supplemental claims as well. If the client decides to seek litigation to satisfy the claim, they can serve as expert witnesses for you.  

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Is Hiring A Public Adjuster In A Good Idea?

There are so many intricacies in working with your insurance policy and insurance companies. The technical language and documentation requirements can be overwhelming to those not versed in that field. Your public adjuster will be your mentor and provide the expertise that you need for the best outcome. They really should be involved from the very start, but at any point, hiring a public adjuster can beneficial. The larger the loss, the more valuable the public adjuster can be to the final settlement. They will include absolutely everything they can and may consist of ancillary items that you would not think possible. Claims must be submitted using precise and accurate data and documentation, for the public adjuster, it is routine. When disputes or followup information is needed, that will be handled by them as well.

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Are Public Insurance Adjusting Companies in Regulated?

While most states require public adjusters to be licensed, not all states have that stipulation. To operate in those states without a license is illegal. Further, a public adjuster must have a current license in the state in which they work. Some states are more stringent in their licensing requirements than others and may involve continuing education. Though not required, the more successful public adjusters have worked for insurance companies and have a bachelor degree. Some organizations offer certification for public adjusters as well. For example, the National Association of Insurance Adjusters offers certification with additional certification as a senior public adjuster possible after ten years of experience and passing a rigorous exam. 

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