Surfside Condo Collapse and Lessons Learned
Commercial & Personal Property Owners Deserve an Advocate When Disaster Strikes!
If you’re anything like me, you were absolutely shocked and horrified by the collapse of the Surfside Condo in Miami, Florida, that took 98 (possibly 99) lives with it in mere seconds as it turned into a massive pile of rubble. To watch footage of the building collapse within hours of it occurring, and to see the recovery and investigation efforts that followed, was both extremely concerning and heart wrenching, as well as something that honestly, we’re not accustomed to seeing happen here in the United States. Nor should we EVER have to see it happen again. The Florida condo collapse hit close to home and brought up numerous questions since. My name is Jack Hanks, and I’m a Licensed Public Adjuster, trainer, and President, and CEO of Velocity Public Adjusting. I have extensive experience in construction and restoration from my career prior to becoming a public servant. When I watched the Florida building collapse, I couldn’t help but wonder:
- What went wrong?
- Did the building have damage before this happened?
- Were there any unresolved repairs from the previous catastrophic event? And were any unresolved repairs a result of poor insurance claims handling processes?
- Or Worse—How many other South Florida buildings might be in disrepair and/or similar danger?
- Do property owners understand that they have the right to be represented on every single property insurance claim, they file?
- Do you know you can hire a Property Adjuster for nothing upfront, and that we will advocate for you to ensure that your property repairs are paid for quickly and to the fullest extent that your policy allows?
- We even have the ability to represent your best interests should your claim go to litigation, since we have our own in-house legal defense team at Velocity Public Adjusting.
- Insurance companies sell insurance policies to make money.
- And claims adjusters will always have the insurance company’s back first and foremost, not yours.
- The buck doesn’t stop with the claim’s adjuster’s word.
- Public Adjusters exist and are available to represent them as their advocate and ally. (Most people don’t become aware of Public Adjusters until a problem with their claim arises.)
- That they can afford a public adjuster because most public adjusters don’t require payment until their claim is paid in full. (Which incentivizes public adjusters and insurance claims attorneys to make sure the property owner’s claim is paid to the full extent that their property insurance policy allows.)