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Stop Treating Citizen's Property Insurance Policyholders Like Second Class Citizens.
The attached file is from the Florida Association of Public Adjusters Facebook page. MORE

Angered Citizens policyholder releases folk song in protest
An unhappy Citizens Insurance Property Insurance Corp. customer has written a song in protest to the state-run insurer, after it dropped coverage of his carport. MORE

Burned Beyond Recognition
It’s no secret that Citizens Property Insurance Corporation routinely treats policyholders like numbers on a page. Despite its title as the state’s largest property insurer, Citizens consistently gets the most complaints from policyholders, earning a reputation as the worst property insurance company in the state -- and in a state like Florida, that’s really saying something.MORE

The Ten Worst Insurance Companies
To identify the worst insurance companies for consumers, researchers at the American Association for Justice (AAJ) undertook a comprehensive investigation of thousands of court documents, SEC and FBI records, state insurance department investigations and complaints, news accounts from across the country, and the testimony and depositions of former insurance agents and adjusters. Read all about the Ten Worst Insurance Companies. MORE

Citizens settles over storm suit
Citizens Property Insurance has been sued hundreds of times over insurance claims resulting from the 2004 and 2005 hurricanes, but it's doubtful many of the disputes have been as contentious as the one brought by North Miami resident David Leven.

Leven sued Citizens for breach of contract in 2006 because it would only pay to repair rather than replace his home's roof, which was damaged by a falling tree limb during Hurricane Wilma in 2005. The roof leaked and later collapsed. That spawned mold and mildew, which Leven said aggravated a severe respiratory illness.  Leven, who has remained in the house because he said he couldn't afford to move out, uses a breathing machine several times a day. MORE

Adjusters provide pay or pressure
We receive several cases a year from Mr. Besserman. Cases from Mr. Besserman are substantial in value and result in awards many times the carrier's original offer. Mr. Besserman makes an honest attempt to quicly resolve claims as a Public Adjuster. As stated by Mr. Besserman, not all claims end with an expeditious and equitable resolution during his pendency of representation of a property owner..

We see cases that go unresolved due to the stubborn nature of a carrier or the adjuster representing that particular carrier to fully pay the values claimed. Mr. Besserman is a gifted professional Public Adjuster who makes every attempt to fully resolve cases before they end up being referred to us for "appraisal."  MORE

Attorney General files lawsuit against six large insurance companies alleging price-fixing
Attorney General Charles Foti filed a lawsuit in Orleans Parish Civil District Court late Wednesday alleging collusion, price-fixing and anti-trust violations by six major insurance companies - including Allstate and State Farm - as well as the firms that manufacture their claims-processing software, and the companies that offer them advice or collect their data. MORE

Consumer group rips insurance industry
Claim: Companies overcharge an average of $870 per U.S. household. U.S. insurance companies systematically overcharge customers and underpay home and auto claims to pad their already-fat bottom lines, a consumer group said Thursday. MORE

Homeowners battle insurance companies over loss claims
Claim: After the devastation of the California wildfires last October and record damage from hurricane Katrina, you'd think the homeowners insurance industry would be struggling. But you'd be wrong. Insurance companies are reeling in record profits -- making more money than at any time in their history. MORE

State Farm threatened to fire an engineering firm if it didn't have its reports blame water for damage, e-mails say.
NEW ORLEANS -- Attorneys for homeowners suing State Farm Insurance Cos. after Hurricane Katrina long have accused the insurer of pressuring engineers to alter reports on storm-damaged homes so that policyholders' claims could be denied. MORE


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