Manufacturing Insurance Claims Help

 

…Time and again you had the creative solution, the tough negotiating point, or the quick response necessary to keep our insurance claim on track with the insurance adjusters. I am convinced that without your unflagging enthusiasm for this claim we would not have settled as quickly, nor for as much as we ultimately did. …

Richard Q. Russeth
The Pillsbury Company

Your plant suffered serious damage and you are wondering what to do next. You call your insurance company and wait for an adjuster to come out hoping they will have your best interests at heart. After all, they accepted your premium for years in a very nice way. Now you expect that they will “do the right thing.”

Manufacturing Insurance Claims

You will soon discover that you’ve moved from the asset side of your insurance company’s ledger (you paying your premiums on time) to the liability side of their ledger (they need to pay you for your damages). Often, the money they owe you now will far exceed any premium payment you paid or would pay in the future.

Knowing everything you possibly can about the “fine print” of your insurance policy before you have any substantial dialogue with your insurer is an absolute necessity. In order to get a full settlement, you must first know what you are covered for and how to claim it. What you say to your insurance company’s adjuster and how you say it can make a dramatic difference in how much you get paid. The more you know, the better the results.

Factors to Consider

When filing a manufacturing insurance claim, there are many factors that need to be taken into consideration. To help you navigate the process, we have put together several talking points for you to review. Having a full understanding of each of the below bullet points is crucial to documenting, filing, and successfully settling your insurance claim. If any of these questions give you pause, please feel free to reach out to us for a no-cost discussion about your claim.

  • Frequently insurance companies use independent building and equipment consultants to prepare bids. Who are these consultants? Who are they working for? Do they only work for insurance companies? Why this should be a red flag.
  • Is there coinsurance in your policy?
    • If there is, what does it mean?
    • If there is, did your insurance adjuster tell you? If not, why not?
    • How is coinsurance calculated on replacement cost? On actual cash value?
    • Properly managing coinsurance can prevent disaster. Not properly managing coinsurance can put you out of business!

Additional Items to Consider

  • Replacing versus repairing production lines. Pros and cons.
  • Increased efficiency and productivity with new equipment. Does the insurance company get a “credit?”
  • Temporary production in other owned or non-owned locations? What happens at the end of your claim?
  • How does the smoke and the water used to fight the fire affect your machinery? Your computers and other electronics?
  • Hazardous materials such as asbestos and lead can be expensive to address. Make sure your insurance carrier does not cut corners when addressing this issue.
  • Code Upgrade coverage is very important when rebuilding after a fire. How does your coverage address codes? If your coverage is limited, is there anything you can do about it?
  • Warranties and Protective Safeguard Requirements. What do they mean? What if you are not in full compliance? Can you still collect?
  • Valuation of raw materials. Work In progress. Finished goods. Methodologies employed.
  • What happens when the insurance company engages a forensic accountant?
    • What is his/her role?
    • Why can’t your accountant just prepare your claim?
    • What is the harm in sharing your financial statements?
    • Are you required to produce your tax returns?
    • Can you recast your financial statements? If so, why?
  • What are expediting expenses? How do they differ from extra expenses?
  • What are extra expenses? What can be included?
  • Can you continue to pay your employees?
    • “Ordinary” employees versus “key” employees. How do they get classified? What is covered?
  • How do you project lost sales? What about new products? Sales declines?
  • What is the difference between Actual Loss Sustained and Sales Value of Production and how it affects your claim?
  • Coinsurance clauses in loss of income coverage can lead to disastrous results when including labor expenses in the cost of goods manufactured and exclude those labor expenses in the business interruption evaluation.
  • What is your broker or agent’s role?
    • Will he/she be adjusting the claim?
    • How many claims has he/she handled?
    • Will his/her role be active or passive?
    • When faced with supporting your position or the insurance company’s, where will he/she stand?
  • See the commercial “Factors to Consider” for more you need to know about commercial insurance claims.

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Since 1946, The Greenspan Co./Adjusters International has been actively helping manufacturers recover from catastrophic damage which, if not handled properly, might put them out of business. Don’t let the insurance company take advantage of you, and give you less than you deserve under the terms of your policy. With our years of experience and knowledge combined, our experts will secure the maximum allowable recovery from your claim, while allowing you to do what you do best…focus on your business.

Our team will help you get everything you’re entitled to by:

  • evaluating your policy to establish the best possible strategy for presenting your claim to the carrier;
  • valuing, documenting and substantiating every detail;
  • negotiating on your behalf with your insurance company;
  • keeping you informed every step of the way; and
  • ultimately settling the claim for the maximum amount and with less hassle for you.

Our focus during the recovery process is on the well-being of your business. And it stays that way until everything is back in pre-loss condition. We have a long list of satisfied clients who put their trust in our expertise and who can attest to the fact that we stick by our core principles, the first of which is to always look out for our clients’ best interests. We are proud to put you in touch with our references. Chances are you will recognize many of them. Read what they wrote about us. After all, who really knows better than someone who has been through it before?

Contact us today for more information.

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