How to Deal With Property Insurance Claims After Storms

There are right ways to deal with your insurance company, and there are ways that will slow down the process. Here’s how to do it the right way.

An RV balances on the edge of a river embankment that's about to give way because of flooding.
An RV begins to fall into the Santa Clara River on Feb. 25 near Valencia, Calif., as the ground below it is washed away by flooding due to heavy rain.
(Image credit: Allison Dinner/AFP via Getty Images)

“The ferocious snowstorms that continue to pummel California and much of the nation have resulted in massive insurance claims by thousands of business and property owners — and often this is the first time they have ever been faced with filing property insurance claims,” says Los Angeles-based Karl Susman, an insurance broker for over 30 years and an expert witness in lawsuits involving coverage and agent-malpractice issues.

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H. Dennis Beaver, Esq.
Attorney at Law, Author of "You and the Law"

After attending Loyola University School of Law, H. Dennis Beaver joined California's Kern County District Attorney's Office, where he established a Consumer Fraud section. He is in the general practice of law and writes a syndicated newspaper column, "You and the Law." Through his column he offers readers in need of down-to-earth advice his help free of charge. "I know it sounds corny, but I just love to be able to use my education and experience to help, simply to help. When a reader contacts me, it is a gift."