Hurricane Michael: Insurance companies have been ‘terribly unhelpful,’ former Florida House speaker says “I’m on my seventh adjuster for my home. Seventh adjuster!” former House Speaker Allan Bense said.
ArticleLawrence Mower | Published October 5th, 2019
Former Florida House Speaker Allan Bense is bashing insurance companies handling Hurricane Michael claims, saying they were the “No. 1 obstacle” to recovery and accusing them of being “terribly unhelpful.”
“I’m on my seventh adjuster for my home. Seventh adjuster!” Bense, a Republican, said at a Thursday news conference advocating for more help in the Panhandle, nearly a year after the hurricane made landfall.
“Insurance companies, just frankly, try to beat you down,” he said. “They’re trying to wear me out. I’m not the type of guy to pick that fight with. But still, it’s a problem.”
His comments stand in contrast to what insurance regulators and some lawmakers have been saying about insurance companies’ slow response after the Category 5 hurricane made landfall near Mexico Beach on Oct. 10.
As of last month, more than 18,000 claims, about 12 percent of all the storm’s claims, were still open, and Panhandle residents have complained of insurance companies giving low-ball estimates or dragging out the process.
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Source: Tampa Bay Times | Lawrence Mower