What is a Public Adjuster?
They are licensed insurance professionals that work for the public to represent policyholders when they’ve experienced damages or a loss. They are highly regulated by the state in which they practice, who make sure that the P.A. is operating according to state standards and statutes. In the state of Florida, Public Adjusters must not only finish an insurance course and pass a state administered bar, but comply with fingerprinting and background checks, be bonded for $50,000, and then apprentice under another licensed Public Adjuster for an entire year. For more details go to the “What is a Public Adjuster?” page of our site.
What is Insurance Appraisal?
Insurance Appraisal is an avenue policyholders can take when they feel that their Insurance company isn’t giving a fair claim award for the damages they’ve experienced. The Appraisal Clause, also know as The Appraisal Provision, allows you to have third parties voice their opinion on the damages, and amount to be paid. It’s been described sort of like court arbitration, but without courtrooms, lawyers, or judges. Most policies have an “Appraisal Clause”. To find the Appraisal Clause in your policy, look for the “Conditions” or “What to do after a loss” segment. For more details go to the “Appraisal” page of our site.
What is Insurance Mediation?
Insurance mediation refers to the process of settling disputes arising from certain types of insurance claims. The dispute will be between the insured and the insurance company. The Insurance company will have a representative to argue their prospective and thoughts on the insurance claim and the policyholder should have a representative to argue their prospective and thoughts on the claim. Many times policyholders go to mediation alone, which usually cost them a lot more than they bargained for. Both representatives come together at a scheduled time and place and hash out what a fair allotment will be. For more detail, please click here.
What types of claims do you handle?
Noble Public Adjusting can represent policyholders on almost any type of property damage claim, including Commercial and Residential. We also represent policyholders with car insurance claims, boat and yacht, aircraft, crop damage, and more. Please click here to see a more in-depth list of claims we represent.
How long will it take to settle my claim?
Negotiation time can range from a few days to a few months, it really depends on how efficient your insurance company is. During this process our office staff will contact them almost daily by phone and e-mail to check the status of your claim, and to ensure that they are working on it steadily. Notes and status updates are recorded in our library of files, where you can login and see what’s happening with your claim. Access your file 24/7 by clicking on Check my Claim Status here or the icon on the home page of our site. For more details on how the process works, click here.
I think I may have an insurance claim. Should I call my insurance company?
You need to contact us first because there are a lot of things you might say accidentally to your insurance company that can cause your claim to be denied. We can help you to avoid many mistakes. For more on this, read the content on our home page and read the columns of content here. Click here to contact us if you think you have a claim.
My claim was denied. Can you help me get it paid?
Yes! We help people like you everyday who feel that their insurance claim has been unfairly denied. First, we have to inspect the damages and review your policy to make sure your claim is covered. It’s easy and free and there’s no obligation. Click here to request a free inspection and policy review.
The Insurance company did not offer me enough to repair the damages. Can you get me more money?
That’s what we do! An OPPAGA (government) report indicated that using a Public Adjuster increases your insurance pay out by 747% on average! Sometimes it more than that and sometimes it’s under that, but either way you spin it, you’ll have an advocate taking on the hassle and freeing you up to just continue on with your life. We at Noble work on a contingency basis; if we don’t increase your claim, you don’t owe us a dime. Click here to receive your free claim inspection.
How much do you charge?
Claim and Property Inspection with Policy Consultation:
Free. For Noble to come to your property and inspect damages to see if you have a claim and go over your insurance policy, there is no charge whatsoever, and no obligation to sign a contract.
Our fee for Public Adjusting representation is listed on the contract that you will sign if you decide to have us represent you, so you’ll never have to question what we’re charging you. The fee is 20% of the claim total (in Florida), unless the damage occurred during a declared state of emergency; in which it becomes 10% of the claim total. But here at Noble we work on contingency, which means if we don’t increase your claim award, you don’t have to pay us anything at all!
Appraisal and Umpiring Services:
Our fee for Insurance Appraisal Services is $500 per hour, not to exceed 10% or 20% of the claim, depending on the claim type.
Our Umpiring fee is also $500 per hour.
