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(Sun Sentinel)   Your dog is trapped inside that house fire, but can I make you a sales pitch?   (sun-sentinel.com) divider line 36
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2013-05-19 01:12:57 AM
This crap is just sick. When my parents house caught fire ( that I built) due to a faulty grill . Servicemaster was on scene before the smoke cleared, they used the cheapest (not skilled) contractors they could find,the low quality work (most of it started to show after their 1 year warranty) is pathetic. They took advantage of two sick and elderly individuals.
 
2013-05-19 01:16:35 AM
P.S. It should be called Ripoffmaster
 
2013-05-19 02:45:42 AM
farking vampires. Especially when they are praying on the old folks. There is a special place in hell for these slimy farkers.
 
2013-05-19 02:45:54 AM
Anyone else skim to the end of the article to make sure the dog was okay?
 
2013-05-19 02:48:28 AM
If this ever happens to me, I hope I'll be able to think clearly enough to take all the business cards handed to me, so I know who to never do business with.  And tell everybody I know not to do business with them either.
 
2013-05-19 02:53:31 AM
www.splittinghairs.org

Yeah, you see how you scum.
 
2013-05-19 02:54:11 AM

Meisaims: Anyone else skim to the end of the article to make sure the dog was okay?


Of course! It's recuperating at a local animal hospital. No word on whether or not the dog plans to file any claims for pain and suffering.
 
2013-05-19 02:55:36 AM

mtlls: When my parents house caught fire ( that I built)


You built the fire or the house?
 
2013-05-19 03:02:06 AM
We don't need no water

Let the little doggie burn!

Burn little doggie, burn..
 
2013-05-19 03:11:46 AM
When I was quite young there was a term, Ambulance Chasers, that very nearly fits.
While dog not quite OK, story reported it recovering in animal hospital.
Sure hope SpdrJay's tongue firmly planted in cheek, but that was still less than kind.
 
2013-05-19 03:22:53 AM

Candygram for Mongo: If this ever happens to me, I hope I'll be able to think clearly enough to take all the business cards handed to me, so I know who to never do business with.  And tell everybody I know not to do business with them either.


Scan the cards and post 'em on Facebook, too.  Their phones will melt.
 
2013-05-19 03:43:18 AM

BarkingUnicorn: Candygram for Mongo: If this ever happens to me, I hope I'll be able to think clearly enough to take all the business cards handed to me, so I know who to never do business with.  And tell everybody I know not to do business with them either.

Scan the cards and post 'em on Facebook, too.  Their phones will melt.


Or /b/ in a not-your-personal-army but get the point across sort of way.
 
2013-05-19 05:15:33 AM
If people start selling stuff to you while you're undergoing some kind of tragedy, go yell at them and say "Who's got the cheapest offer or who will donate their services to me?!"
 
2013-05-19 05:20:56 AM
"Public adjusters are generally allowed to charge 10 percent to 20 percent of a claim payout."

Before anyone rags on Florida, even though it deserves it most of the time...lots of states have NO fee cap.
 
2013-05-19 05:40:50 AM
Shoot 'em. And not in the head, either. Let 'em bleed out from the guts.
 
2013-05-19 05:51:57 AM

PunGent: "Public adjusters are generally allowed to charge 10 percent to 20 percent of a claim payout."

Before anyone rags on Florida, even though it deserves it most of the time...lots of states have NO fee cap.


Looks like Florida repealed its 10% cap on May 16.  It was established to protect the state-run insurer that most Florida homeowners use.
 
2013-05-19 05:52:50 AM
Oops, should have entire article.  New fee cap is 20%.
 
2013-05-19 06:22:41 AM
This happens everywhere.  Pretty sure I saw a farker recently say they were going to capitalise on the tornados in Texas to sell insurance or something.
 
2013-05-19 06:38:48 AM
In news articles, there are only two types of dogs:

(a) Pit Bull

(b) Dog
 
2013-05-19 07:14:48 AM
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/Approves
 
2013-05-19 07:24:37 AM
I hope I never have a disaster occur that would necessitate these type of people showing up. I would not respond well to such actions.
 
2013-05-19 07:35:50 AM
Same thing happened to me. No idea of the cats were alive and we had morons giving us sale pitches. My stepdaughter (good kid) had to grab my arm before I threw a punch at one of them.
 
2013-05-19 07:55:27 AM

BarkingUnicorn: PunGent: "Public adjusters are generally allowed to charge 10 percent to 20 percent of a claim payout."

Before anyone rags on Florida, even though it deserves it most of the time...lots of states have NO fee cap.

Looks like Florida repealed its 10% cap on May 16.  It was established to protect the state-run insurer that most Florida homeowners use.


Hmmm.  That article you linked to has the comments closed.  I bet consumers wanted to tell them exactly how much they feel the new rules will benefit them and Insurance News daily was afraid about what would be said.
 
2013-05-19 07:56:06 AM
Twenty years ago the kid across the hall was playing with matches and an aerosol can and burned down 12 condos.  Stand out side I was numb, it was so far out of my experiences that I only just had piece of mind to avoid the news crews.  This seems like a scummy way to get people into contracts when they're not thinking straight.
 
2013-05-19 07:57:16 AM

BarkingUnicorn: PunGent: "Public adjusters are generally allowed to charge 10 percent to 20 percent of a claim payout."

