For Immediate Release - June 16, 2011

Patrick-Murray Administration's Division of Insurance Updates Tornado Insurance Claim Numbers:8,200 Claims and Estimated $140 Million in Costs

BOSTON - June 16, 2011 - The Patrick-Murray Administration's Division of Insurance today updated estimates on insurance claims resulting from this month's Western and Central Massachusetts tornadoes, with 8,200 claims totaling an estimated $140 million having been reported by insurance carriers.

 

Last Tuesday, June 7, the Division of Insurance reported initial figures of 5,000 claims and $90 million in costs.

 

"As people affected by the tornadoes continue to clean up and move toward filing claims and having repairs done, we expect these numbers to continue to grow," said Joseph G. Murphy, the Commissioner of the Division of Insurance. "Our staff remains available to help consumers file claims, and we will continue to monitor the claims process to make sure claims are being handled and paid appropriately."

 

According to the Division of Insurance, insurance companies have received a total of 4,200 home insurance claims, totaling $120 million. Companies have received 200 commercial property claims, with a price tag of $5 million. There have been 3,700 auto insurance claims filed, totaling $15 million.

 

The Division of Insurance continues to provide staff at the assistance centers Governor Patrick created to help those impacted by the storm, giving policyholders the opportunity to receive guidance as they navigate the claims process. Consumers can also call the Division's Consumer Hotline at (617) 521-7777 to receive help or learn more at www.mass.gov/ago/consumer-resources/storms-and-recovery.html.

 

The Division of Insurance ( www.mass.gov/doi) is an agency within the Patrick-Murray Administration's Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation. Follow the Office at www.mass.gov/consumer , its Consumer Connections Blog and at its Twitter feed, @Mass_Consumer.

 

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