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Two separate insurance meetings for Black Forest fire victims

Published: July 1, 2013, 11:45 am, by Ryan Handy

As many residents saw during the Waldo Canyon fire, the weeks following a disaster can be tricky, especially when it comes to insurance. When residents are choosing public adjusters to help guide them through the insurance process, they need to be particularly vigilant, said El Paso County Commissioner Sallie Clark.

Before you choose an adjuster, make sure you vet him or her properly. United Policyholders, a non-profit insurance advocacy group that has helped Waldo Canyon fire victims, has a list of tips for picking a public adjuster. Read the tips here.

Read this story by The Denver Post that profiles adjusters and also links to some good resources for checking adjusters’ backgrounds.

There are two insurance meetings for Black Forest fire victims on Monday night, and both could also offer advice on how to choose adjusters. Both meetings are sponsored by different groups.

  • El Paso County Commissioners are sponsoring a insurance information meeting at the New Life Church Monday night. A representative from the office of the Commissioner of Insurance for the State of Colorado will talk about how to file a claim as well as pick a public adjuster, if you want one. Some Waldo Canyon fire victims who successfully completed their insurance claim will be on-hand to answer questions as well. The meeting is from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  at The Tent, New Life Church, 11035 Voyager Parkway.
  • Loss Analytics, a private public adjuster company, will be hosting meetings at La Forest on Monday and Wednesday night. The company is for profit, run by CEO Troy Payne, who also worked with some Waldo Canyon fire victims for a period of time. This meeting is not sponsored by El Paso County. Signs posted around Black Forest state that the meeting is for those who lost homes, whose homes were damaged, or for those looking to sell homes. The meetings are at 6:30 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday, La Foret, 6145 Shoup Road.