COLUMBUS Ohio Lieutenant Governor and Department of Insurance Director Mary Taylor is advising Ohioans affected by recent severe weather on how they should attend to damaged property and offered tips on the insurance claim filing process. Taylor also cautioned residents to beware of fraudulent contractors trying to take advantage of people in need of property repairs.
"Those impacted by recent severe weather should contact their insurance agent immediately to begin the claims process,' Taylor said. "Most homeowners and business policies provide coverage for repairs following hail, tornados, and windstorms. Consumers experiencing problems during the claims process can contact the Department of Insurance for assistance."
She said protection for vehicles damaged by a windstorm, hail and or tornado is provided under an auto policy's comprehensive coverage.
The insurance department has created a severe storm recovery toolkit under the featured links section on its website, www.insurance.ohio.gov. It includes claims filing tips, frequently asked questions and tips on how to avoid a deceitful contractor.
People with questions can call the insurance department's hotline at (800) 686-1526. Those who have been victimized by contractor fraud should contact the fraud hotline at (800) 686-1527.