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?

Hiring a public adjuster can be such a wise idea. Those not well versed in the ways and language of insurance companies can be at a disadvantage. It is probably better to hire a public adjuster at the beginning of the process, but they can be hired by home or business owners at any stage. When there is an especially large claim pending, it becomes even more important to consider their services. It is always beneficial to get a second opinion, and most public adjusters will come to the site of the loss without charge. Submitting a precisely documented and accurate claim is crucial, and public adjusters understand how to accomplish this. They may think of something to claim that you had not thought of including. If you are unhappy with the communication you are experiencing with your insurance company, then using a public adjuster is a solid plan. There are so many ins and outs and grey areas in insurance policies, and you need an advocate.

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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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