New York Investigating Insurers for Hurricane Sandy Claims
According to PropertyCasualty360, the New York Department of Financial Services is investigating the actions of three insurers following Superstorm Sandy.
The insurers are facing claims of an alleged failure to send, or timely send and adjuster to investigate claims. Others say claims were denied over the phone and never investigated in person. New York law requires insurers inspect damaged property within 15 business days of a filed claim. That timeline was shortened on Nov. 29 to six business days for certain properties. If they can’t meet that deadline, insurers are required to send a letter to policyholders explaining the delay.
Insurers were inundated by claims after Hurricane Sandy. AllState for example has logged more than 81,507 claims from the superstorm. The total costs for the damage are estimated somewhere around $25 billion.
The incidences are reminders of the large responsibilities agents hold to their clients in the wake of large scale disasters. As insurance professionals, insurance agents deal so often with mitigating and assessing others’ risk they forget they themselves are liable as well. Disaster response plans for dealing with large scale numbers of claims are essential to avoid federal intervention. Learning from the mistakes now can help prepare you in the future.
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