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Condominium Insurance Coverage in Naples

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Mar 022017
 

Condominium Insurance Coverage in Naples
According to a Naples public adjuster, there are often many questions when damage occurs in a condominium unit as to who is accountable to pay for the repairs. Often there is mystification over which insurance policy should pay for the damages. Damage caused by plumbing leaks or water intrusion may damage multiple units on different floors, as well as common areas owned and maintained by the Condominium Association. In addition, claims involving water leaking through windows or balconies are denied by one’s insurance company because coverage for exterior windows and doors are the responsibility of the Condominium Association and are, therefore, excluded from your unit owner coverage. There can also be plumbing losses derived from another unit creating water damage to your unit or common elements.

So, which policy should cover the damages? The Condominium Association’s policy, your unit owner’s policy, or the policy that covers a different unit if the cause originated in another unit in the building?

Frequently in these circumstances, there is a lot of finger pointing between condominium unit owners and their insurers and the Condominium Association and their insurer. The policies are often vague as to what is covered as part of the “unit” and what is covered as part of the “common elements.” Insurance carriers will endeavor to pass the liability onto each other.
When the insurance carriers start steering responsibility to the other, a public adjuster may be required to examine the insurance policies involved, as well as the Declaration of Condominium and the Bylaws to resolve which insurance company should be responsible to pay for the policyholder to fully recover from the damages.
Typically the unit owner’s policy (HO-06) includes the following statement regarding the scope of coverage:
We cover the portions of the building “which are your insurance responsibility under a corporation or association of property owner’s agreement” or declaration of condominium.
Each and every Declarations of Condominium and the Bylaws in Florida are free to define the terms “unit” and “common elements” in different ways. Thus, each claim made under a unit owner’s policy has the potential to cover different items within the unit. In contrary, any claim brought under the Condominium Association’s policy may cover different items under common areas. All depends on who has the “insuring responsibility” for the damaged item under the policy and under the Declaration of Condominium and Bylaws.
In 2008, Florida Statutes were amended in effort to deal with this confusion. However, today, unit owners and Associations are more confused than ever before. In 2008, Florida Statute §718.111.11 was amended to include requirements for what should be covered under the Association’s building policy and what should be covered under the unit owner’s policy. However, numerous discrepancies and unanswered questions remain.

Our solid advice to condominium owners suffering any type of loss: Contact a public adjuster as soon as you discover your loss to help you through the insurance maze.
D’Orsa and Associates, LLC public adjuster will sort out which insurer is responsible for specific damages as a result of the cause of loss.
We are here to help you. Free Consultation. No Recovery, No Fee! (877) 742-3587

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Reference is made to Florida Statute 718

Preferred Vendor Endorsements

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Sep 232016
 

Preferred Vendor Endorsements

Preferred Vendor endorsements concern an insurance company compelling a policyholder (homeowner or business owner) to utilize a particular Vendor to complete repairs on any damage the property sustains due to a covered peril such as hurricane or storm damages, abrupt and accidental burst plumbing pipes, smoke or fire damage, burglary, etc. or comparable covered perils. In numerous claims, policyholders have discovered that the insurance provider will only pay to cover the costs if the policyholder consents to assign the insurance provider’s specific Vendor. There are variations of the Preferred Vendor Endorsements depending on the policy. A number of insurers reserve the right or possibly will opt to have their preferred vendor complete the repairs; others may opt to merely pay out what the preferred Vendor decides is the cost to repair. A Preferred Vendor Endorsement clause is habitually concealed in the fine print of many homeowners’ insurance policies. Misleading terms the insurance companies may utilize include Concierge Program, Select Contractor, Managed Repair Program, etc. The insurance providers highlight the use of a Preferred Vendor will save a homeowner on the cost of the yearly premiums. The troubles occur when the Preferred Vendor does not scope the repairs sufficiently, does not complete the repairs appropriately, never shows up to do the job, or creates even further damage. Warning to consumers: Don’t be a penny smart, pound foolish.

Concealed Clauses in a Homeowners’ Insurance Policy

When repairs go wrong with a Preferred Vendor, in many claims the insurance company will refuse to pay for the hiring of a different Vendor. The homeowner is left accountable for this cost out of pocket, breeding even more existing financial hardship. Preferred Vendors can also be referred to as “blanket” or “automatic” Vendors in the fine print of a homeowners’ insurance policy, but the terms represent the same thing. In claims of considerable damage to property by no error of the homeowner, an insurance company will frequently send out the preferred Vendor without first advising or asking permission from the homeowners.

