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In the last several years, devastating wildfires have caused significant damage across much of the United States, and each year the wildfire season seems worse than the last. Loss valuation, claims handling, and coverage disputes on partial and total wildfire losses raise a multitude of issues for professionals assisting impacted property owners. This 90-minute program will feature three policyholder advocates who are on the cutting-edge of advancing the claims and legal rights of property owners impacted by wildfires.
Please join nationally recognized policyholder advocate Amy Bach (United Policyholders) in conversation with Bob Bonaparte (OR) and Dylan Schaffer (CA). Both Bonaparte and Schaffer have extensive experience litigating and trying insurance coverage and bad faith cases for wildfire victims. Bach’s organization has been assisting wildfire survivors with insurance claims and recovery challenges since 1991.
This program will address issues related to inspection, testing, and proof challenges with smoke and extreme heat damage to homes, businesses, and residents’ health. The panel will also cover strategies, laws, and remedies for representing underinsured clients, countering lowballing on repair and rebuild estimates, and addressing new limitations and exclusions in policy forms and unreasonable and illegal adjusting practices.
The steadily increasing number of major and total loss wildfire claims that insurers have been processing in recent years has led to new limits and exclusions in policy forms, as well as practices that can unfairly impact property owners and impede repairs, rebuilding, and recovery.
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