What if a sudden storm overwhelmed your building’s rooftop and caused it to collapse? Or hidden components within your building’s walls warped and weakened it over time to the brink of destruction? If your commercial property suffers a structural collapse, it does not also have to bring down your business operations.
Keep in mind that with collapse claims, the collapse damage can be interpreted in different ways, and less in your favor. As partners in your recovery, our public adjusters make sure you recover all that you deserve.
Some buildings are vulnerable to collapse for a variety of reasons. In most cases, collapse is already covered in your commercial property insurance policy because it can happen to you regardless of where your business is located. For instance, during a Midwest winter storm, heavy snow on your building may cause a roof collapse. In warmer months, air conditioning units on the top of your building may weigh down and weaken the roof to the point of collapse.
Is the damage partial or total? How can you determine your commercial insurance coverage for collapse claims? This may be your first and only time filing a claim. Meanwhile, your insurance company has a whole team of experts whose full-time job is to assess property damage claims to protect their interests. Is it an even match? Who’s looking out for you? For decades, our public adjusters have helped handle collapse claims for property owners and business owners throughout Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Minnesota, and the greater Midwest. Our professionals have the experience and resources to evaluate and document your damage in detail and negotiate your claim for the maximum amount. When your business is at stake, you deserve to rebuild and continue operations as quickly as possible.
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 or broker’s role?
How do I keep my employees?
How do I keep my customers?
Why is a claim strategy so important?
Am I impacted by coinsurance?
What do I need to know about the insurance company’s adjuster and experts?
Am I entitled to an advance from the insurance company? What is reasonable?
What does it mean when the insurance company recommends a preferred vendor? Who will this vendor actually be working for?
Contractors may tell you they can do what public adjusters can do. Can they really? What is their background and education in insurance? Are they licensed and bonded? In many states, like California, it’s against the law to practice without a license!
The policy says it is your responsibility to submit a reconstruction estimate. Why would the insurer want to do it for you?
What is the difference between functional replacement and true replacement cost coverage and why should you care?
How is actual cash value determined?
Can you do the repairs yourself? Are you entitled to the overhead and/or profit that a contractor would typically charge?
What are the benefits and the pitfalls of not replacing your building?
Do you have to replace on the same site? Can you buy or build elsewhere?
Can you collect building code enhancement coverage if you build elsewhere?
How quickly can you start rebuilding following a loss?
How much of my time will this take?
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County Administrator - Board of Supervisors, Jackson County, Mississippi
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