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Subrogating Against God: Recovering Claim Dollars When Natural Disasters Strike

 Tuesday, November 23, 2021

 Matthiesen, Wickert & Lehrer, S.C.

The claims history of most domestic insurance carriers is littered with billion dollar claims as a result of catastrophic losses caused by natural disasters.

When God sends a hurricane, tornado, flood, or naturally occurring fire, the resulting losses can be enough to put many insurance companies into receivership.

With no third parties or obvious subrogation potential, these mammoth claim payments often disappear permanently.

Acts of God such as these reveal a celestial tortfeasor who is both judgment proof and beyond reach by summons and subpoenas. However, rather than throwing in the towel, these losses present tremendous recovery potential for the proactive claims professional.

It is said that opportunity is missed by most because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. Nowhere is that adage truer than when it comes to subrogating natural disasters.

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