New York state pushes insurance companies to provide faster storm claim response

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The remnants of Hurricane Ida brought record-breaking rain, flooding large parts of NYC. Insurance companies are braced for a massive wave of claims in New York following record-breaking rains left behind by the remnants of Hurricane Ida. State officials are calling for insurers to step up their processing, to help flood victims to recover more quickly from the damage they suffered. Large areas of New York City were submerged by the massive rainfall that came on fast. The New York State Department of Financial Services, which regulates insurance companies in…

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Mercury Insurance prepares to assist Dixie Fire victims with policies

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The insurer published a news release confirming its readiness to help displaced or evacuated policyholders. As the situation in California worsens, Mercury Insurance issued a news release confirming to its policyholder Dixie Fire victims that it is ready to help them. As local authorities issue mandatory evacuation orders for residents, policyholders have support. The insurer is reminding Dixie Fire victims who have homeowners’ or renters’ coverage that they can call for support if they have been displaced or evacuated. Representatives are ready to help address covered claims while still following…

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Allstate catastrophe losses for February 2021 announced

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The insurance giant has published its estimates for last month, reaching $577 million, pre-tax. The Allstate catastrophe losses for February 2021 have been released, estimating that they reached about $577 million, pre-tax, or $456 million, after-tax. There were two primary events that contributed to the insurer’s totals for last month. The two events creating the majority of the Allstate catastrophe losses in February reached $590 million, pre-tax ($466 million, after-tax). That said, those figures were also partially offset by prior period reserve re-estimates that were favorable. Of the two events…

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Unpaid insurance claims leave Puerto Rico with a massive $1.6 billion disaster bill

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The U.S. territory is wrapped in accusations of fraud and lawsuits against home insurers. Cities and homeowners alike are facing widespread unpaid insurance claims following several disasters to strike Puerto Rico. Some claim they’re receiving unfair low payments while others have watched insurers shut down. Fraud accusations and lawsuits are taking flight in every direction as many face unpaid insurance claims following the earthquakes, hurricanes and other disasters. Puerto Rico has been struggling with one catastrophe after the next. The island has been struck by hundreds of earthquakes over a…

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Thousands of tornado insurance claims filed after Ohio devastation

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Local insurers and agents have been assisting policyholders with damaged homes, vehicles and businesses. Policyholders in Ohio are encouraged to begin filing their tornado insurance claims following the storms last week. The twisters hit on Monday night and damaged homes, cars and businesses. Insurance companies are expecting thousands of claims and agents are bracing to assist them all. Insurers such as Allstate, State Farm, and Farmers have been fielding ceaseless client calls. “When the devastation is this much, it’s like nothing any of us in our area has really seen,”…

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Top Christmas homeowners insurance claims identified as a caution to consumers

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Policyholders are advised to learn from the mistakes of others so they won’t be repeated. Insurers are releasing their lists of top Christmas homeowners insurance claims from previous years. This is meant to be useful information for policyholders who want to make sure they have a claim-free Christmas this year. The combination of decorations, cooking and drinking can all pose a range of preventable risks. Insurance companies are hopeful that by educating consumers about the risks, it will help them to make better choices and prevent disaster. In this way,…

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Top tips to avoid winter holiday season home insurance claims

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This season is filled to the brim with festivities, but these celebrations also come with certain risks. The winter holiday season is already well underway. Friends and family gather together for parties, meals and other celebrations. All this extra food, cooking and people can pose some potential risks at home that could lead to homeowners insurance claims unless you take the right precautions. Understanding the risks is the first step to making sure you’ll take the right steps to prevent hazards. Understanding the risks associated with the winter holiday season…

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