Superstorm Sandy - Claim Help
Attention home and business owners impacted by Sandy:
Great news! The NFIP extended the Sandy proof of loss deadline to April 2014.
Read UP's Insurance-Related Sandy Deadlines Alert to for more information.
If your home or business were damaged or destroyed in Superstorm Sandy, you can access information and tools through United Policyholders' Roadmap to Recovery® program for overcoming challenges with property, flood and auto insurance claims and reaching a fair settlement.
Common challenges include disputes over deductibles, depreciation, repair methods and costs, rotating/inexperienced adjusters, scams, flood policy limits, water and mold damage exclusions/caps and the "anti-concurrent causation" clause that has deprived hundreds of thousands of consumers of insurance benefits they reasonably expected would protect them after a disaster.
Scroll down for key tips and a menu of resources. With support from the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief fund, in 2013 we are hosting educational workshops in partnership with long term recovery groups throughout the state.
|Superstorm Sandy Claim Help Library|
This library is for property and business owners, policyholder advocates, elected officials and the media. The Library contains tips, articles, bulletins, forms, reports, statistics, links and a wealth of information.
Here is a partial list of claim tips and resources United Policyholders is offering those affected by Superstorm Sandy:
Key Insurance Claim Tips:
- Focus on completely inventorying and valuing all damage and costs to repair or replace your property, regardless of your insurance situation.
- Keep a diary of conversations with insurance, repair, government and other professionals.
- Flood policies have different rules than home policies.
- If you did not have flood insurance, there may still be Sandy damage that should be covered under your home policy, depending on how it is written. Examples could be wind-driven rain, sewage backup due to electrical failure of a pump or other device, other damage due to power outages or surges.
- Give your home and/or flood insurer a chance to do the right thing, but advocate for yourself and get help from the NJ DOI and/or experienced professionals if you feel you’re not being treated fairly.
- If a home or flood insurance adjuster says damage isn’t covered, but you feel it should be, get an independent professional opinion before giving up on getting some or all of your claim paid.
Insurance Recovery Information, Tools and Resources
- Superstorm Sandy: First Steps and UP Resources
- Top Ten Insurance Claim Tips
- Flood Insurance Claim Tips
- After a hurricane - Insurance claim tips and useful information
- Roadmap to Recovery Tools Request Form - "Road tested" tools to help document your loss
- Contents Claim Tips - For Recovering the Costs of Repairing and Replacing Damaged/Destroyed Household Items
- Insurance Recovery Tips for the Dwelling Part of Your Claim- How to collect the full amount your insurer owes you for what it would reasonably cost to repair/rebuild
- The Scoop on Scope (of Loss)
- Speak UP: How to communicate with your insurance company
- Mold Damage Guide - Information about resources about mold damage
- Sample Claim and Proof of Loss Form
- Resolving Flood Insurance Disputes
- National Flood Insurance Program Proofs of Loss, Damage Estimates and Supplemental Claims
Roadmap to Recovery Workshop
Topics: Flood and Homeowners Insurance
Tuesday, June 25th @6pm
Monday, June 24th @6:30pm
Roadmap to Recovery Workshop
Saturday April 13th at 10 am
Co-presenter: Rutgers Law School Professor Jay Feinman
Hope for New Jersey
March 9, 2013 @10am-4pm
United Policyholders will be providing
- FAQ's for reNEW Jersey Stronger
- New York Hurricane Sandy Disaster Recovery Resources
- National Flood Insurance Program - Summary of Coverage - This document was prepared by the NFIP to help you understand your flood insurance policy
- State by State Assistance - Find specific information for your state
- Claim Help Library - Search for tips and information on insurance claims, legal matters and the rebuilding/repair proces
- Hiring Professional Help - Read our before you sign on the dotted line
Water Damage Library archive This Library was originally created after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 as a resource for property and business owners, policyholder advocates, elected officials and the media. It is designed to explain and help solve insurance claim problems faced by home and business owners after large scale catastrophes. The Library contains tips, articles, bulletins, forms, reports, statistics, links and a wealth of information.
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