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In Florida Property Insurance, Insurance Industry, News Article on May 24, 2013 at 1:32

When fire fighters get the initial call, public adjusters are not far behind them. Public adjusters are present and their chief goal is to get money.  Lauderhill Fire-Rescue lieutenant Jerry Gonzalez says, “They are very aggressive…We’ve had to warn residents to be careful of these guys”. In simper terms, among the group at the fire scenes are public adjusters who promise to guide you through the trapeze of an insurance-claim process. They listen to police scanners to get informed about the incidents and then they typically blend themselves into the crowd at the scene in order to persuade people that they need additional assistance.

Public adjusters are generally allowed to charge 10 percent to 20 percent of a claim payout. Prior to 2004, there were fewer than 400 licensed public adjusters, but according to the states department of financial services, the number of registered adjusters has flourished to more than 2,000. Multiple laws have been enacted to help fix this problem but people continue to complain. “There are bad public adjusters out there,” Boardman said. “But a good public adjuster is going to make sure that the money that is recovered from the insurance company is there for you to get back in your house. Victims can’t do this by themselves.” Opinions regarding this issue and the steps people take to overcome it remain diverse.

For more details read the Sun-Sentinel article here. 

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