Nov 232010
 

Beach Home On Bolivar Peninsula, taken after Hurricane Ike in September 2008

Overhead and Profit is a term that insurance companies like to avoid as much as possible.  The mere mention of it to your agent is liable to send them sidestepping for a politically correct and often confusing answer.  There is a tremendous amount of confusion, deception and litigation over these words.  What does this mean to you, the insured?  Without your insurance company including Overhead and Profit as part of your claim settlement, you will then be responsible for either trying to cut corners and make repairs yourself or you will have to cover this expense out of your own pocket.  Even though many of the state’s insurance boards have issued interpretations of how insurance companies are to handle it, many are still reluctant to include it as part of their claim settlement.  Some have even tried to access a depreciation loss to it, as if labor and cost of new material can actually depreciate before it’s even purchased.

The Texas Department of Insurance issued a Commissioner’s Bulletin on June 12, 1998.  It was earmarked to the attention of all property and casualty insurance companies.  Here is the closing excerpt “The Department has concluded that an insurer providing property coverage under replacement cost residential policies that allow for the adjustment of covered losses to structures on an actual cash value basis may not calculate actual cash value on the basis of replacement cost with proper deduction for depreciation, less contractor´s overhead and profit, nor may the insurer deduct sales tax on building materials. Any insurer that determines actual cash value on this basis may be subject to disciplinary action for violations of the Texas Insurance Code, including unfair claims practices pursuant to Article 21.21 § 4(10)(a) and Article 21.21-2.”

That excerpt from the Commissioners bulletin was issued back in 1998 and even though it warns insurance companies that their refusal to cover Overhead and Profit may result in disciplinary actions, they still do their best to get away with it.  This is why you may want to hire a licensed public adjuster to represent you.  Someone to act on your behalf and your best interest, that’s what InsuranceBusters.net does.  We become your advocate when preparing your claim.  If you would like InsuranceBusters.net to provide you with a FREE claim review, simply click on the Documents tab above, select your appropriate states documents and complete the attached checklist.  We will then contact you to set up a thorough inspection of the damages.  Once completed, we can then advise you whether or not you are owed more money on your claim.  If you agree, we will then prepare the documentation and file the adjusted claim with your insurance company.  We don’t get paid unless we are successful in getting you more money.

Nov 182010
 
New Campaign Launched for InsuranceBusters.net and VictimsOfInsuranceAbuse.net

Click Here To Listen To InsuranceBusters.net and VictimsOfInsuranceAbuse.net Radio Spots

In an effort to help educate the residents of Oklahoma, InsuranceBusters.net launched its latest radio campaign. Beginning last Saturday and running through Christmas, the radio airwaves of Oklahoma City will hear two different spots, the first is a 30 second spot explaining the great things that we have accomplished for Oklahoma residents. We have already helped and processed over $500,000 in claims just in Oklahoma. It appears that there are several companies in Oklahoma who pride themselves on not paying their claims properly and InsuranceBusters.net is here to help you.

The second commercial is a 15 second spot promoting our newest website, http://victimsofinsuranceabuse.net/. This website was built and designed with the consumer in mind. This is a place that you can share your voice with the world. It’s your forum to explain what you went through with your insurance company. We have designed this site on a WordPress Blog format so that consumers will have the ability to submit their stories. Whether their damage was from Storm, Fire or Flood Damage, we want to hear your side of the story. We also give you the option as to how you want your name listed with your story, you can select from using your first name, last initial or full name or anonymously, the choice is yours.

The stations selected for this campaign were the following:

KTST, The Twister 101.9 FM

KBRU, The Brew 94.7 FM

KTOK News Radio 1000 AM

Click here if you would like to listen to these raido spots.

Nov 162010
 

It doesn’t cost anything for InsuranceBusters.net to review your claim.  When you consider that 99% of all claims are underpaid, then there is a strong possibility that your claim was underpaid.  So if you feel as though you’re not in the 1%, then you need to let InsuranceBusters.net perform their free review of your claim.  How you do this is the easy part, we’re easy to find.  You can call us toll free at 877.41.4BUST, you can send us an email at info@insurancebusters.net or visit our website at www.InsuranceBusters.net.  Once there, click on the Documents tab.  Under that tab you’ll find all the documents that correspond with your state, click on that link and you’ll be able to print all documents necessary as well as a checklist of items needed for us to work on your claim properly.

Now for the best part, InsuranceBusters.net will advise and assist you in the preparation of building damage assessment reports, estimates, inventories, and other factual proofs of loss. We will handle all the necessary details for compiling and filing claims, as required by the terms of your insurance policies. We will also meet and confer with the insurance company representatives and handle all negotiations essential to proper, satisfactory, and equitable adjustment of your claim. We’ll even spend our own money and time documenting and resolving your claim before we are paid anything.  We are not paid until money is collected from the insurance company.

So with that said, what are you waiting for?  Pick up the phone, visit our website or send us an email.  Either way, don’t put it off any longer.  If you were underpaid and chances are very good that you were, then you need to let InsurnaceBusters.net do a free review of your claim.

 

 

Nov 092010
 

After a complete study of the first 100 cases, Cal Spoon has confirmed his suspicions, the Insurance companies either denied or underpaid or both, on 99% of all claims. The Insurance companies offered approximately $375,000.00, to date InsuranceBusters.net has recovered over $2 million, and are still processing over $2 million. This is very real and it affects 99 out 100. Which group are you in? Out of 100 claims, they only came close on one! You should be Angry, Very ANGRY! Help us fight back, all you have to do is call 877-41-2Bust, or visit www.VictimsofInsuranceAbuse.net and read some of the stories.

Nov 082010
 

After spending the last few weeks contacting clients about sharing their stories on our other site, VictimsOfInsuranceAbuse.net, I have noticed a very common theme with regards to the problems with their insurance companies.  The insurance companies like to say NO…..

These are the same insurance companies that will let you pay and pay your premiums all the while knowing that if you file a claim, they are going to do their best not to pay you what you deserve.  One man that I spoke to said that he’d been paying his premiums since 1984 and he actually had to call his insurance company three times just to get them to send out someone to look at the damage that was caused by two tornadoes. (You can read his story by clicking here.) Then when they finally did come out, he was told that they would only pay for one side of his house.  When he protested, they agreed on two maybe three, but the fourth side would have to be filed as a separate claim.  After filing the claim for the remaining side, his insurance company then increased his rates almost double from what they had been because, you ready for this, he filed two claims within a 12 month time frame.  They didn’t tell him that would happen when they advised him to file the second claim for the remaining side of his house.

Stories like this are repeated over and over.  When it comes to filing a claim with your insurance company, they are going to do whatever they can to say NO and discourage you.  Whether it’s the entire claim or just a majority of the claim, they want and will say NO.  They don’t care how long you have been a client, loyalty means nothing.  This is where insurance companies have become experts in the industry, working claims.  They hire professionals whose sole purpose is to work your claim down and keep their profits up.

So, based on everything learned, does it make sense to fight your insurance company on your own, NO.  Let InsuranceBusters.net work for you, we’re trained and licensed to work on your behalf to get the most that we can from your claim.  We do not get paid unless you do.  So if you’re tired of your insurance company telling you NO, then click here and let us go to work for you.