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HURRICANE KATRINA GUIDE TO UNDERSTANDING INSURANCE COVERAGE, THE CLAIMS PROCESS, and OTHER INFORMATION.
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HURRICANE KATRINAGUIDE TO UNDERSTANDING INSURANCE COVERAGE,THE CLAIMS PROCESS, and OTHER INFORMATION
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Question: How do I report my Claim?
Answer: Call your insurance agent or insurance company and report your claim.
Question: How do I know what coverage I have?
Answer: The front of your insurance policy has a page called the Declarations Page. Look at this page and it will indicate the amount of your coverage.
Question: How long will it take for an adjuster to call me?
Answer: It depends on each situation. Call your insurance company to secure an idea of when you should expect to hear from an adjuster.
Question: Will the adjuster attempt to reduce my claim?
Answer: The adjuster wants to pay and close your claim as fast as possible and still be fair to you and your insurance company. The adjuster may pay more than you expected or less than you expected, depending on your coverage and damages. Adjusters are encouraged to pay fair amounts.
Question: Should I request an advance payment from my insurance company?
Answer: If you sustained significant damage and you need money now, you should request an advance payment from your insurance company.
Question: Should I throw damaged items away?
Answer: Without creating a hazard, and if possible, you should save evidence of valuable items so that you can document you owned these items.
Question: Should I hire a public adjuster to represent me?
Answer: The decision to hire a public adjuster is a personal choice that you must make depending on your circumstances.
Question: Can I use my own repair contractor or should I use the contractor suggested by the insurance company?
Answer: You can use your own contractor. The contractor suggested by the insurance company may be able to expedite your claim handling since the contractor knows the insurance company procedures and requirements and may be able to resolve issues more easily with your insurance company.
Question: Will the insurance company pay to take care of my animals while I am out of my home?
Answer: The cost of boarding or kenneling your animals will be covered as additional living expense costs.
Question: If I rent a travel trailer or motor home to live in, will the insurance company pay for the cost?
Answer: Within reason, the insurance company should pay for the cost as an additional living expense.
Question If I buy a generator, will the insurance company pay for it?
Answer: If you are going to be without power for a significant period of time, the insurance company should pay for a generator as an additional living expense.
Question: If I stay with relatives and pay them, will I be reimbursed?
Answer: If you have increased living costs because you are staying with relatives, the insurance company should pay for the increased costs as additional living expenses.
Question: Should I get the trees off my house and buildings and make temporary repairs?
Answer: If possible, you should take action to make temporary repairs to prevent further damage and to make your house habitable.
Question: What is depreciation and how does it affect my claim?
Answer: Depreciation is the reduction in value of property because of age or use. If you have replacement cost coverage, the insurance company may only pay the depreciated value of the item until you replace the item. Once you replace the item, the insurance company will usually pay only what you spent to replace the item.
Question: Will the insurance company pay for food spoilage?
Answer: It depends. Usually the insurance company will pay if damage to your premises interrupted your electrical service, but they will not pay if the spoilage was caused by a general power outage.