Homeowners insurance confusion could be a problem for Illinois residents
A powerful tornado swept through Illinois earlier this week, leaving a path of destruction in its wake. The city of Washington was one of those that suffered most from the natural disaster, which destroyed more than 500 homes and damaged property throughout the entirety of the city. The devastating event has caused some confusion concerning homeowners insurance and natural disasters, which has spurred the Illinois Department of Insurance to take action.
Agency to provide one-on-one counseling sessions for disaster victims
The state’s Department of Insurance has announced that it will be offering free home insurance counseling for victims of the tornado. This counseling service is meant to dispel some of the confusion that people may have concerning homeowners insurance and how policies may cover damage caused by severe winds. Through this new service, victims of the tornado are expected to receive guidance on how to file insurance claims and agency officials will aid victims with the documentation of storm damage.
Homeowners insurance can be a confusing matter
Homeowners insurance can be a complex issue for many people. Insurance policies tend to be complicated and difficult to understand, even for those that are well versed in legal terminology. Even simple misunderstandings of insurance policies could leave people exposed to financial risk. The state is keen to ensure that people are able to avoid any further issues that could be related to the disastrous tornado.
At least 14 tornadoes form in Illinois and Indiana
The cost of the damage associated with the tornado has not yet been estimated. Insurers are still analyzing the extent of the damage caused by the event and similar tornadoes that have struck elsewhere in the state. According to the National Weather Service, at least 14 tornadoes touched down in Illinois and northwest Indiana earlier this week. The most powerful of these tornadoes was recorded as an EF-4.