Former Assistant Insurance Commissioner Lisa Miller wants everyone dealing with storm damage from Hurricane Ian to call their insurance agent instead of “opening the door” to an unknown repair team aimed at your insurance money.
“There are reports of unscrupulous people having people sign documents and including them in contracts,” Miller said. “Don’t answer the door.”
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Miller, who served as an assistant insurance commissioner between 2003 and 2005, said the gross estimate for Florida state property claims is between 800,000 and one million claims.
She said it’s easy to say yes to a handyman who promises to get your home back to normal in an instant.
“The expert’s visit is the most important visit next to the church visit,” Miller told News 6. “You have two years[to make a claim]. You don’t have to queue now.”
Miller said families experiencing major structural damage and flooding should be the first to receive financial help.
Verisk, a leading analytics firm in New Jersey, projects insured losses from Hurricane Ian to onshore real estate will range from $42 billion to $57 billion.
The industry loss estimate by Verisk Extreme Event Solutions accounts for domestic wind, storm surge and flooding damage resulting from Ian’s landfalls in Florida and South Carolina.
News 6 has confirmed that Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis has set up stations with insurance companies willing to help families with a financial lifeline.
Patronis communications director Devin Galetta told News 6 that quick checkout centers have already been set up in Lee and Charlotte counties.
“The centers will write checks to policyholders on the ground to get them on their feet,” Galetta said. “28 insurance companies are represented.”
Galetta said the Patronis team is evaluating the situation in central Florida to determine if the payment centers will be established in any counties here.
If you have additional insurance questions, please call 1-877-MY-FL-CFO (1-877-693-5236).
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