A widespread defense (by the insurance industry) of the use of preferred Vendors is the decline of incidences of insurance fraud, and insurance companies most often allude to this as a reason for the Preferred Vendor Clause prerequisite. Even with the intentions to thwart the filing of false claims, a considerable number of homeowners have run into distress due to this practice. Some of the most serious claims entail the use of managed repair clauses tied to the use of a certain Vendor that the insurance company chooses. As a replacement for of issuing the homeowners payments to hire their own (trusted) Vendors of choice, the insurance company will automatically dispatch their own Vendors. An additional conventional reason insurance companies endeavor to convince the policyholders for this practice is that the preferred vendor saves the homeowner time and exertion spent in shopping for his or her own Vendor. So, if your close relative is a carpenter or general Vendor, you may not use him/her.

The Opportunity of a Public Adjuster

The main problem with the use of preferred Vendors is that the homeowners are removed from the decision-making regarding their own home. Insurance companies dictate what (the scope), when, how (such as quality of work and materials) the repairs will be performed and who will be completing the repairs. Many of the workers are not full time employees of the Preferred Vendor Company and are merely day workers; none having background test. What does this mean? The policyholder may have felons, drug users, and questionable characters in their home or businesses exposing their families to such dubious creatures. Your home is your castle. You ought to be able to select who enters into your home or business. If a homeowner disagrees to any of these requisites, the insurance company will reject the claim (you could also be in breach of the terms of your contract/policy). In some instances, this can even lead to hikes in the homeowner’s yearly insurance premium. Occasionally the preferred Vendor is sent out to initiate repairs before the insurance company’s representative has had the chance to examine the damage. The use of a public adjuster is crucial to help avoid many of these problems associated with Preferred Vendors. A policyholder must contact a public adjuster immediately upon detection of any type of damage. The public adjuster will assess all aspects of the potential claim and provide professional advice, ultimately managing all aspects of the claim for the policyholder. The public adjuster represents the policyholder and has no connections to the insurance company or to any of the retained Vendors. Homeowners always have the option or right to use a pubic adjuster but are seldom, if ever, provided this information from their insurance companies.

Those faced with the required use or where the insurance company has the “option” to utilize a Preferred Vendor are recommended to scrutinize the terms of their existing policies and make changes if they have Preferred Vendor, Concierge Program, Select Contractor, Managed Repair, etc. endorsements. Policyholders should examine their policy to find out if the insurance company has the option to invoke the payout of the insurance company’s Vendors’ estimate or cost determination (to complete the repairs); which are never adequate for the policyholder to entirely recover and be made whole again.

Your insurance policy is a contract and by accepting and paying the premiums you have approved to the terms of the contract or policy. D’Orsa and Associates, LLC will analyze your current policy and advise recommendations (if necessary) at no cost.

Should your home or business endure any type of damage, contact D’Orsa and Associates, LLC public adjusters without delay upon discovery of damages. Our adjusters will handle all aspects of your claim from the filing your claim to the eventual settlement. D’Orsa and Associates, LLC work on a contingency basis: No Recovery, No Fee. For insurance claims help contact (877) 742-3587.

Additional Information on Preferred Vendor Endorsements:
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Preferred Vendor Endorsements

PREFERRED VENDOR ENDORSEMENTS. D’ORSA AND ASSOCIATES, LLC PUBLIC ADJUSTERS. NO RECOVERY, NO FEE. FOR INSURANCE CLAIMS HELP CONTACT (877) 742-3587

Public Adjusters Naples

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Sep 052016
 

Public Adjusters Naples
Public Adjusters Naples Do Not Just Handle Hurricane or Storm Damage Claims! D’Orsa and Associates, LLC handle all types of insurance claims. Our public adjusters Naples handle business, residence, and vehicle claims. Our public adjusters help you with your burst washer hose claim. Our public adjusters help you with the microwave fire you just had in your kitchen. Our public adjusters help you with the messy ceiling water leaks. Our public adjusters manage all claims including but not limited to:

Fallen trees, roof leaks, burst plumbing pipes (refrigerator, dishwasher, and faucet water supply lines), air conditioner overflow, slab leaks, fire and smoke damage (from small kitchen fires to large destructive fires), lightning strikes, vandalism, burglary, and more. And, of course, all storm damages.

No claim is too big or too small! We work on a contingency basis. No recovery, no fee!

