Commercial Insurance Claims for Tornado or Other Windstorm Damage
If a tornado strikes and damages your commercial property, after everyone’s safe, your priority is to rebuild and to save your business. We are your public adjusters working as your advocates to assess damages, prepare your insurance claim, and negotiate with your insurance company to get you what you need to recover.
Tornado damage can be catastrophic or sometimes hidden and easily missed, and therefore compromising to your commercial property. Our expertise is in assessing such damage and negotiating a claim that will get your business what it needs to fully recover.
If your commercial property is damaged by a tornado, you may not be able to see the damage with the naked eye. This could be a cracked foundation or a loosened roof. How will you know if your property is safe? The first step is to engage a licensed engineer to determine if any structural deficiencies like these have occurred. If the damage is identified, our public adjusters can step in to help assess the full scope and prepare and manage your insurance claim.
Our team of public adjusters evaluates and documents your damage in full detail, and negotiates with your insurance company for a maximum claim recovery. As your trusted advocates, we make sure you obtain what you need to rebuild your property and business.
What To Focus On After Tornado or Other Windstorm Damage
Make sure you fully understand the meaning of each of the following before you move forward. Feel free to reach out to us for a no-cost discussion about your claim.
What is my agent/broker’s role? Will his/her role be active or passive? When faced with supporting your position or the insurance company’s, where will he/she stand?
The insurance company hired a construction estimator. What do I need to know?
Wind Damage vs. Storm Surge vs. Flood. What is covered?
Why is a claim strategy so important?
Am I impacted by coinsurance?
Forensic Deconstruction may be required in order to determine the possible structural damages caused by pressure vs. suction and differential pressure. (Wind flow on two opposite sides of any building components such as roofs, walls, structural members, etc., which could deform or dislodge materials).
Is there coinsurance in your policy? Properly managing coinsurance requirements can prevent financial disaster. Not properly managing coinsurance requirements can put you out of business! If there is, what does it mean? If there is, did your insurance adjuster explain it? How is coinsurance calculated: on replacement cost or actual cash value?
Is there a methodology to properly document the loss?
Is a moisture survey necessary? Why or why not?
When mold is an issue, be sure to hire professionals to record RH%, document the damage, and create a moisture map before removing ALL wet building materials.
Prompt inspection and documentation is key to a successful claim. It takes a trained professional to identify and document windstorm damage. Do you have the right expert lined up? You should not just rely on the insurance company’s experts.
The report from the roofing expert you choose can make all the difference in your recovery.
Repair vs. replacement of roofing can be a very challenging issue. Are you familiar with matching issues/rules? Are you familiar with patching issues/rules? What about warranties?
Wind driven rain vs. leakage. The difference can affect your recovery.
What happens following an extraordinary storm when drying equipment, generators, remediation labor, and other resources are unavailable for days? Weeks?
Life & Safety Issues
Mitigation of Damages
Establish A Preliminary Recovery Plan
Evaluation of Coverages
Valuation Of Damages, Claim Preparation, and Documentation
All insurance policies have their 'gray’ areas, and ours was no exception… I was particularly impressed with… your team’s ability to navigate through those areas and present them strategically… in the best light for your client. I really believe that our final claim resolution was significantly better than it would have been.
Donald C. Wood
President and Chief Executive Officer - Federal Realty Investment Trust
…Your firm was proactive, brought in exceptional expertise and consultants who were always informed and professional, and guided the insurance companies to a reasonable and fair settlement. …After negotiating through multiple layers of insurance, several insurance carriers, adjusters and accountants, we are most pleased with the final result of our claims…
Understanding your insurance policy before a disaster strikes is essential to protecting your organization and ensuring a fast recovery. Having contingency plans established in advance will help you ...