Tips for Disaster Survivors
- Written by Lila Hayes Zubik
Insurance negotiations are different than a standard negotiation such as when buying a car or trying to get a raise.
For example, when asking for a raise, one strategy might be to ask for more than you're willing to settle on. For example, if you make $20 an hour and want $25 an hour you might walk in asking for $30 an hour and be okay when you get $24.50.
When negotiating an insurance claim, you can not use this strategy. You need hard evidence that your claim is what it is and you can not budge because your evidence is solid. In fact, if you have a $500,000 claim and start at $650,000 just to "get down" to $500,000 the insurance company might be able to invalidate your entire claim because you fraudulently claimed $650,000 when you weren't owed this amount.
This difference is because you entered into the contract, or policy, before the claim and you already agreed on "replacement" and no more. What is "replacement"? Most people were told by their insurance company how much insurance they needed and that it would be plenty in case of a loss. If you have a loss and are finding they were wrong then come to our meetings or contact us for a policy/claim review.
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