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Free Seminars Offered to Settle Sandy Claims

Has your insurance claim stalled? Here's some free help.

Have you had problems settling an insurance claim from Hurricane Sandy? A Toms River attorney is holding property damage claim seminars for those who want to get the process moving.

Attorney Joseph A. Porcelli is holding seminars, on Friday, Jan. 18, and Saturday, Jan. 19, in the Home Time Dairy Conference Room at Toms River's branch of the Ocean County Library on 101 Washington St.

Four seminars will be held each day, at 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.; 11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.; 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. and 2:45 to 4:15 p.m.

"Many people have sustained considerable property damage in the aftermath of Super Storm Sandy and since most property damage claims have not been settled as of yet, there is still plenty of time to seek legal advice prior to reporting a claim or while the claim is being adjudicated," Porcelli said in a statement. "Or, if you are not satisfied with your insurance company’s assessment and consequential reimbursement, there is still time to appeal your insurer’s decision."

The seminars are free, but reservations are required. Call 732-244-4451, 877-529-9191 or email sandyclaims@attorneyporcelli.com by Jan. 16.

grmahigold January 14, 2013 at 04:05 PM
After receiving the claim from my flood insurance adjuster last week i also hired a public adjuster. The numbers they allocate for damages are absurd. They even manage to depreciate labor????? i was hoping the process would be civil, but i had no choice after seeing their numbers. i think they just send the lowest numbers possible and hope that some people just don't fight back!!! i hope elderly residents don't get taken advantage of.
Jeff Marton January 14, 2013 at 06:53 PM
Hiring a Public Adjuster is one way to get more money from the insurance company, the problem is that you give a large percentage of your money to the PA, and the insurance company puts your file to the bottom of the pile, so the money gets delayed. Another way is to hire a reputable insurance restoration contractor that knows how to write a proper estimate for repairs that will be accepted by the insurance company. All of the initial estimates we've seen have been very low initially, but after review, and responding with a proper estimate, ALL have raised the amounts drastically.
piney 53 January 15, 2013 at 02:42 AM
I called my company, got the same run around!! I decided that I would call the adjuster, I told him that they did not have his report! Boy was he mad! I had my final report within the week. I just have to wait for the insurance company to approve it. I hope that it will not be to long!
piney 53 January 15, 2013 at 02:45 AM
I thought the in the state of NJ the adjuster was only allowed to charge 10%. I am not sure about that though...
Luanne J. January 15, 2013 at 03:12 PM
It's my understanding that the MAXIMUM they should be paying for PA fees is 15% (and the range is actually 10% to 15%) and that most public adjusters end up retaining an insurance law attorney to assist the homeowner, which means the homeowner is paying BOTH the PA and the insurance law attorney. It is usually best to go directly to the insurance law attorney.

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