These types of claims are often referred to as equipment machinery breakdown claims. If you are interested to know what does your equipment breakdown coverage covers and the examples of the coverage for home owners, commercial businesses and industrial properties, the format and how the coverage is explained in your policy, our licensed public adjusters are capable of explaining the details and definitions for you. There may be exclusions in your specific coverage that may or may not work against you, such as interruption loss or re-location cost etc.
What Is Systems Breakdown Insurance Coverage?
Commercial Properties and Businesses that operate or rely on equipment for the purpose of generating revenue are eligible to submit equipment breakdown claims. Due to the global economy, increased system complexities and the inter dependency between systems; a breakdown in Asia, can severely impact you in the USA. Standard property policies do provide coverage for the structure, contents, and potential loss of revenue in the event of a loss. However, equipment breakdown is often times excluded. To avoid a coverage gap, property owners also need an Equipment Breakdown policy. Systems breakdown insurance policies are designed to cover the loss of equipment and systems installed in buildings.
Does your Residence, Business, Commercial Entity, or Industrial Operation use:
Answering yes to these questions qualifies for Equipment and machinery breakdown Insurance claim
EQUIPMENT BREAKDOWN COVERAGE
The Equipment Breakdown policy covers loss and damage to insured equipment and resulting loss of revenue (Business Income) while the equipment is being repaired or replaced. Normal wear and tear is not a part of the coverage.
The policy can be endorsed to include Contingent Business Income. This covers you in the event a critical component of your business e.g., a vendor or supplier can’t meet their obligations you the insured due to a mechanical breakdown of their own.
What Do Boiler/Mechanical & Machinery Claims Cover?
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Businesses are typically insured by a commercial insurance policy. In addition to providing insurance covering damage to property, such policies can cover loss of business income. However, this type of coverage is typically only triggered when there is a direct physical loss to the property that causes the loss of business income. It is important to have loss of business income coverage because it may be the difference between a business staying in business or going out of business.
Generally, commercial property insurance policies will define what is meant by the loss of business income. They will also contain limitations on how long the insurer may be obligated to pay such indemnity and how much may be paid under such coverage.
Loss of business income claims can be complex and often require the assistance of a forensic accountant to determine the amount of lost income. Insurers may attempt to minimize your claim by using their own forensic accountants, and argue for a shorter period of time to pay the loss of business income benefits. These are some of the reasons why it is important to consider hiring a public adjuster to assist you with your loss of business income claim.
Usually there are additional damages associated with the cause of the business loss. Damages to the structure the business is located in, loss of use or rents, temporary relocation and mobilization costs, etc. By hiring a public adjuster, we will bring the expertise to coordinate all of these costs being estimated and accounted and working to get you the maximum benefit for ALL of the various issues associated with your business loss.
Condominium and Homeowner’s Associations that have suffered a loss on the property can have a very complex and layered problem to deal with. The interests of the association verse the interests of the individual unit owners can be at odds. The association’s voluntary board members are often put in difficult positions having to make decisions that affect their communities and neighbors that are far beyond their level of expertise. The property management company may be asked to make recommendations or handle a loss that is beyond their scope of work or experience. There are budget and reserve concerns to be considered.
We understand the complexities and nuances of handling these claims. For condominium associations, is the master policy a “bare walls” policy or an “all in” policy? Is it a single limit policy or is each structure individually scheduled and insured? Who handles gaining access or attending all of the multiple inspections necessary for all of the units when multiple units have been affected by a loss? Who serves as the point of contact for the association members or residents? Who can separate out the damages owed by the unit owner verse the association? At Phoenix Claims Consulting, the answer is “We Do.”
Homeowners association claims have some similarities to condominium association claims but they have other significant differences. Usually the master policy only covers the common areas or community structures like gate houses, laundry and pool facilities, etc. Often there is a collective agreement on maintaining the association member owned structures, but usually each individual owner is responsible for the entirety of their own portion of the building. This creates many issues in the claims process when there is a single continuous roof system, exterior siding material or foundation for multiple units, shared fire walls, but each owner owns their share of those things separately. How do you repair only 25% of a roof system and not repair the rest of the roof in a case where 4 owners share a building, but only 1 has filed a claim for damages? Who handles the subrogation or negotiation of these issues? Who coordinates multiple claims with multiple carriers when each unit owner has their own policy and insurance company to facilitate a restoration like this? At Phoenix Claims Consulting, the answer is “We Do.”