Remember there are three (3) types of insurance adjusters.
The Staff Adjuster also known as the Insurance Adjuster who works for and is employed by the insurance company to protect the insurance company’s interests (their pocketbooks). Then there is the Independent Adjuster (the characterization “independent” is misleading). The Independent Adjuster is a contract adjuster who works for the insurance company. They want to keep getting contracts, so they must make the insurance companies happy by guarding the insurance company’s interest (their pocketbooks). FINALLY, THERE IS THE PUBLIC ADJUSTER. THE PUBLIC ADJUSTER SHOULD BE CALLED THE PRIVATE ADJUSTER BECAUSE THE PUBLIC ADJUSTER WORKS SOLELY FOR THE POLICYHOLDER. THE PUBLIC ADJUSTER’S RESPONSIBILITY AND INTEREST IS TO PROTECT YOU AND YOUR POCKETBOOK!!!!

Our public adjusters’ fiduciary responsibility is to ensure you fully recover from your loss and are made whole again. That means you are to be back in the exact same condition you were before the loss occurred. No cut corners! D’Orsa and Associates, LLC public adjusters are local adjusters; we are public adjusters in Naples, Florida. We provide you and your insurance claim with personal attention; that includes special attention to the details of your loss. Let us handle your claim professionally so you can relax and tend to your daily life and not stress dealing with the big B… insurance companies!

Contact Public Adjusters Naples D’Orsa and Associates, LLC at (877) 742-3587.

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Public Adjuster Naples

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Jul 022016
 

Public Adjuster Naples

Public Adjuster Naples: D’Orsa and Associates, LLC are currently working several insurance claims in the Naples areas as well as throughout Florida and Massachusetts. Our Public Adjusters help the policyholder throughout the insurance claims process to ultimately achieve a fair and just settlement to fully recover from their loss. Below is a sample of some of our recent claims statistics.

Recent D’Orsa and Associates, LLC Public Adjusting Representation Statistics

Hollywood, Florida
Initial Insurance Company Offer to the Policyholder for their storm Loss:
$0.00 (Not Covered)
Final Insurance Company Payment to the Policyholder for their Loss:
$15,000.00

Coral Springs, Florida
Initial Insurance Company Offer to the Policyholder for their roof leak Loss:
$0.00 (Not Covered)
Final Insurance Company Payment to the Policyholder for their Loss:
$20,234.73

Coral Springs, Florida
Initial Insurance Company Offer to the Policyholder for their burst dishwasher line water Loss:
$32,204.87
Final Insurance Company Payment to the Policyholder for their Loss:
$82,584.28

Boca Raton, Florida
Initial Insurance Company Offer to the Policyholder for their leaking sink water Loss:
$9,352.10
Final Insurance Company Payment to the Policyholder for their Loss:
$23,075.73

Port Charlotte, Florida
Initial Insurance Company Offer to the Policyholder for their burst refrigerator line water Loss:
$13,797.43
Final Insurance Company Payment to the Policyholder for their Loss:
$100,043.00

Walpole, Massachusetts
Initial Insurance Company Offer to the Policyholder for their ice dam Loss:
$12,284.03
Insurance Company Payment to the Policyholder for their Loss:
$29,067.44 (Pending Additional Payments)

Needham, Massachusetts
Initial Insurance Company Offer to the Policyholder for their ice dam Loss:
$3,776.28
Final Insurance Company Payment to the Policyholder for their Loss:
$15,447.60 (Pending Additional Payments)

Winchester, Massachusetts
Initial Insurance Company Offer to the Policyholder for their ice dam Loss:
$0.0
Insurance Company Payment to the Policyholder for their Loss:
$21,803.64
$56,145.76
Total: $77,949.40

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Contact D’Orsa and Associates, LLC Public Adjuster Naples to fight the insurance company for you! No Recovery, No Fee! Free Consultation! (877) 742-3587

Visit our main websites at http://www.florida-public-adjuster.com/     or     http://www.dorsaassociates.com/

Atlantic Hurricane 2014 Season

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Sep 082014
 

Atlantic Hurricane 2014 Season

Arthur
Bertha
Cristobal
Dolly
Edouard
Fay
Gonzalo
Hanna
Isaias
Josephine
Kyle
Laura
Marco
Nana
Omar
Paulette
Rene
Sally
Teddy
Vicky
Wilfred

The 2014 hurricane season has not ended. The Atlantic hurricane season continues on through November. There have only been three (3) declared tropical storms or hurricanes for the eastern seaboard this season. We have had 3 named storms this 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season. The next named storm will be Dolly. Stay watchful and be ready in the event of a hurricane. You may find hurricane preparedness tips at http://www.colliergov.net/index.aspx?page=101.

Meteorologist With Water