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After a Loss

What To Do After a Loss to Your Home
Report the loss as soon as possible as indicated on the How to File a Claim tab. The faster you report your claim, the sooner we can help you. If you are not able to continue to live in your home after the damage, please tell us or tell your insurance company when your report the claim.

Protect your property from further damage by arranging for reasonable temporary repairs as soon as possible. For example, if windows are broken, have them boarded up to protect your home and property against vandalism or weather damage. If you have water damage, pull up the wet carpets, remove any water and put fans around the room to dry the carpet and walls as soon as possible. Don’t worry about jeopardizing your claim by making the necessary immediate repairs. The claim adjusters are trained to assess all of the damage and will be able to do so even though repairs have been done.

Keep an accurate record of all temporary repair expenses (e.g., bills and/or material receipts) so that you can add the amount to your claim. Also, keep an accurate record of any and all expenses incurred to be considered for possible reimbursement. Please do not make any permanent repairs until the insurance adjuster has had a chance to review the damage. You can bring the receipts to our office or give them directly to the claim adjuster when he or she comes to see the damage.

Determine the damage to your personal property (contents). Make a written list of what was damaged. To be as accurate as possible, please include the manufacturer, brand name and the place and date of purchase. We recommend beginning this process by dividing your list into broad categories such as location (e.g., living room, bedroom #1, bedroom #2). If available, photographs, videotapes or personal property inventories are valuable resources during the itemization process.

Separate damaged and undamaged property. In order to complete a full assessment of the loss, your claim adjuster will need to inspect all damaged property. If possible, place damaged items in a secure area where they can be inspected. If you are unsure about any item, please include it with the damaged property.

Are Your Insurance Limits High Enough? by Rachel Beavan

You may have seen a recent tv commercial showing a young man and his parents in a courtroom. They have just found out that they have to pay for a lawsuit settlement that exceeds their insurance limits. Can this really happen? You bet! There is another tv commercial where an attorney is telling you that if you are on a jury, you cannot base a judgment against someone on their insurance limits. This is a bit more confusing, but what he is telling you is that if you are sued for an auto accident, a jury will determine how much you owe the other party without knowing what your insurance limits are. There is a good chance they could decide that you owe more than your insurance limits. If that happens, where does the money come from? It could come from your savings, college funds or your IRA. You could be forced to sell some of your assets. Your wages could be garnished. The answer is…the extra money comes from you. In a turbulent economy, most people only think about how much their insurance will cost them. If your insurance agent is doing his job, he or she will give you options in coverage limits based on your individual situation. What do you have to lose if you are the one in that court room facing that jury? How do you know what your insurance limits are? Look on your policy. Texas requires minimum auto insurance limits of $25,000 per person for bodily injury up to $50,000 per accident, regardless of the number of people in the car. If you cause an accident, and the other party requires surgery, how far will $25,000 take you? If the operation is $50,000, your insurance company will only pay the top limit of $25,000. Are you financially prepared to pay for the rest? Wouldn’t you rather spend that $25,000 on something for your family? How do you know what insurance limits are right for you? Your agent should be talking to you about this. Here’s where to start…make a list of all of your assets. This includes your home, your cars, your checking and savings accounts. Then consider your household income. How much do you need to protect? That will give you an idea of what insurance limits are right for you. Then talk to your agent before you end up in the courtroom.