We have handled both large and small association claims resulting in millions of dollars in recoveries over the years. We have the network of various specialized professionals at our disposal who work with associations regularly which can be crucial in preparing and presenting a condominium or homeowners association insurance claim. We see it so often that associations will hire a specialized trade person to handle all of the various needs of the community like landscapers, pool service, maintenance, property management, accountants, etc, but they will try to take on seasoned large loss adjusters from an insurance company on claims worth $100,000’s to millions of dollars by themselves and just hope for the best. You hire professionals to do what they do because you have a need they specialize in. If you have an insurance claim, you have a need for a claims adjuster who is on your side protecting your interests. Let us be Your expert on Your team. The adjuster that is sent by the insurance company has one client, the insurance company. They are not paid to adjust claims so that you receive every dollar you are owed. It’s actually quite the contrary.
If you have suffered a loss at your association, please do not hesitate to contact us for your FREE CONSULTATION. Let us advise you on your options, so you can make informed decisions about how to best restore your community.
Collapse insurance coverage and claims are extremely difficult to settle on your own, and waiting for a collapse to happen is risky and dangerous. We highly recommend consulting with a public adjuster who has the right resources and contacts to advise you of the best course of action.
Why are building collapse claim so complex? In the past, building collapses were broadly covered by most insurance policies. Insurance companies have changed how they define “collapse” in recent years. Additionally, the cause of the collapse may determine whether or not the loss is covered by insurance or not. If the collapse claim is denied, other portions of the insurance policy may provide coverage for the loss. These claims often require the expertise of structural engineers and other loss consultants to substantiate the cause and extent of the collapse.
Recent additions to the insurance form employed by most insurance policies now limit collapse coverage to an “abrupt collapse”. Insurance coverage and policies vary greatly so it is important to send a copy of your insurance policy to your public adjuster for review. Additional coverage and/or collapse insurance coverage of an ‘abrupt collapse’ means a “rapid falling down or collapse of the building or any section of your building with the resulting in the structure or part of the building not being able to be used for its intended purposes.” You policy may also provide a list of factors within the collapse that it may cover, including:
A “loss of revenue by collapse” occurs when either a full building, or a portion of the building, suddenly falls down and/or caves in. This sudden collapse can cause destruction of personal belongs and property and could put the building’s occupants in danger. This collapse can temporarily leave a person without a home to live in (such as condominium building collapse) or a business to return to (commercial building collapse).
If you are concerned about an existing problem but need input before filing a claim, have an open claim that you are in over your head with, or have received an underpaid settlement or denial, We Can Help! Phoenix Claims Consulting public adjusters are highly trained in all areas of insurance coverage, including collapse insurance, to ensure we can properly represent you during the insurance claim process. Our adjusters understand the stipulations contained in the “other coverage” section of your insurance policy. Additionally, they can interpret your policy and assess the damage and file the collapse insurance claim for you. Call 844-567-7776 today to learn how Phoenix Claims Consulting can assist with the complicated insurance process and maximize your claim.
Although the majority of strategies and methodologies in adjusting theft and vandalism damage claim is similar to that of other losses, there are unique aspects of this peril that require special attention and expertise.
Typical questions posed by insurance companies after receiving notice of a theft/vandalism claim are: Did a theft/vandalism actually occur? Did the policyholder actually own or possess the items being claimed stolen, and if so, can proof be provided? What is the value of the item or items being claimed? Was there any related property damage such as broken windows, doors, locks, or equipment related to the theft or vandalism?
With respect to the theft/vandalism event, most are substantiated and supported by official police reports which document the actual event. These reports are used by insurance companies to verify an event happened and also to assist them in future subrogation avenues it may pursue. It is absolutely critical that a police report be filed in claims involving theft and/or vandalism. You should make sure the police report and the report of items being claimed is accurate as to the list of items stolen. Should you discover additional items later be sure to update the police report and tell the insurance company you have filed a supplemental police report.
