DONíT WAIT TO REPORT A CLAIM

By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published June 24, 2019

           

Insurance is a very strange product.  Everyone is scared to death to be without it, but when itís time to put in a claim, everyone is scared to death to use it. 

 

Delay in reporting a claim to your insurance company can be a costly mistake.  Every policy contains provisions that require the insured to report claims timely so that evidence is preserved, witnesses can be spoken to and the insurance company has the opportunity to reduce its potential exposure.  In condos and HOAs there are so many times of claims that need to be timely reported and if not do so, can result in a complete and total defense to the insurance company providing any defense or insurance coverage.

 

Let me give you an example of how an HOA can untimely report a potential claim to their carrier.  Suppose the HOA does not get served with a lawsuit, but instead gets served with a demand for pre-suit mediation?  I have seen some associations fail to tell their liability or D&O Carrier about the mediation demand and instead allow their HOA attorney to deal with it.  If the case fails to settle at mediation and the association gets sued, the association then decides to notify their carrier.   Too late.  The carrier was required to know about the demand for pre-suit mediation.  The carrier will now take the position that they are no longer under any obligation to defend the association or pay the claimant any damages because they were prejudiced by not being told about the mediation.  They will claim that they could have potentially settled the case at mediation for a fraction of what it will now cost to try in court or settle.

 

Hereís the bottom lineÖ..if the board or management company receives  a letter or e-mail from someone who claims they were injured on the condominium property or that their unit, car or property was damaged at the condominium, or threatens a lawsuit, arbitration or mediation --- NOTIFY YOUR INSURANCE AGENT OR CARRIER IMMEDIATELY. 

 

Worse comes to worse, the carrier may say the claim is premature because you have not actually been sued.  Thatís a lot better than being told by the carrier that you blew the deadline to notify them of the claim, and now there is no coverage.

           

Youíre paying for the coverage.  Donít be afraid to use it.


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About HOA & Condo Blog

Eric Glazer Eric Glazer graduated from the University of Miami School of Law in 1992 after receiving a B.A. from NYU. He has practiced community association law for more than 2

decades and is the owner of Glazer and Associates, P.A. a seven attorney law firm with offices in Fort Lauderdale and Orlando and satellite offices in Naples, Fort Myers and Tampa.

 

Since 2009, Eric has been the host of Condo Craze and HOAs, a weekly one hour radio show that airs at noon each Sunday on 850 WFTL.

   

See: www.condocrazeandhoas.com.

   

He is the first attorney in the State of Florida that designed a course that certifies condominium residents as eligible to serve on a condominium Board of Directors and has now certified more than 10,000 Floridians all across the state. He is certified as a Circuit Court Mediator by The Florida Supreme Court and has mediated dozens of disputes between associations and unit owners. Eric also devotes significant time to advancing legislation in the best interest of Florida community association members.


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