DOMESTIC BURGLARY INSURANCE CLAIMS

The discovery that someone has violated the privacy of your home or business is traumatic, and the distress that invariably arises when you’re making an insurance claim can be as bad as or even worse than the actual incident.

So often the written statement that insurance loss adjusters demand of you regarding the circumstances of the burglary leaves you, the innocent victim, feeling like the criminal rather than the victim. The onus of proving ownership and its value will always rest with you, and if you don’t have the receipts and valuations to back up your claim, then there is every possibility that your Insurers will not pay you out.

At Salmon Assessors, we have dealt with thousands of domestic burglary insurance claims over 30-years. We guarantee to get you every single penny you are entitled to. No Win, No Fee.

OUR INSURANCE CLAIM SERVICES

Fully Managed Burglary Claims

Burglary claims require expert management from start to finish. Your insurance company will employ a Loss Assessor whose sole purpose is to build a case against your claim.

By employing an expert Loss Assessor to fight your corner. You can focus on doing what you do best while we do what we do best.

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Under-Insurance

Your insurers will do all in their power to find ways to pay you less than you are owed. A very typical method used is something called “Averaging”, they try to prove that you do not have sufficient cover, which allows them to pay a small fraction of what you could get.

It is of the utmost importance that a Loss Assessor is employed as early as possible to ensure the maximum settlement.

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No Win No Fee

We work on a total ‘no win, no fee’ basis. Our fees are based on a small percentage of the total settlement figure so it is in our mutual interest to ensure we achieve the maximum settlement on your behalf.

Our initial consultation is undertaken without any obligation or charge whatsoever.

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Highest Settlement

We are regarded as the leading loss assessors in the industry and have over 30-years of successful trading history to show for it. A huge part of the work we get comes from repeat business or recommendation.

There is no other loss assessor that will be able to get you more than Salmon Assessors.

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Settled Quickly and Efficiently

We receive countless enquiries from potential clients with claims that have been dragging on for months and months (sometimes years).

By employing Salmon Assessors, you can rest assure that your claim will be presented and settled in the quickest time possible.We will never let the insurance company delay.

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Insurance Experts

Insurance companies will always try to bend the rules if it favours giving you the smallest possible payout.

Our expertise is vital in stopping insurers ‘pulling the wool over our clients’ eyes. There are always new rules and regulations set to help the policyholder, and our job is to make sure they are put in place.

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PEACE OF MIND.

WE DO WHAT WE DO BEST, SO YOU CAN DO WHAT YOU DO BEST.

ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT BURGLARY CLAIMS

The insurer’s appointed loss adjuster may try to claim as being impartial and independent, but our experience doesn’t. Indeed, at a lecture the Insurance Ombudsman himself told his audience of loss adjusters that it’s easy to see why people are wary of loss adjusters; “You always say how independent you are but, when there is a problem, you always weigh in favour of the insurance company”.

Salmon Assessors will formulate and negotiate your claim so we can get you the maximum entitlement under the terms of the policy.

Salmon Assessors will deal with all of the repairs that need to be made to your home, and we will help you substantiate everything that has been stolen. We have expert valuers within the company, and we don’t have to go out seeking third party valuations. Remember, we’re on your side, and we will not take any nonsense that the insurance company may throw at you. We are not independent; we are fiercely your best ally to get your claim quickly paid.

It is not uncommon, when your insurers validate your jewellery loss, for the value of the replacement jewellery to far exceed the valuables limit that appears on your policy. They often write to their insured confirming that “had they been aware of the value of your replacement jewellery they would not have offered you policy cover” and for this reason, they may avoid your policy and not pay your claim. Many policyholders have contacted Salmon Assessors, having been in this situation, and we have been very successful in negotiating with our client’s insurers whereby they have reversed their decision and have paid the valuables limit. This is only one example where insurers are trying to avoid paying domestic burglary insurance claims, and should you be in this position we can mostly certainly “help you get your claim paid”.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

In the unlikely event that you haven’t done so already, please telephone the local police and request a crime reference number. This is vital and will be requested by your insurers. Then contact a locksmith or glazier to secure the point of intruder entry.

By this time, you are likely to have made a small list of items that you found to be missing and the police will ask you to give them a copy of that list. It is most important you make very clear both verbally and in writing at the bottom of the missing items list that it is not necessarily an exhaustive list of every stolen item from every room. The list should be considered temporary until such time that you are able to carefully check your whole home.

So often, we find that victims of domestic burglaries give the police a list without suggesting that it has been drawn up in a rush and when they discover within the next week or so other items that were not so obvious are not in their place, insurers are very likely to consider the burglary insurance claim “suspect”. This can have a great and ominous effect in the administration of your claim and your insurers are also likely to appoint an Investigator to ask questions. Once again, all this could be avoided by simply writing those few words on your list of missing items.

Telephone your insurance company and get the name of the person you speak to in their claims department and ask them for a reference number. They will confirm that if the claim is large enough they will be instructing a Loss Adjuster to contact you in due course. This is the ideal time to instruct a Loss Assessor (we hope, us!) We will then telephone the Loss Adjusters directly and hopefully get them to visit your property far quicker than if you had telephoned them yourself. Please note that our meeting you before you meet the Insurance Company’s representative is not absolutely essential but ideally, we like to be at your home at the first meeting with the adjusters.

