Be cautious when hiring a contractor for post hurricane repairs

Be Cautious When Hiring a Contractor For Post Hurricane Repairs

We hope you are recovering from the impact of Hurricane Irma. Our team here at Atlas is fully operational and standing by to help you after the storm.

It has come to our attention that If you have suffered damage, you may be contacted by a third-party vendor about repair. Do not contract with a vendor without first carefully reading any contract they propose. Please note that some insurance companies that we represent can help you locate a reputable, licensed contractor for home or building repairs.
Some contractors will ask you, as the policyholder to sign a form titled Assignment of Benefits (AOB). These documents can give control of some or all of your claim rights as a policy holder to the contractor. In some cases, if you sign an AOB you no longer have the right to receive any payments from your insurance company, as such payments will now belong to the contractor. This may result in incomplete repairs; theft of insurance payouts or uninhabitable conditions in your home or business, and it will complicate, delay, reduce, and possibly result in denial of a claim settlement. You, as the policy holder should carefully read and consider any AOB documents before signing AOB agreements. If presented with such a document, we encourage you to contact us before signing.

We are standing by to help. If you have not already filed your claim, you can do so by one of the following ways:

Phone reporting:
Atlas 24/7 toll free claims line 1-866-298-8283
Atlas Insurance Local Direct 941-366-8424
Atlas Insurance Local Fax 941-552-4099 or 941-951-7557
Online Via www.atlasinsuranceagency.com under “Client Login”

Direct to the Insurance Company refer to your policy documents for claims reporting instructions via phone or online.

In person at our Sarasota location, 7120 Beneva Rd. Sarasota, FL 34238

Thank you for your trust and please remember to be safe.

Sincerely,
Atlas Insurance