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Hurricane Irma Insurance Lawsuits Surge

A Sun Sentinel article published last week discusses the sharp rise in lawsuits against property insurance companies during the first quarter of the year when compared to the numbers from 2017. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the largest number of these lawsuits were filed by home and property owners in Florida. More than 10,500 lawsuits were served to Florida property insurers from the first of January to the end of March. Compared to last year, it’s an increase of just over sixty percent.

The costs of these lawsuits are not expected to affect current rates for policyholders, but they may present a problem in 2019 when the time comes for insurers to hash out reinsurance contracts based partially on total losses from last year’s Hurricane Irma. Reinsurance refers to the insurance the insurer must purchase to make sure it is able to pay claims filed following a catastrophe, in this case, a major hurricane.

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