Before anyone rags on Florida, even though it deserves it most of the time...lots of states have NO fee cap.

Looks like Florida repealed its 10% cap on May 16.  It was established to protect the state-run insurer that most Florida homeowners use.


Interesting...but Florida seems to tack it's fees on top of any settlement; afaik, in most states it comes out of the homeowner's end of things.
 
2013-05-19 08:14:02 AM
Uncle Carl Hiaasen approves
The Captain nods
 
2013-05-19 08:21:57 AM
My (sort of) CSB....we had a hail storm and got siding damage out of it - soon as the storm cleared, signs started going up in the neighborhood about replacement siding, and we had a steady stream of salespeople coming to the door offering to get us new siding (and a new roof!), saying that they would handle everything, and we wouldn't have to talk to the insurance company at all.

Since nothing is ever 'free', I said no, that I'd call my own insurance company and ask them to come out and inspect if there was actual damage - we had just replaced the roof in the prior year with a 50-year warranty, so it SHOULD be able to hold up to a 10-minute hail storm.

Nothing stopped these people from badgering several times a week - I ended up putting up no trespassing and no soliciting signs, and they'd still try to sell from the sidewalk - they'd tell me they were on public property, thinking that yelling more would make me more likely to sign up with them.

IAC, I had the adjuster come out, the roof was fine, but we did have siding damage. We could choose one of the companies on their list, or we could put out the job for bid on our own. I'd done that before, so I wrote up the RFP, had 3 companies (local ones with long reputations) bid, as well as asking the ones who were already in the neighborhood hawking 'free' repairs to bid. The hail chasers were very reluctant to bid - they'd only move forward if we signed up with them. The only one who did came in at twice the price of the local companies, confirming what I already thought.

I went with one of the local companies, and upgraded to insulated siding and have been very happy with it. Because it was hail damage, there was no deductible.....and the CSB part is that the insurance company sent ME a check for $4K, since I acted as my own general contractor.  Not a bad deal.
 
2013-05-19 08:31:34 AM
Yay Capitalism!
 
2013-05-19 09:08:38 AM
This isn't just a FL thing. It happens in GA and probably everywhere else too. I work for an insurance company doing IT. I was working in a county that had a tornado roll through. They had dozens of these guys, local and from out of state come in trying to get business. They hit the insurance company hoping they will get referrals, sometimes they will just go to the houses.
 
2013-05-19 10:26:22 AM

laulaja: When I was quite young there was a term, Ambulance Chasers, that very nearly fits.


I don't think I'm so old that this term is no longer used, and I don't want to live in a world where everything I knew in my youth is now gone forever.

If I'm not allowed to have the shining future that I was promised as a kid, at least let me keep some remnants of the past that I had when I was one.
 
2013-05-19 10:37:16 AM
Also some of the companies paid to secure your home after a disaster have been known to steal valuables that are undamaged before boarding it up.
 
2013-05-19 10:59:35 AM
I don't know which is lower on the scale of human dirt - scumbag lawyers or public adjusters.
 
2013-05-19 11:42:03 AM

kokomo61: My (sort of) CSB....we had a hail storm and got siding damage out of it - soon as the storm cleared, signs started going up in the neighborhood about replacement siding, and we had a steady stream of salespeople coming to the door offering to get us new siding (and a new roof!), saying that they would handle everything, and we wouldn't have to talk to the insurance company at all.

Since nothing is ever 'free', I said no, that I'd call my own insurance company and ask them to come out and inspect if there was actual damage - we had just replaced the roof in the prior year with a 50-year warranty, so it SHOULD be able to hold up to a 10-minute hail storm.

Nothing stopped these people from badgering several times a week - I ended up putting up no trespassing and no soliciting signs, and they'd still try to sell from the sidewalk - they'd tell me they were on public property, thinking that yelling more would make me more likely to sign up with them.

IAC, I had the adjuster come out, the roof was fine, but we did have siding damage. We could choose one of the companies on their list, or we could put out the job for bid on our own. I'd done that before, so I wrote up the RFP, had 3 companies (local ones with long reputations) bid, as well as asking the ones who were already in the neighborhood hawking 'free' repairs to bid. The hail chasers were very reluctant to bid - they'd only move forward if we signed up with them. The only one who did came in at twice the price of the local companies, confirming what I already thought.

I went with one of the local companies, and upgraded to insulated siding and have been very happy with it. Because it was hail damage, there was no deductible.....and the CSB part is that the insurance company sent ME a check for $4K, since I acted as my own general contractor.  Not a bad deal.


You got a fifty year warranty on your roof?  what's it made of, titanium?

Lucky to get 20 up in these parts...
 
2013-05-19 12:43:44 PM
Attorneys used to do this...before all the complaints and malpractice suits forced the Bar to make it a violation to approach a potential client in distress.
 
2013-05-19 04:03:37 PM
Before I RTFA I thought that maybe it was a contractor who lived nearby trying to help, as in "wow that sucks... here's my card if you want me to come by later and give you a quote on repairs". I have no problem with that. After all, you are definitely going to need someone to rebuild for you and the sooner the better. But then I RTFA and yeah, that's really messed up.
 
2013-05-19 06:36:33 PM
When my mother died, I got sympathy cards from real estate agents. Their bad taste was eclipsed only by the Mormons who showed up at her wake to ask us if we minded if they baptized her so she could get into good heaven.

Urge to kill.... rising....
 
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