If you are filing a claim, you want to make sure that you get the compensation you deserve. This can be complicated, both because of the details of the policy and the nature of determining how the damage occurred.
At Reliant Insurance Adjusters, we provide the services necessary so you receive full settlement of your claim. Along with offering public adjuster services in Broward County, we also offer appraisal and umpire services. Let me explain when you might need an umpire, as well as the qualities you should look for from that umpire.
When Umpires Are Necessary
When you and your insurance company are not be able to come to an agreement on the amount of your claim, some policies are written with an appraisal and umpire clause, also known as an alternative dispute resolution. An umpire is called in when both the appraiser for you and the insurance company are unable to reach an agreement. Similar to an arbitration agreement, an umpire clause allows for a third-party to come in and resolve the dispute.
The exact process will vary depending on your policy, which is why it is important to speak with an insurance professional. That said, the umpire will typically become part of an appraisal panel, consisting of the umpire, as well as representatives for both the insured and the insurance company. Only two of the three members need to agree to resolve the claim.
How Do You Find the Right Insurance Claims Umpire?
The umpire has a major impact on how much the property owner receives for their claim settlement, which means it is essential to work with an umpire that both parties agree to and trust and who will be fair and unbiased. There are several qualities to look for from any umpire that you are considering:
In most cases, the appraiser for the insurance company and your appraiser, will both have lists of acceptable umpire candidates. They normally share their lists and agree to a mutual and acceptable umpire in the event they are not able to reach an agreement.
Looking for an Umpire or Public Adjuster in Broward County?
You have come to the right place. At Reliant Insurance Adjusters, we are committed to helping our clients receive the proper claim settlement. The claims process can be very complicated and daunting, and we are here to relieve you of the burden.
Whether you have a new, underpaid or denied claim, or you just have a question, we are here to assist. Please do not hesitate to contact us. We are always happy to help you understand your insurance coverage.