Welcome to Adjusters International Chicago, Illinois Public Adjusters
With more than 40 offices across the United States and Canada, Adjusters International is one of the nation's largest and most respected providers of public insurance adjusting and disaster recovery consulting services. With our newly expanded presence in downtown Chicago, Adjusters International is capable of quickly fielding a team of public adjusters and disaster recovery experts in response to any major disaster throughout the Midwest.
Our public adjusting division focuses on guiding our clients to a full and equitable insurance settlement in the aftermath of a fire, tornado, flood, or other disaster. Public adjusters work on behalf of insured clients—not insurance companies—to prepare and settle their property damage claims. Retaining the services of a public adjuster immediately after an occurrence increases the policyholder's opportunity to take full advantage of any alternatives available within their insurance policy.
Adjusters International provides disaster consulting services with a specialization in guiding FEMA grantees and applicants through the FEMA Public Assistance program in the wake of a major disaster. Our consultants have years of disaster recovery experience and have a thorough knowledge of both insurance and the FEMA Public Assistance program, and how each work together and complement each other.
About Adjusters International
Adjusters International specializes in commercial claims and has a sophisticated staff of adjusters prepared to handle any claim from the seemingly standard to the most complex claims. The company's in-depth knowledge of insurance adjusting and the FEMA Public Assistance Program is a direct result of their management of claims resulting from the nation's most serious disasters, such as the Oklahoma City bombing, World Trade Center bombing, 9-11-2001 event, and every major hurricane, earthquake and flood of the past quarter century. Adjusters International has offices throughout the United States and Canada and has had a strong presence in the greater Chicago area for over 20 years.
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Adjusting Today Approved for a Second Continuing Education Course!
Globe Midwest Adjusters International is pleased to announce a second continuing education course has been developed based on Adjusting Today material! To accomplish this, we have again partnered ...
Globe Midwest Adjusters International is pleased to announce a second continuing education course has been developed based on Adjusting Today material! To accomplish this, we have again partnered with The Institutes. Entitled “Natural Disasters: Coverage Issues,” the course is based on the following four editions of Adjusting Today:
- “Contingent Business Interruption Issues Following Disasters in Japan,” by Tony D’Amico and Harvey Goodman;
- “Japan Earthquake a Wake-Up Call for Contingent Business Interruption Coverage,” by Don Malecki;
- “Earthquake Insurance: What’s Your Exposure,” by Bob Prahl; and
- “Hurricanes and Windstorm Coverage,” by Keith Hayman
A seven-module course, it is offered to property insurance producers, adjusters or both, depending on the state. The course has already been approved in 44 states and provides attendees with up to three continuing education credits. It is offered at www.CEU.com.
About The Institutes
The Institutes, located in Malvern, PA, develops curriculum; writes, edits and publishes textbooks and other study materials; and develops, administers and grades examinations for people in the property and casualty insurance and financial services business. They certify their level of knowledge of specific areas of insurance such as underwriting, claims adjusting, risk management, reinsurance, and premium auditing through setting examination standards in those fields. The Institutes is the leader in delivering proven knowledge solutions that drive powerful business results for the risk management and property-casualty insurance industry. Their knowledge solutions include the CPCU designation program; associate designation programs in areas such as claims, risk management, underwriting, and reinsurance; introductory and foundation programs; online courses; research; custom solutions; assessment tools; and continuing education (CE) courses for licensed insurance professionals and adjusters through their CEU.com compliance unit. The Institutes are affiliated with the CPCU Society, a community of credentialed insurance professionals who promote excellence through their technical expertise and ethical behavior and The Griffith Insurance Education Foundation, a non-profit educational organization that promotes the study and teaching of risk management and insurance. www.TheInstitutes.org.
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Homeowners: What to do after a house fire
A house fire can cause property damage, financial hardship, physical injury and emotional harm. Once the fire is extinguished and the smoke has cleared, many homeowners are left ...
A house fire can cause property damage, financial hardship, physical injury and emotional harm. Once the fire is extinguished and the smoke has cleared, many homeowners are left wondering who to contact, and what steps to take to contain the chaos.
- Contact your insurance company immediately — As the insured, you are responsible for filing your claim.
- Secure the property to protect from further damage — Adjusters International/Basloe, Levin & Cuccaro’s Regional Vice President Steven Vanuga states, “The least effective action after a loss is to be overambitious in cleaning up the site. Disposing of the contents before they are accurately documented and proven damaged or destroyed can cost you the claim. You’re required to secure the area to prevent further damage, but do not throw anything away as this is your evidence to support the claim.”
- The owner of the property or a contracted cleaning/restoration company must secure the site to mitigate further damage
- Get organized — Adjusters International’s Director of Consulting Operations, Greg Raab advises homeowners to “Accurately document the contents lost. Typically, the money collected for the lost contents outweighs the amount received for the structural loss or repairs. It is important to be as detailed as possible when creating a home inventory list as the little items add up quickly. Track down photos, receipts, and note the age and description of the items. If you had not previously created a home inventory, this can be very difficult to do from memory. I have personally witnessed cases where public adjusters have found 400+ more items in a kitchen fire that could have been listed that the homeowner otherwise would have missed.”
- Create a home inventory list of all items lost or damaged in the fire
- Fill out a ‘proof of loss claim’
- Keep track of, and notate, all communications between you and the insurance company as well as any receipts related to the loss.
- Replace valuable documents — including but not limited to:
- Adoption decrees, birth/death/marriage certificates, driver’s license(s), immigration documents, income tax return records, insurance policies, marriage dissolution (divorce) records, military records, medical records, mortgage papers, passports, property deeds, savings bonds/notes, Social Security cards, wills, etc. (For more information, see FEMA.gov: Replacing your Important Documents)
- Receive repair estimates
- Hire a public adjuster
- A public adjuster can help you fully recover from the loss and negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf. Public adjusters bring expertise and knowledge to what can be a lengthy and confusing process for many.
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