Our clients are a young family with three small children in South Co Dublin. They left their home and were commuting to a local supermarket. Our client received a phone call from a neighbour informing her that smoke was bellowing from the vents at the rear of her property and that they could see fire in the kitchen/dining area. Our client was naturally distraught that her family home had been destroyed and waited for the fire brigade to attend and make safe before she could enter the building. Our clients had suffered extensive kitchen fire and smoke damage to their family home and to most of their personal belongings. Our clients were distraught and the thoughts of dealing with the property damage claim added to the stress and torment that had already been endured.
Actions taken and services provided by ICS
Insurance Claim Solutions were appointed straight away to manage the claim. We had previously handled a fire damage claim for a close family member and they recommended they use Insurance Claim Solutions to handle their case.
We attended site within 24 hours to carry out a full property damage assessment. We found that the kitchen/dining/playroom was extensively fire damaged and that the rest of the house suffered smoke damage. The damage was to buildings and to contents (beds, blinds, curtains, toys, clothing etc.) throughout. We met with the insurance company loss adjuster the day of our appointment and secured an interim payment to ensure our clients were not left out of pockets whilst claim was progressing. Our clients had to move to temporary accommodation until the repairs were completed
ICS liaised with fire and smoke damage restoration specialists to ascertain the full level of damaged items and fire damage to building structure, contents and finishes. We used our specialist reports and opinions to form the basis for our claim formulation and for the negotiation of the settlement figure. We opened negotiations with the insurance loss adjuster and reached a very favourable settlement in line with our client’s full entitlement under the policy.
Benefits of using ICS to manage the claim
ICS managed to have the claim finalised within 2 weeks with all of the reports and negotiations complete. Our pro active approach allowed the strip out and cleaning works to commence within a week of the fire.
ICS greatly minimised the delay, inconvenience and stress on the property owner and ensured that our client’s full entitlement was achieved.
ICS agreed a great settlement on behalf of our client to include for buildings, contents and alternative accommodation following the Fire Damage. Our client was able to restore their family home to a level that exceeded pre-loss condition.
After the fire
After the repairs