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Insurance Claims Disputes & Questions

This summer’s weather has been unpredictable to say the least with high temperatures, flooding and other not-so-mild weather activity. And, this fall and winter are shaping up to be much of the same.  Weather events can wreak havoc on your home and property. When a storm hits and causes damage, it can be a stressful and upsetting time and you may not know what to do or where to begin. That’s why the experts at Norcia are here to answer all of your questions about your insurance claim and property. And, when insurance claims disputes arise in MN, we are the experts to call. When it comes to weather, insurance, and the home, there can be a lot of unanswered questions especially in the event of a denied claim. That’s where we come in. Our insurance claims experts will work for you and not the insurance company, working to get you what you are entitled to. 

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In our work over the years, we have heard from many people who have questions and are in need of help with their insurance claims. We are here to provide assistance. We’ve put together answers to some of the most common insurance claims questions for your reference. And remember, if you find yourself with insurance claims disputes, don’t hesitate to call the professionals at Norcia Insurance Consultants. 

What is the first thing I should do after my home’s been damaged?

First, make sure everyone is safe. Once you’ve ensured everyone’s safety, contact your insurance agent or your insurance claims adjuster for instructions on what to do until they arrive. You can begin preparing an inventory of personal property damaged and take pictures of any damage to the property. Our insurance claims professionals from Norcia can do all of this for you as well.

If possible, find temporary shelter either with family or friends. Or, rent temporary shelter. If your home is uninhabitable because of physical damage, most homeowners’ policies will pay additional living expenses while your property is being repaired.

My home was damaged in a flood, is that covered?

Unfortunately, chances are, your policy does not cover flood damage. Most policies cover damage from falling water or rain blown by the wind, but not from rising water or flooding. In many cases, homeowners must have a separate or additional flood policy that covers rising water or flooding.

Why is the settlement lower than expected? 

Ask for clarification. If it cites an exclusion or other specific language in your policy, ask it to point out the section. Or, call the professionals at Norcia and we can help settle any insurance claims disputes.

Do you need help with insurance claims disputes in MN? For more information on insurance claims help, call Norcia Insurance Consultants at 866-512-LOSS (5677), or you can contact us to set up your Free Consultation.

Important Summer Safety Tips from an Insurance Adjuster

All over the country, temperatures are rising. With summer just setting in, there are many hot weather hazards ahead of us. So as the trusted insurance adjuster for WI, we thought we would put together a list of some summer safety tips to help local residents stay safe all season long.

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During the hot summer months, multiple appliances can be plugged in at a time. Additional strain from AC units can potentially cause outages, blackouts and even shorts. More appliances combined with soaring temperatures increases the chance for a short circuit, thus creating the danger of a house fire. Limit appliance use and make sure your circuit breaker is able to handle the extra strain. 

Speaking of appliances, is your air conditioner safe to use? We all use air conditioners to help keep temperatures tolerable indoors. However, many units are either dirty or not up to date. This not only causes poor air quality but high energy costs and fire hazards as well. While your air conditioning many have already been running for a few weeks now, it’s still important to make sure your AC is cleaned or serviced to ensure safety. With an inspection you can ensure the electrical elements are safe to use and that your filters are replaced often.

This time of year, summer rains can also pose a big problem, causing flooded basements and damaged appliances. Floods can cause a lot of damage so keep your eye on the weather and make sure your home, including the roof and basement is prepared for heavy rains and that you have proper flood insurance.

Careless grilling or fire burning is something else to be avoided. Before you start cooking or burning wood outside, remember never step away from the fire, to check your gas tank for hose leaks, blockages and holes and if using a charcoal grill, wait for the coals to cool completely before disposing of it.

These are just a few of the important summer safety tips to keep in mind. In the unfortunate event that something does occur, call a public adjuster for assistance. Our public adjusters can help take away a lot of the stress you are experiencing. If one of these events were to occur and you need to make a claim with your insurance company, we can help you deal with the legwork associated with filing a claim.

Ready to learn more about how our insurance adjuster in WI can help you in the event of damages this summer? Call Norcia Insurance Consultants at 866-512-LOSS (5677) or Schedule a Free Consultation.

Public Insurance Claim Assistance: What Your Insurance Does & Does Not Cover

Are you prepared for summer storms and severe weather? In the event of a natural disaster or fire, are you well-informed on what your insurance will cover? This is the first step to being prepared. After all, knowledge is power when it comes to preparation. At Norcia Insurance Consultants, we offer public insurance claim assistance for the Twin Cities and can help you make sense of your insurance coverage. It can be confusing trying to determine what is and is not included in an insurance plan. Our insurance claims experts are here to help clear things up so that you’re better prepared in the event of an emergency and insurance claim. 

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Were you aware that not all natural disasters are covered by homeowners insurance? Some insurance plans don’t cover earthquakes or floods. In many cases, homeowners must purchase separate insurance policies to help protect their home and belongings against those types of natural disasters. It may also be necessary to purchase additional coverages for better protection. While a typical policy comes with certain coverages, it is usually customized to meet each individual homeowner’s unique needs. There are a few basics covered by most insurance plans including windstorms, hail, fires, lightning strikes and more. Insurance plans are not one size fits all so your plan may only include some of these or even additional events. 

