ICA warns Queenslanders against disaster hunters

Eleven months after the event, the ICA continues to warn Queenslanders to be vigilant as disaster hunters remain active in the area, with some pressuring owners to sign a contract on the spot for them. future repair work and promise insurers will pay.

The representative body of the general insurance industry in Australia explained that the actions of the claims hunters could leave the owner liable for paying a commission or inflated repair bills not covered by their insurance policy.

The CIA also stressed that insurers would only pay for approved work covered by a policy, and advised clients approached or signed by a claims hunter to seek advice from their insurance broker or insurer.

Read more: ICA Warns of Disaster Hunters After Catastrophic Halloween Hailstorm

The National Insurance Brokers Association (NIBA) has confirmed that the CIA and insurers will have one-on-one consultations in Springfield Lakes for local clients affected by the Halloween hailstorm.

CIA CEO Andrew Hall said the personal consultations allow clients to speak with their insurer’s claims team about their claims as insurers resolve a backlog of hailstorm-related claims. Halloween.

“The upcoming October client consultations are an opportunity for the CIA and insurers to assist homeowners in advancing their claim and to discuss any situation involving disaster hunter activity,” said Hall.

“Insurers have worked hard to resolve a backlog of claims related to last year’s devastating hailstorms, with nearly 80% of claims now closed. Insurers have received more than 43,200 claims, with a current loss estimated at $ 1.03 billion. “

One-on-one consultations will be held at the Springlake Hotel in Springfield Lakes from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on October 6, 2021. This is a COVID-safe event, so registration is essential for guest consultations with insurers.

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