Insured California Wildfire Losses May Exceed $6 Billion

California's increasingly-destructive wildfires are estimated to trigger billions of dollars in insurance claims.  As of November 2018, estimates show 15 wildfires in California destroying nearly 7,000 homes and business; 31 people have been killed and nearly 300,000 evacuated.  Beyond the loss of life and property damage implications for typical homeowner's insurance coverage, the fires and …

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Insurance Coverage Uncertain for Hawaii Homeowners After Volcanic Eruption

Hawaii homeowners who incurred damage or lost their homes entirely now face uncertainty over whether their insurance will cover the damage.  The Seattle Times recently interviewed several Hawaii residents who expressed concern over whether they will have any coverage.  The eruption has so far destroyed about two dozen homes on Hawaii's Big Island.  Authorities reported …

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Why Won’t Your Government-Mandated Flood Insurance Pay Your Claims?

CBS’ recent investigation found the federal National Flood Insurance Program (“NFIP”), intended to benefit homeowners caught in flood disasters, actually winds up paying most of its money to help insurers avoid paying claims. The problem is NFIP doesn’t pay flood victims directly.  Instead, NFIP collects premiums and taxpayer dollars, then turns the money over to …

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How Do I Make An Insurance Claim After Wildfires, Floods, Hurricanes or Other Natural Disasters?

Disasters have been in the news a lot in the last 12 months, between west coast wildfires, Texas floods and Florida hurricanes.  Disasters raise a number of insurance issues for policyholders, especially when they’re busy digging out of the wreck already.  Disasters also strain overworked insurance company personnel, who might make hasty guesses about your …

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