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Public Adjusters vS. Claims Adjusters vs.  Independent Adjusters

Claims adjusters connected to your insurance company will usually offer around 80% to 85% of your insurance claim sometimes even less. What you, and most people donít know can be harmful. The claim representative is required to minimize claims as much as possible. Remember that this is nothing personal, you just need to educate yourself on the claims process. You can do this by consulting experienced local vendors. If you have elected to use approved vendors and feel that you have not been adequately compensated for your loss you may need to contact a Public Adjuster.

Public Adjusters, also known as private claims adjusters; working on your behalf can negotiate with your insurance company. They will make sure that contents has been depreciated properly based on item specifics such as age, brand, make or model as well as review the scope of repairs to make sure nothing was missed etc.

If you decide that you are in need of a Public Adjuster it is important to understand their fees and contract. Most public adjusters prefer to be retained before the Insurance carrier has touched or moved any contents. This allows the Public Adjuster to argue value and items before they are removed from the home. Items that are badly burned may get lost in the cleanup process or destroyed beyond further recognition resulting in money loss therefore your Public Adjust will want to see the items as they were following the fire.

There is normally a fee that is imposed when hiring a Public Adjuster. This fee may vary on a case-by-case basis. Make sure that you understand the fee and how your Public Adjuster is paid before hiring him or her. Ask for references from other clients that may have engaged their services with a loss similar to yours.

Independent Adjusters are not the same as a Public Adjuster. It is easy to get confused on what each adjuster does. If your insurance carrier is out of state they may elect to hire a local Independent Adjuster to act as their eyes on the loss. These are insurance approved adjusters. They are representing and working for the carrier NOT you. They are there to report their finding to your claims adjuster. It is up to YOU to decide if you want to hire your own vendors to make sure that you receive the maximum benefits you are entitled to.

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