And, some homeowners insurance policies also may not include coverage for other structures that are on your property but separate from your home, like a detached garage, tool shed or fence. 

Do you know what’s covered by your plan? Our insurance consultants can offer you the public insurance claim assistance you need and help determine what is covered and what is not. We can come to your home, talk to your insurance company for you, explain to you what is unfolding, clarify all aspects of the paperwork and go over your contracts.

When you educate yourself and have the experts by your side, your chance of receiving the payout you are entitled to is raised. We will evaluate the damage, take pictures and video, analyze your insurance policy and to figure out how much money you should get.

When you need help from professional, experienced insurance consultants, do not hesitate to give us a call, we are here to help! For public insurance claim assistance in the Twin Cities, call Norcia Insurance Consultants at 866-512-LOSS(5677) or you can contact us to Schedule a Free Consultation

Insurance Claims Disputes & Storm Damage

The weather is warming and summer is just weeks away. And with warming temperatures also come damaging storms. While most homeowners have insurance that will cover any severe weather damages, insurance claims disputes can still arise. Insurance companies can and do occasionally deny legitimate claims. That’s where we come in. The experts at Norcia Insurance Consultants can help you resolve such insurance claims disputes and work to get you what you deserve. We have years of experience helping Wisconsin homeowners with insurance claims disputes and can help you when you need it most.

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First of all, when a storm damages your home, don’t contact your insurance company to file insurance claims directly. Give us a call from the very beginning. With assistance from the experts at Norcia, we can take care of this for you. We can come to your home, talk to your insurance company for you, explain to you what is unfolding, clarify all aspects of the paperwork and go over contracts to help you understand them. This can help keep insurance claims disputes from ever even coming up.

We will be able to walk you through every step in the insurance claim process. Even if you are unsure whether the damage warrants an insurance claim, we can get you the help you need to get you started. Even if a claim is fairly minor, like a cracked or broken window that won’t exceed your annual deductible, you should still report that damage.

If you’ve already filed your claim and received a response you do not agree with from your insurance company, we can help you review your original claim to search for ways to improve it before opening a dispute. The claim you originally filed, if filed without our help, could contain mistakes or lack information that may have changed the insurance company’s answer.

Many insurance companies, rather than standing by their policyholders, try to dispute claims or vastly underestimate property losses. As a claimant, you should dispute an insurance claim if you believe you deserve a different response from the claims adjuster. The timing of when to launch your dispute can be imperative to the future of your claim. At Norcia Insurance Consultants, our insurance claims disputes experts can help with the paperwork, timing and everything in between.

Need help with any insurance claims disputes involving your Wisconsin home or business? Call Norcia Insurance Consultants at 866-512-LOSS (5677) or you can contact us to set up your Free Consultation.

The Causes of Ice Dams & How to Prevent Them

As the trusted insurance consultants for Wisconsin, Minnesota, and the surrounding areas, we continue to assist area policyholders with property insurance claims after winter accidents and severe weather events. One major culprit for winter home damage is ice dams. Many homeowners may have ice dams without even realizing it. So, what are the signs, causes and cures for ice dams? Norcia Insurance Consultants is here to answer just that. 

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What are Ice Dams? 

While once thought of as a problem with the roofing or ventilation, ice dams are actually caused by the presence of warm, moist air in the attic, combined with snow on the roof and the right weather conditions. Ice dams occur when heat gets into the attic and then melts the underside of the snow on the roof. This melted snow then flows down the roof until it reaches a cold spot like the eaves or soffit and forms a frozen dam where additional snowmelt and ice build up. Then, the ice buildup can back up under the shingles, damaging them and allowing water to leak into the ceilings and walls beneath. 

Primary Cause of Ice Dams

The primary cause of ice dams are attic air leaks. Air leaks can damage insulation and more. Warm, moist air leaking through holes around plumbing vents, electrical wires, chimneys and more lead to reduced performance of your insulation. And, water vapor carried with the escaping warm air from your home may condense, freeze and build up in the insulation causing plaster and paint to crack and peel, leading to rot and other structural damage.

How to (And How Not to) Prevent Them

Removing snow from the roof can eliminate one of the ingredients necessary for the formation of an ice dam. However, it is important to be careful not to damage the roofing materials, yourself or your property. DO NOT install heating cables as they will shorten the life of your roof and cost money to operate. Also don’t remove ice with chippers, chemicals or heat as it can damage the shingles gutters and other components. Adding additional insulation like higher density foam on the top plate of exterior walls can reduce heat transfer to the roof deck. However, insulation alone is insufficient. 

The long-term solution to ice dams is to air seal your attic. Make the ceiling of your home air tight so warm, moist air cannot flow from the house into the attic space.

Ice dams are no joke so it is important to do everything you can to prevent them from damaging your home. If your home is damaged by ice dams, just keep in mind that the experts at Norcia Insurance Consultants are here to help.