With respect to ownership and value, insurance companies rely heavily on documentation provided by the policyholder to prove ownership and substantiate value. This documentation could take the form of video, pictures, receipts, credit card statements, appraisals, insurance policy endorsements, etc. Try to provide as much documentation as possible to help substantiate the claim for theft with your insurance company.
In the event no title or ownership documentation can be provided; in the case of larger losses, most insurance companies will invoke their right to an examination of the insured under oath also called EUO. In addition to EUOs, the company may also request financial documentation from the insured to establish a basis of ownership and in some cases, tax returns and support showing a person had the income and lifestyle for the items they claimed were stolen.
In addition to ownership and measurement of loss issues, a very detailed review and evaluation of the insurance policy must be completed. Most policies contain limits or exclusions for certain scope items related to theft/vandalism claims and in many cases, certain items must be scheduled in a policy in order for coverage or higher limits to apply. Often this can be accomplished by what is called an inland marine floater insurance policy. Third party appraisals will be required to schedule items and a limit will be set as to the maximum amount you will be paid in the event of a theft.
A problem we have seen over the years following a loss for an item on a schedule is that the insured will assume they will be paid the dollar limit on the schedule as it was based on an appraisal. This is always true, as an insurance company will often go out in the market and seek a price from companies that have buying power to reduce the estimated replacement price, particularly on jewelry. They will then offer you the money based on lower price or offer to buy it for you. This is true despite the appraisal you had that they accepted and charged you a premium on. Also, appraisals can vary greatly in opinion of a value. So you may want to ask the insurance carrier to give you the name of the company they use or will use if a loss occurs and go to that firm to get your appraisal for the scheduled items.
Although theft/vandalism claims are very common, they can be some of the most complicated and time consuming matters to resolve. Let Phoenix Claims Consulting guide you through the process.
Some insurance policies contain coverage for sinkhole damage as long as the damage is caused by sinkhole activity. This coverage usually costs extra and must be chosen by the policyholder however. That being said, our sinkhole adjusters will tell you that sinkhole claims are one of the most difficult claims for policyholders to handle due to the technical nature of the sinkhole investigation, the number of insurance company experts involved, the length of the investigative process and the complexity of the property insurance coverage issues involved. It is very important for a policyholder to understand both their options for sinkhole repair under their policy and the various players in the sinkhole repair process in order to obtain a fair settlement and permanent fix. If not handled properly, it can affect the value of and further imperil both you and your property. For that reason, we recommend that most policyholders consult with an expert that works for you and not the insurance company.
In the United States, most of the damage caused by sinkholes occurs in Florida, Texas, Alabama, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Pennsylvania. Most of Florida is prone to sinkhole development because it is underlain by limestone or dolomite, which is susceptible to dissolution by naturally flowing groundwater. Ever so slowly, this forms underground channels, voids and cavities in the limestone or dolomite. Sinkholes form with the eventual collapse of the overlying soils down into the channels, voids and cavities below.
Sometimes sinkholes are revealed suddenly as they swallow sections of major roadways or even when buildings disappear. This makes for great evening news, but it is very rare. The more common sinkhole damage is much subtler. Sinkholes may appear as a slight depression in a lawn, a leaning tree or fence post. When they occur underneath or around a house or building they can cause cracking of the interior walls, ceilings, floor slabs and tiles. Sinkholes will cause damage to building foundations, exterior walls, driveways and even pools and pool decks.
Different states have very different statutory regulation of sinkholes and sinkhole related damages. In 2011, Florida had a massive overhaul of its sinkhole statutes eliminating the requirement of insurance companies to cover for sinkhole activity unless damages met very specific criteria. Tennessee quickly followed suit and changed their statutory regulations in a bill modeled after Florida’s. Kentucky has even fewer options available to insureds as insurance companies are not required to include any coverage for sinkholes. Rather there is a state fund to assist people suffering from these types of losses. This process can be a nightmare to navigate for Kentucky residents.
Sinkhole investigations require a very niche expertise. They are often extremely technical in nature with many moving parts and issues to overcome. If you have concerns about your property having a sinkhole loss, please contact us immediately for an assessment of your situation. We have successfully settled hundreds of these types of claims.
