Soaring Claims Drive Florida Insurance Rates Higher

 Friday, July 29, 2011

 Sunshine State News

Sharply higher claims payouts are driving up Florida homeowner and auto insurance premiums, even though the state hasn’t been hit by a hurricane in more than five years, a new industry study shows. In the nearly six years since Hurricane Wilma raked Florida, “everyday claims,” along with reopened and new claims from past storms, have risen 80 percent. "Insurers are asking for rate increases based not only on projections of future claims costs for catastrophic natural disasters, but on claims already paid out,” said Lynne McChristian, Florida representative for the Insurance Information Institute.
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