How does this affect the insurance claim industry in Florida and how Public Adjusters can fight water damage claims?
The recent 2018 partial summary judgement in Hicks vs. American Integrity Insurance Company of Florida is crucially important for all insurance claim adjusters and insureds.
Most policies in Florida have language that states, “We do not insure for loss caused by constant or repeated seepage or leakage of water over a period of 14 or more days.”
If you read the case, there is a partial summary judgement in Hicks favor provided that for losses occurring after the first thirteen days, the burden will be on AIIC (American Integrity Insurance Company) to prove that a particular loss was sustained after the thirteenth day and is therefore not covered under the language of the exclusion provision.”
Here is the ink from Find Law to read more.
You will find it reads, “We therefore reverse the summary judgment entered in favor of AIIC and remand this case to the trial court to enter partial summary judgment in Hicks’s favor on the sole issue of coverage within the first thirteen days of the leak, the extent of the losses to be determined at trial. As for losses occurring after the first thirteen days, the burden will be on AIIC to prove that a particular loss was sustained after the thirteenth day and is therefore not covered under the language of the exclusion provision.
If you suffer pipe burst, slab leak, wax seal toilet leak, water damage, plumbing leak or pipe burst no matter if it is deemed long term seepage or sudden and accidental give Experienced Public Adjusters a call for a free claim review. Contact us Today! (407)-212-8669