Did your sinkhole repair work? Did you follow your insurance companies forced repair protocol? Did you GROUT? If so, the odds are it did absolutely nothing to compact the soils let alone stabilize your foundation. Why? Simply because compaction grout tends NOT to do what the geotechnical engineer guessed that it would. In fact, we have interviewed “insurance company experts”, and they have stated that they cannot confirm where the grout will go! In nearly EVER single case I have witnessed a home being grouted it caused more damage, failed to stop cracks from appearing and never compacted the soil. The sad truth is your insurance policy promised to not only stabilize the land beneath BUT to also stabilize the foundation. If grout only comes to within 15 feet of your foundation how is possible to stabilize your foundation? The fact is it was never designed to stabilize your foundation which in my opinion is the single most important aspect of repairing a sinkhole home. The good news is you may be entitled to having your insurance company pay for those repairs. We at Phoenix Claims Adjusting will see that your most valuable asset is repaired properly.
If you think the repairs did not work, then call us immediately! We will conduct a FREE inspection of your property to ascertain whether it is showing signs of distress. Often times we are able to point out damages that the property owner was told “it was normal” by the insurance company or by their engineer.
At Phoenix Claims Consulting, we are committed to pursuing the rights of residential and commercial property owners in sinkhole damage cases. We will work closely to sort out your issues and hold your insurance company accountable for the failed repairs, so you can get the peace of mind you deserve.
Your Rights After a Failed Sinkhole Repair:
If the repairs on your property have failed to properly stabilize the soil and foundation, we can go back to the initial claim for additional repairs in many instances. In some instances, we may need to file a new claim for sinkhole damages.
While California gets most of the press in for earthquakes, Alaska accounts for over 50% of all earthquakes in the United States. Another surprising fact for most folks is how many different areas are earthquake hotspots around the country. The top 10 states by order of magnitude and frequency are: Alaska, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Washington, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Utah, and Oregon. If the New Madrid Seismic zone was in one state rather than “shared” across Missouri, Southern Illinois, western Kentucky & western Tennessee and northeastern Arkansas, it would be number 11 on the list. This list also does not account for how seismic waves travel from the epicenter. The reality is that there can be damage from earthquakes in many areas of the country.
Now let’s say you just suffered serious earthquake damage to your home and are wondering what to do next. You call your insurance company and wait for an adjuster to come out hoping they will have your best interests at heart. After all, they accepted your premium for years in a very nice way. Now you expect that they will “do the right thing.”
You will soon discover that you’ve moved from the asset side of your insurance company’s ledger (you paying your premiums on time) to the liability side of their ledger (they need to pay you for your damages). Often, the money they owe you now will far exceed any premium payment you paid or would pay in the future.
Unlike most other causes of residential property damage, earthquake is not an included peril in the standard homeowner policy and is instead covered under a separate policy or endorsement. Even the smallest of earthquakes can cause considerable structural damage to your home; therefore it is advisable to conduct a thorough inspection of your property after any earthquake. Every claim has a unique set of factors to take into account and it takes a seasoned professional to navigate through it all.
Knowing everything you possibly can about the “fine print” of your insurance policy before you have any substantive dialogue with your insurer is an absolute necessity. Know what you are covered for and how to claim it. What you say to your insurance company’s adjuster and how you say it can make a dramatic difference in how much you get paid. The more you know, the better the results.
Factors to Consider:
Following an earthquake, there are many factors that need to be taken into consideration. To help you navigate the process, we have put together several talking points for you to review. Having a full understanding of each of the below bullet points is crucial to documenting, filing, and successfully settling your residential insurance claim. If any of these questions give you pause, please feel free to reach out to us for a no-cost discussion about your claim.
See the residential bullet points for more you need to know about residential claims.
Phoenix Claims Consulting Can Help. Our team of public adjusters are experts in maximizing your residential or commercial earthquake insurance claim. We will walk you through each step in the claims process and take care of the smallest details that go into filing the claim, from a thorough evaluation of your loss, to carefully researching, detailing and substantiating every aspect of your claim.