My Mediation Story!

I may have been in the insurance industry for 40 years, but…when it comes to Florida’s mediation statute, I’ve been a lay person.  I had no idea how useful and easy (and free) state sponsored mediation could be. That’s until December 2010 when, late one holiday evening, our cozy fireplace popped a small flaming ember onto the rug immediately in front of the hearth.

In the seconds it took to find the TV remote and pause our movie, locate the appropriate fireside tool and flick the menacing cinder back from whence it came,  a silver-dollar sized hole was seared into our high-end, deep pile carpet. [Read more…]

PUBLIC ADJUSTERS–“…Do Some Charge Too Much?”

A personal note: for those thinking I don’t like public adjusters, don’t even go there. It’s neither relevant or true.  I have friends who are public adjusters. They are honest, hardworking professionals. They agree with me on this.  As do many I do not know. [Read more…]

Assignment of Benefits–Agents & Plumbers; “Get the Picture!”

Several months ago I called a plumber to my home. The supply line behind the master bathroom toilet was leaking and needed immediate attention.

This plumbing firm was well known to me. Its’ technicians had previously installed a tankless gas water heater (that has worked flawlessly for 10 years) and even replumbed an entire residence I rented to tenants.  You may remember my July 2014 blog about this plumbers excellent work repairing a leak beneath my garage slab.  Read the blog I wrote here.  And, see pictures on my Facebook page here.

In fact, after posting the blog and pictures I was contacted by local insurance agents asking for the plumbers’ name, which I gladly provided. They wanted to recommend the firm to their clients. Or, more wisely perhaps, just put the firms name on a list of plumbers and water remediators to give to clients in need of assistance.

Anyway, after my trusted plumber plugged this most recent leak, which had been going on for some time creating a moisture problem behind the walls and on the floor in an adjoining bedroom, it was obvious a complete dry out was needed.  So… I did exactly what I advise everyone else to do when they have a moisture problem… I called Rytech.

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Assignment of Benefits—David & Goliath!

A handful of trial lawyers serving in Florida’s Senate blocked any reform of Assignment of Benefits (AOB) this year.  In fact,  fearing it would pass, they didn’t even allow debate on a compromise House version overwhelmingly adopted each of the last two years—this year 82-20. [Read more…]

Public Adjusters—a family affair!

In 2015 I reported on the arrest of Jorge Fausto Espinosa Sr., arguably one of the most criminal public adjusters in Florida history.  Now I’m happy to share recent reports of his 20-year sentencing.

Unfortunately, these reports only scratch the surface of the decades of havoc this scumbag wrought. [Read more…]

ASSIGNMENT OF BENEFITS—The Worst Insurance Crisis Ever!

Florida’s House of Representatives just sent the Senate a meaningful AOB reform package (HB-7015 by Rep. Jay Trumbull); one the House had passed by a significant 82 to 20 margin.

The Senate, so far, particularly the Banking & Insurance Committee, hasn’t budged—delaying, and distracting from root causes with proposals that favor the abusers.  Like last year, there hasn’t even been a hearing on the companion reform package by Senator Dorothy Hukill (SB-62). [Read more…]

Assignment of Benefits–A Moral Hazard!

Insurance 101 teaches about “Moral Hazards” –when mismanaged insurance systems incentivize individuals, often entire segments of society, to behave in irresponsible or criminal ways.

You’ve read what “some” attorneys, public adjusters, water extractors, plumbers and roofers are doing with AOB.  It’s the result of a moral hazard–bad public policy enabling and incentivizing bad behavior. [Read more…]

Public Adjusters–“A Public Adjuster May Not Be Your Best Option”

Like many catastrophe prone states, Florida can suffer from an abundance of public adjusters before, and immediately following, any disaster.  In California it’s wildfires and earthquakes.  Here it’s hurricanes. [Read more…]

FLOOD…A Carrot & A Stick!

Every once in a long while I’ll write about Flood insurance–subsequent, usually, to either a flood of great proportion or another government attempt to fund an existing or potential deficit.  This time, Harvey in Texas and Irma rapidly approaching from the Atlantic, provide impetus on both fronts. [Read more…]

PUBLIC ADJUSTERS…On the Attack!

There’s been much ado between public adjusters and insurers of late.  PA’s don’t like managed repair programs (MRP’s).  Insurance companies do like them–a lot–especially in Florida.

Sparring was ignited by an op-ed from the Florida Association of Public Insurance Adjusters (FAPIA) that was highly critical of MRP’s and which, in typical PA fashion, also bad-mouthed insurers. [Read more…]