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Earthquake Damage Claims: Understanding Your Coverage and How We Can Help


In the wake of the recent 4.8-magnitude earthquake centered near Whitehouse Station, New Jersey, property owners across the Tri-State area are reassessing their preparedness for such unexpected events. This seismic activity felt across New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut has highlighted the critical need for comprehensive earthquake property damage coverage.

The Importance of Earthquake Property Damage Coverage

Earthquake property damage coverage is a specialized form of property insurance designed to provide homeowners, condo/co-op boards, and commercial property owners with protection against damages caused by earthquakes. While not all policies are alike, understanding the specifics of your coverage, including exclusions, deductibles, and limits, is crucial to ensuring your property is adequately protected.

Coverage Variances and Policy Reviews

Our findings from a detailed review of various insurance policies post-earthquake reveal significant variances in coverage:

  • Condo Master Policies in Manhattan may carry large deductibles for earthquakes without outright exclusions, indicating potential coverage with substantial out-of-pocket costs before reimbursement kicks in.
  • Cooperative Unit Homeowner Policies might exclude earthquake damage unless an optional coverage endorsement is added, which could provide loss assessment coverage with increased limits.
  • Commercial Policies for cooperative buildings in lower Manhattan may include earthquake damage coverage with a percentage-based deductible, highlighting the need for a careful policy review to understand potential financial responsibilities.

The United Public Adjusters & Appraisers Advantage

At United Public Adjusters & Appraisers, Inc., we specialize in helping property owners navigate the complexities of their earthquake policy coverage. Our services include:

  • Complimentary Policy Reviews: We provide a thorough analysis of your current policy to identify potential gaps in coverage and advise on necessary adjustments to ensure comprehensive protection.
  • Expert Claims Management: In the event of an earthquake damage claim, our team of experienced public adjusters will manage the entire earthquake damage claims process, from documentation and assessment to negotiation and settlement, ensuring you receive a fair and expedient resolution.
  • Advocacy and Support: We serve as your advocate, working solely on behalf of policyholders, not insurance carriers. Our goal is to ensure your interests are protected and your property is restored to its pre-loss condition.

Looking Ahead: Navigating Changes in the Coverage Landscape

The recent earthquake event may lead to adjustments in policy terms and increased premiums for property owners in the affected areas. Since coverage premiums represent a significant expense for building budgets, the decision on how to proceed with earthquake coverage will be critical.

Contact Us

If you’re concerned about your current earthquake policy coverage or have experienced damage from the recent seismic event and wish assistance with your earthquake damage claim, reach out to United Public Adjusters & Appraisers, Inc. today. Let our team provide you with the support and expertise needed to navigate these challenging times and protect your property investment.


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