Adjusters International, the largest public insurance adjusting firm in
the Pacific Northwest, is offering insurance claim review assistance at
no-cost for victims of the Washington State wildfires and Carlton
Complex Fire, to help maximize and expedite their insurance claim
settlements. Company representatives are in the area and available
24-hours a day to provide insurance policy reviews, strategic roadmaps
to recovery as well as a personal property primer.
Still burning, Washington State's wildfires have forced hundreds of
people to evacuate. President Obama has declared a state of emergency,
thus making federal funds available to victims in the region. As soon as
it is safe to return to the area, the work of disaster recovery begins.
Property damage from wildfires is very different from a regular
structure fire due to the intense heat from the combination of burning
structures and vegetation. This intense heat creates visible property
damage but also penetrates and damages foundations, underground
electrical lines and plumbing, pumps, etc. The destruction of trees and
landscaping creates the delayed risk of erosion that can render the
property unfit for recontruction or even for sale. It is imperative
that disaster victims educate themselves to understand their rights and
what their insurance policies cover.
"It's the hidden property damage that makes wildfires even more
difficult for victims when they try to submit an insurance claim by
themselves," says Steve Severaid, SPPA, a principal with Adjusters
International. "Too often policyholders only include the obvious
property damage in their insurance claim, and later realize that
significant damage was overlooked - when it's too late to claim it.
That's where our expertise is so beneficial."
These wildfires share similarities with numerous others where Adjusters
International helped victims in the aftermath, including Arizona's
Wallow, Monument, and Horseshoe 2 fires; the devastating Angora Fire of
2007; as well as the massive Oakland Hills Fire of 1991.
About Adjusters International: The nation's leading public
insurance adjusting firm, Adjusters International professionals work on
behalf of policyholders - not insurance companies - in assessing
property damage and preparing insurance claims. Our licensed adjusters,
estimators and personal property inventory specialists have expertise in
the regional particularities affecting every type of disaster and
property loss claim, resulting in thousands of satisfied clients
throughout its 42-year history. Adjusters International's
representatives can be reached at 1-800-248-3888 or aipnw.com.
Available for media appearances or interviews: Steve Severaid,
SPPA, is a principal of Adjusters International. With more than 25 years
of professional experience, Severaid offers expert-level insight into
disasters and insurance claim issues. As a Senior Professional Public
Adjuster (SPPA), he is a member of the National Association of Public
Insurance Adjusters. A licensed public insurance adjuster in 20 states,
he is regularly invited to share his views as an expert on the topics of
major property damage, insurance claims, and disaster recovery.
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