Appraisal Ordered After Carrier Finds Loss Even if Cause Disputed

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Plaintiffs home was damaged by wind and hail.

April 4, 2022
Tred R. Eyerly - Insurance Law Hawaii

The court ordered an appraisal when the parties differed on the amount of loss to the dwelling even when the carrier contended the dispute was over the cause of the loss. Khaleel v Amguard Ins. Co., No. 21 C 992, Memorandum Opinion and Order (N.D. Ill. Feb. 11, 2022). The order is here.

Plaintiffs home was damaged by wind and hail. A claim was submitted to Amguard for damage to the roof. Amguard found there was hail damage to the soft metal vents on the roof and estimated repair costs to be $3,815.16. Amguard found no damage to the roof itself. Plaintiffs contended there was additional damage to the roof. Plaintiffs demanded an appraisal. Amguard rejected the appraisal demand, claiming that the damage to the roof was due to wear and tear, and therefore constituted an excluded cause under the Policy.

Plaintiff filed suit. After Amguard answered, plaintiffs moved for judgment on the pleadings.

Mr. Eyerly may be contacted at te@hawaiilawyer.com



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