Expert Witness fee is $1000 per hour and includes court preparation time.
Our fee for creating a professional Xactimate estimate is 1% of the estimate total. If you’ve signed a Public Adjusting contract your estimate is included and you will not be billed separately for that service.
Once we sign a contract can it be broken?
Of course! There’s a disclaimer on the contract that explains that you have 3 days to cancel the contract. The cancellation must be done in writing and sent by certified mail to Noble Public Adjusting Group. This is a state requirement from the Department of Financial Services and we must send a copy to your Insurance company and keep one on file for the state. You cannot cancel via phone or email because of the regulations set forth by the state.
Does Noble Public Adjusting Group work in my area?
We work all over the state of Florida, Georgia, and Texas. If you have a claim in any of these states we can help you. Click here to see our areas of focus.
How is a Public Adjuster different than a regular Insurance Adjuster?
Insurance companies have their own adjusters that they send out to assess the legitimacy of an insurance claim, they are called Staff Adjusters or Independent Adjusters. They are very different from Public Adjusters. The first and most obvious difference is that they work for the Insurance company and NOT the policyholder. Public Adjusters work only for the public and are paid by the public, not the insurance company. They are also different in that it is much more difficult to become a state licensed Public Adjuster than a standard staff adjuster or independent adjuster. One major difference is the apprenticeship. Staff and Independent adjusters are not required to apprentice for a year or any set amount of time as a trainee. The motive is different, the program is different, the testing is different, and of course the state license and regulation is different. A Staff or Independent can become a Public Adjuster, but they have to concede to all of the requirements and relinquish their current license as a Staff or Independent Adjuster. They cannot represent both the Insurance Company and the property owner, as that would be a major conflict of interest.
Will my insurance company be mad at me for using a Public Adjuster?
The Insurance company is made up of a multitude of people. While there is definitely some friction between Public Adjusters and Insurance companies in general, most of the negative emotions will be expressed toward your Public Adjuster from people in the corporate office during the negotiation phase, and you won’t have to hear about it. We are professionals and we don’t take it personally. Your Insurance Agent (the person who sold you your policy) most likely will have no dealings with your claim whatsoever, so there should be no hard feelings. As a matter of fact a lot of agents refer their clients to us, because they can’t legally represent the policyholder and they want to keep their clients happy.
Can my Insurance rate go up or can I be dropped if I use a Public Adjuster?
The Insurance company can decide to drop you at any point in time, for any reason, besides personal discrimination (race, age, sexual orientation, etc.). Your rate can go up or they can drop you because they see you as a “high risk” customer. If you accidentally leave your iron on and it burns your house down, they can drop you due to “negligence”. Hiring a Public Adjuster does not change this for the better or worse. If your home is destroyed by an “act of God”, like a hurricane, then it’s not likely that they will drop you or raise your rate.
On the up side, if you have wind damage and your entire roof is replaced, you should be able to negotiate a lower rate because you’re less likely to experience leaks and other claimable damages.
Will my Insurance Agent be mad at me for using a Public Adjuster?
A lot of the time Insurance Agents aren’t even notified of a claim, unless you, the policyholder call them and tell them. Insurance Agents are actually some of our best associates. Agents can’t legally represent their policyholders, so they often refer their customers to us, because there is nothing they can do when the insurance company isn’t paying enough and their customer is upset.
What state license number do you operate under?
Florida License #: W140390
Georgia License #: 2850276
Texas License #: 1906840
These are the license numbers of the owner of the company, but there are many adjusters working for Noble. Please call to ask about a specific adjuster and we’ll be happy to provide their license number. 1-800-705-0570
Are you hiring?
Noble Public Adjusting Group is ALWAYS looking for talented individuals that have something special to offer our clients and our company. We hire Public Adjusters and other Insurance personnel, along with administrative staff and marketing individuals to keep our Public Adjusters supported and our clients happy. If you have insurance experience or you’re just talented in some way that could benefit our company, click here and fill out an application packet.
Is this the ||Insurance Wars|| company?
Yes, Noble Public Adjusting Group is the hero company depicted in Insurance Wars.