Dealing with Your Insurance Company After a Disaster

Man suffering whiplash after a car accidentIf your property gets damaged or destroyed by fire, you will be looking into filing for an insurance claim. Sadly, not everyone is successful in their fire damage insurance claim. As fire becomes more rampant in certain locations, many insurance companies may find a way to grant you as little as possible in an attempt to cut back on expenses.

United States Adjusters suggests that you keep these things in mind when dealing with your insurance company:

List Everything Lost and File Your Claim Immediately

List everything you lost in the fire while you are still able to remember them. It will also be easier to prove that you’ve lost the items listed if the insurance adjuster can see it for himself, so don’t throw anything until your insurance claim is approved.

Furthermore, be sure to inform your insurance company of the type of loss you have suffered right away. In fact, there is a required allowable time to report the incident after it has happened. You will need to prepare your proof of loss claim, which should include everything you have lost with their corresponding value.

You will also need to include the following information in your claim:

  • The date the incident happened
  • Type of loss or damage
  • Location of damage
  • Injuries incurred from the incident
  • The current condition of your property
  • Detailed description of the damaged items
  • Indicate if temporary repairs are needed or not
  • A police or fire report

Request For an Advance

After filing for a fire insurance claim, you must request for an advance against your eventual claim. As you most likely didn’t have time to grab anything from your home, especially the basic necessities, you need money to buy important items, such as toiletries and clothes. But be reasonable when buying stuff because if you try to overspend, you will be paying the difference.

Keep an Eye on Your Living Expenses

You are entitled to living expenses reimbursement because of the “loss of use” clause in your policy. This, however, will only cover the difference between your daily living costs at home and your costs while displaced.

Be as thorough and organized when claiming insurance for fire damage. Keep track of all correspondence with the insurance company, including emails, calls, and letters, as you may need these to show who said what to whom and when it was said. This will save you from a lot of hardship in the long run.