Please be mindful that it is essential that you inform the police and your insurers within hours of finding out you have been burgled. Insurance companies can, and often do, repudiate a claim if they feel that they have not been notified in good time.

You don’t, we do! Our function is to make an easily and acceptable formatted Schedule of everything that you have had stolen. We check the Schedule twice before sending it to you for final signature and then we forward it to the Loss Adjuster. More often than not, because Loss Adjusters have a very heavy workload dealing with a lot of very small claims (we only handle claims of £10,000 or more) they tend to take an age to get back to you with an offer. Because we are dealing with Loss Adjusters every day of the week, we are often able to cut through the “red tape” and dramatically shorten the wait for payment.

So long as you are not very under-insured, we are likely to get payment for everything you have had stolen. However, and importantly, this is all down to getting the correct valuations.

Don’t think for a second that the Loss Adjuster is simply going to pay you out on your opinion of the valuation of something that, because it’s been stolen, cannot be seen and inspected. This is where Salmon Assessors come in very handy because we have our own in-house valuation team and, more often than not, our valuations are accepted by the Loss Adjusters as accurate. There’s a reason for this. Over 35 years Salmon Assessors have gained a reputation for professionalism amongst insurance companies and Loss Adjusters which helps us in our negotiations on your behalf.

Good question, and we hope an equally good answer. There’s a lovely old saying that goes, “The strongest doesn’t always win the fight and the fastest doesn’t always win the race, but that’s where the smart money goes”. In short, we do not do anything other than negotiate insurance claims. We don’t sell insurance. We are simply master insurance claim negotiators… nothing more and nothing less. It is important to understand that your own insurance company is employing third party insurance claim experts, i.e. the Loss Adjusters, to negotiate any large claim on their behalf. And the reason? It’s because the insurance company does not hold itself out to be a claim negotiator. In much the same way, you, the claimant, would be considered very unlucky indeed if you had to make more than two or three large claims in a lifetime. We, as insurance Loss Assessors, handle 10 or more new and large home burglary claims every couple of weeks and our experience is second to none. We know our way around the insurance claims industry very well and, in much the same way that the Loss Adjuster is, it could be said, being paid to reduce your claim on behalf of your insurers, we are doing everything possible to get you the highest possible settlement. You would not dream of going to court to defend yourself without a Solicitor, and we hope that you will agree that something as important as a large insurance claim should be treated in expert hands on your behalf, just like the insurance company are leaving it to their experts. (Isn’t it strange how the vast majority of insurance claims are worth far more than minor court claims but one seeks expert representation for the minor court claim but, more often than not, does not seek expert representation to help them get the largest possible settlement). Please, do not make the misguided mistake of thinking that the Loss Adjuster has been sent to help you by your insurers. He hasn’t. He is there to represent their interests and to ensure that the extent of their liability is restricted by clever negotiation.

Certainly, our repeat clients (and 60-70% of our clients are either repeat or recommendations) would not use us if we achieved a lower settlement than they could get themselves! The fact remains that if we achieved much the same as you could get yourself, we could argue that the time we have spent handling and negotiating the claim leaving you to do what you are best at is good value in itself. However, we know for a fact that we are able to achieve an average in the order of 20-30% more than you as a non-insurance claim expert would be able to achieve yourself and as we have said previously, we are totally incentivised by how much we can get you. The more we get for you, the more we take from you and the quicker we get your money, the quicker we get paid! We assure you that there could not be a better incentive for us to ensure you are paid to the absolute maximum. We make no apologies when we describe ourselves as “mercenaries inhabiting the world of insurance”. In fact, it was the London Evening Standard that described us in this manner and, we are pleased to say, in a complimentary way!

Certainly, some of the larger insurance brokers do have a Claims Department. However, please understand that the role of an Insurance Broker is to get you the best quality, all-encompassing insurance policy at the keenest possible price. That’s how they earn their money. Certainly, they will help you with your domestic burglary insurance claim to the best of their ability in the limited time that they have available for what for them is a non-profit making activity. It may interest you to learn that 65-70% of our business is actually referred to us by insurance brokers. We hope we have made our case.

We charge a small percentage of the claim total and this is dependent on our estimation of the size of the claim. What we can say, is that it is a very rare instance indeed where we are not able to negotiate a far higher settlement than you can yourself. We haven’t been around for 35 years because we get people less than they can get themselves! Think of us as mercenaries (but nice ones!) The more we get you, the more we will charge you and the quicker we get your claim settled the quicker we will be paid. We assure you that there could be no better incentive for us to ensure you are paid to the absolute maximum.

Even if we have not been instructed at the start of the claim, we are still prepared to help you get a better settlement. However, our fee structure is different and instead of charging you a small percentage of the total claim we will charge you a higher percentage but only on any difference that we achieve. In passing, it is a rare instance where we cannot get an extra payment from insurers.

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