Ravaging storms cause a spike in insurance claims

Ravaging storms cause a spike in insurance claims

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

The insurance claims are falling from the sky following the rash of severe storms this past week. State farm alone reports as many as 820 auto claims and 700 homeowner claims in our area, some providers are deploying additional manpower, even calling it a catastrophic event.

"There were a lot of damaged roofs and sky lights," said Brooke Wootan, an insurance agent for Progressive. "There were also a lot of commercial businesses that have had their roofs damaged and windows broken." 

Wootan said now is the time to reach out and start the claim process for storm damage, find out what your deductible is and repair any small damage you can in order to prevent any additional damage. She said insurance companies understand customers' concerns and are constantly working to handle each claim as it comes in. 

"They know that there is going to be a lot of claims filed," said Wootan. "Most of the major carriers have already sent people down here to this area to start looking and get to these claims as soon as possible."

The initial contact with the insurance adjuster will usually take two or three business days. Once the claim is submitted each damaged home or vehicle repair will be fixed on a case by case basis some may take more time than others. 

Severe weather damage also tends to drive in many scammers who say they can do repairs for a cheaper price or a better deal Wootan recommends to beware before saying yes. 

 

 

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