See the entire video at https://youtu.be/3xC2McFnSG8 Chapter19659002achte. Most policyholders do not have the capacity to investigate, evaluate and negotiate significant property insurance losses. While some losses, such as a small fire loss that requires only minor repairs, can be handled easily, others, which involve more complex damage and various potential causes of loss, are much more difficult to assess. Resolving them may require expertise to understand the scope of coverage provided by applicable property insurance, scientific or other specialized background to determine the cause of a specific loss, the ability to determine the cost of repairing or replacing the damaged property and calculating the amount of time loss ( business interruption).
In such cases, the policyholder may employ a public insurance adjuster (PA). PAs are licensed by almost every state and their contract forms must be approved by the state. All PAs believe that they are experts in adapting property loss. most are. They only represent policyholders when they fulfill the obligation to prepare, file and adjust insurance claims. PA should handle every detail of the claim and work closely with the policyholder and the insurer to get a quick and reasonable solution.
PAs usually charge a contingency fee, which they present to the insured as a fait accompli . But this fee is negotiable. The insured should try to lower it as much as possible. For a larger loss, more than one PA will arrive at the site seeking a contract. A fee specified by one can be reduced by applying for lower fees from the others. Prices can be negotiated from a low of 3% to a high of 40%, although the average fee is 1
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