Of Hurricanes and Fires, or The Gripes of Wrath

Of Hurricanes and Fires
Or
The Gripes of Wrath

By Michael C. Perlmuter, JD, President & General Counsel

John Steinbeck, if he were still among us, would need little more than keeping his attention plastered on the news and weather reports to find some grist for another novel. The hurricane, earthquake and fire outbreaks which have been tormenting much of the western hemisphere might not be the focal point of the plot, but they certainly could provide backdrop for the significant angst he chronicled.

Five major outbreaks, including three hurricanes (Harvey, Irma and Maria), an earthquake and a wildfire during the past several months…

Continue reading →

Expert Has Advice on Hurricane Harvey Insurance Claims

Insurance Settlement Expert Urges Property Owners Resist Temptation, Practice Patience, Consider Hiring Own Adjuster to Get Max Hurricane Harvey Damage Claim Payment; More Advice Offered

PRESS RELEASE

CLEVELAND, Ohio (August 30, 2017) — Business and home owners anxious to rebuild in the wake of Hurricane Harvey are urged to be patient and methodical in their settlement of insurance claims in order to receive the maximum of what they are due from insurers and other potential sources, advises a national property insurance expert.

“Among the most valuable tools property owners have is resisting the temptation to accept the first settlement offer from an…

Continue reading →

Hurricane Harvey: A Reminder to Update Your Property Insurance

Hurricane Season is Here and Now! Don’t Be Complacent. Be Aware, Prepare By Reviewing, Updating Your Business, Home, Property Insurance Before Disaster Strikes.

By Michael C. Perlmuter, JD, President & General Counsel

Most of the U. S. based weather services issued warnings. First they predicted a modest number of storms for the 2017 season. Next, in the past few months, changing weather conditions compelled the services to “up” their predictions.

Then along came Hurricane Harvey.

Harvey is / was every property owner’s worst nightmare. Weather scientists did not have the benefit of a week or more to track Harvey. Harvey developed in just…

Continue reading →

How Does Selling a Property Impact an Insurance Claim?

You Have A Pending Insurance Claim, But Want to Sell Your Property: Now What?
Or More Simply Stated, “How Does Selling a Property Impact an Insurance Claim?”

By Michael C. Perlmuter, JD, President & General Counsel

Consider the following situation which poses what I like to refer to as a “law school exam question.”

The issue at hand arose when an insured had a contract to sell his property, but prior to closing, the building sustained a fire. Your understanding will likely result in a smoother sale of your business or home and get more dollars faster into the account of the “right”…

Continue reading →

Be Alert to Get Maximum Payment for Weather Damage Insurance Claim

Don’t Let Property Casualty Insurers Poor Financial Performance Undermine the Value of Your Insurance Claim; How to Fight to Get the Max

By Michael C. Perlmuter, JD, President & General Counsel

Gang, huddle up. This is one of those moments in time you need to be aware of a potential “penalty” before the matter and the opportunity to deal with it evaporate.

Strap on your chin strap and this QB is going to take you inside the insurer’s operations center and allow you a sneak peek at what they might be thinking and doing to minimize their responsibility to their business and…

Continue reading →

Florida Court Rules on Concurrent Causation

Florida Supreme Court Support for Homeowner “Concurrent Causation” Property Claim May Benefit Insureds in Other States, Too

By Michael C. Perlmuter, JD, President & General Counsel

The State of Florida is known for giving us pristine beaches for winter get-aways and views of spectacular space missile launches. Now, beyond family vacations and rocket ships, a recent insurance-related case adjudicated in Florida rendered a ruling from which insureds may be able to benefit in the future.

The Florida Supreme Court in 2016 issued a ruling which, in at least that state for starters, closed a significant loophole which has been festering for 30…

Continue reading →

Replacement Cost Insurance: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You

By Michael Perlmuter, JD, President & General Counsel

and Jeffrey O’Connor, SPPA, Vice President

Insureds seem to take great comfort believing their replacement cost insurance will fully cover losses to their business or home when in fact they should not be sleeping so peacefully.

It is painfully clear during our initial conversations with clients experiencing a loss that they believe their claim to be “simple” or “straight forward” because they have “replacement cost insurance.” The insureds are adamant in the assumption that their replacement cost coverage obligates the insured to pay the “cost of replacement.”

Is this true? Absolutely not . ….

Continue reading →

Condominium Property Insurance Claims

Successfully Navigating the Board Member – Unit Owner Minefield

By Michael C. Perlmuter, JD, President & General Counsel

Property losses that occur to condominium properties and individual units within are among the most difficult insurance losses for insureds to manage correctly and appropriately.

Why?

  1. The relationship between an individual condominium unit owner and the defined larger condominium property is controlled by the condominium by-laws which can vary and quite often are open to significantly differing interpretations;
  2. There is no standardized policy language in either of the two different types of master insurance policies (and variations within them) insuring condominium properties;
  3. Insurance policies…

Continue reading →