Dan Sligh and his wife were in their pickup truck on Interstate 5 heading to a camping trip when a bridge before them disappeared in a "big puff of dust."Full Story >
A truck hauling an oversized load of drilling equipment hit an overhead bridge girder on the major interstate between Seattle and Canada, sending a section of the span into a river below as the driver watched the structure...Full Story >
Britain's Ministry of Defense says a Typhoon jet has been launched to investigate an incident involving a civilian aircraft.Full Story >
Britain scrambled fighter jets Friday to intercept a commercial airliner carrying more than 300 people from Pakistan, diverting it to an isolated runway at an airport on the outskirts of London and arresting two British...Full Story >
Friday, May 24 2013 1:46 PM EDT2013-05-24 17:46:21 GMT
On Friday, the Bengals signed Shawn Williams of Georgia, their third-round selection in the 2013 NFL Draft. Williams (6-0, 213) saw action in 54 games at Georgia and earned a reputation as one of theFull Story >
Williams (6-0, 213) saw action in 54 games at Georgia and earned a reputation as one of the college game's elite run-stoppers in the secondary.Full Story >
Friday, May 24 2013 1:39 PM EDT2013-05-24 17:39:49 GMT
On Friday, the Ohio Attorney General's Missing Children Clearinghouse annual 2012 report was released. According to report, a total of 19,219 reports of missing children were made in 2012. Of those children,Full Story >
Attorney General DeWine attended a balloon launch at Columbus Preparatory Academy in honor of National Missing Children's Day, which is observed on May 25th. Children released 690 balloons representing each missing child in Ohio.Full Story >
Friday, May 24 2013 1:25 PM EDT2013-05-24 17:25:37 GMT
Several Cincinnati car dealerships are giving away $50 gift cards to active and retired military and veterans starting on Monday though June 2. In partnership with a non-profit military charity calledFull Story >
Active and retired military can stop by the following Performance Group locations now through Sunday, June 2 to receive a free $50 gift card.Full Story >
EAST HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -
Insurance companies are trying to help those affected by Hurricane Sandy including one in East Haven, which was one of the hardest hit areas in Connecticut.
Mobile claims offices have been setup in Connecticut to not only help customers who are without, but also to help insurance offices that are in the dark.
Enrico Melchiorri is a contractor and anticipates getting some Hurricane Sandy-related work. He visited a mobile insurance office on Frontage Road, which was setup by Allstate, to get claims information.
"They gave me information on how claims are made, how they're paid through to their customers, how if there's a bank that's held a lien on the house and where they come into play," he told Eyewitness News.
The mobile insurance office, which is located in the Home Depot parking lot, is one of two dozen throughout the country.
"We've got a team of claims adjusters there right now that can sit down and answer questions, and even start the claims process," said Cathy Mayo, who is a spokesperson for Allstate. "In some cases even provide a check."
Allstate usually uses mobile insurance offices during mass natural disasters such as Hurricane Katrina.
Melchiorri said he feels the approach by the insurance companies is catching on with the state utility companies.
"I've noticed even with the power companies they got out there very quickly, started cutting and clearing the ways," he said.
Allstate is expected to be at its East Haven location for several more days and mobile teams are expected to visit the most severely damage areas and go directly to peoples' homes to check on them.
The Connecticut Insurance Department is offering advice on filing claims after damage was caused by Sandy.
Consumers should follow the following tips when making a claim:
Contact your insurer as soon as possible.
Take photos of the damage.
Do not make permanent repairs until your insurer has inspected the property.
Keep a diary of all contact, conversations with your insurer.
If you can still live in the home, talk with your agent about critical repairs that need to be made. Whether you make the repairs or hire someone, save the receipts for your claim.
If you need to find other lodging, keep records of expenses and all receipts. Homeowners and renter's insurance generally provide limited coverage for expenses like: meals, rent, utility installation and transportation.
Your carrier will send an insurance adjuster to survey the damage at no cost to you. Public adjusters may offer the same services, but you would be responsible for any related fees. Check to be sure they are licensed with the Insurance Department.
Do not feel rushed or pushed to agree on a settlement. If there are disagreements, try to resolve them with your insurer. If you cannot reach an agreement, the Connecticut Insurance Department can help you decide if arbitration or mediation is an option.
Your full claim may come in multiple payments. The first will likely be an emergency advance and may include additional living expenses. The payment for your personal property and any additional living expenses will be made out to you. Payments for the structure may be payable to you and your lien holder if there is a mortgage on your home.
Even after settling your claim, if you think of items that were not in your initial loss list, contact your insurance company. Unless the company has paid the entire limit for the coverage of those types of items, it is possible the company will make an additional payment.
If your damages exceed the amount of your coverage, federal agencies will occasionally provide grants or low-interest loans to assist with recovery following major disasters.
"Should any problems arise between you and your carrier, contact the Insurance Department," said Connecticut Insurance Commissioner Thomas Leonardi. "We are here to help you work through the process and will ensure that carriers comply with all state insurance laws."
For more information, visit the Connecticut Insurance Department website or call 860-297-3800.
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Thursday, May 23 2013 10:17 PM EDT2013-05-24 02:17:47 GMT
Heads are starting to roll at the IRS. A day after pleading the 5th and refusing to testify before Congress, Lois Lerner, the IRS Director of Tax Exempt Organizations was placed on administrative leaveFull Story >
A day after pleading the 5th and refusing to testify before Congress, Lois Lerner, the IRS Director of Tax Exempt Organizations was placed on administrative leave Thursday. We have learned more about Lois Lerner's connections to Cindy Thomas, the highest ranking Cincinnati employee in this IRS division.Full Story >
Friday, May 24 2013 9:13 AM EDT2013-05-24 13:13:57 GMT
A man was found shot to death in Over-the-Rhine overnight. It was just before 3A-M when Cincinnati dispatch received a call about a man bleeding from the head near the intersection of Goose Alley andFull Story >
Cincinnati police have released the name of a man who was shot and killed early Friday morning in OTR. Full Story >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:31 PM EDT2013-05-22 02:31:55 GMT
The claim that the ongoing IRS scandal is limited to low level employees is falling apart. The six Cincinnati workers we have identified, who sent scrutinizing letters to conservative groups with wordsFull Story >
The claim that the ongoing IRS scandal is limited to low level employees is falling apart. Full Story >
Friday, May 17 2013 7:16 PM EDT2013-05-17 23:16:53 GMT
One person has died in a crash near Harrisonville, MO, Thursday evening. The crash happened on Missouri Highway 7 and Walker Road. It involved a car and a tractor-trailer. Harrisonville is in Cass County.Full Story >
Savannah Nash celebrated her 16th birthday last week. She died Thursday when her car slammed into a semi while she was texting during her first time driving by herself.Full Story >
Friday, May 24 2013 6:32 AM EDT2013-05-24 10:32:47 GMT
Cincinnati police are looking for a pickup that hit a police cruiser in Avondale. It happened just before 4:00 Friday morning. Police say the truck hit the cruiser, an unmarked SUV, at Reading and Victory. ThereFull Story >
Cincinnati police are looking for a pickup that hit a police cruiser in Avondale.Full Story >
Friday, May 24 2013 9:20 AM EDT2013-05-24 13:20:42 GMT
An Ohio police officer and his wife face aggravated child neglect charges after their young children were left unsupervised in a truck outside a Panama City Beach bar. Bay County Jail officials say 35-year-oldFull Story >
An Ohio police officer and his wife face aggravated child neglect charges after their young children were left unsupervised in a truck outside a Panama City Beach bar.Full Story >