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Hail claims top 10,000 in Denver, Colo. area

Summary

American Family is helping customers whose vehicles, homes and businesses were hammered by severe hail and windstorms May 8-10.

A catastrophe team from American Family Insurance is working with local claim office employees as they help more than 10,000 customers recover from a severe storms with large hail and fierce winds that damaged vehicles homes and businesses in Colorado May 8-10. American Family’s efforts are focused on helping customers in Adams, Arapahoe, Denver, Jefferson and Weld counties.

As of Thursday morning nearly 11,000 claims were generated as a result of this weather event. More than 7,000 are auto claims, the remainder are property and business claims.

Drive-in sites have been established to inspect damaged vehicles. These inspection sites are by appointment only. Customers with damage should call the 24-hour Customer Care Center, 1-800-692-9326 (MYAMFAM) to report a claim and set up an appointment for inspection. The drive-in inspection site is located at:

American Family Insurance customers who have claims from storm damage should immediately contact the company's 24-hour Customer Care Center, 1-800-MY-AMFAM (692-6326). They can also report claims to their local American Family agent, or online at www.amfam.com/claims.

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS:

Can I start to make repairs to prevent further damage?

You should protect your property immediately against further damage and theft. Use plywood, tarps or other materials to cover broken windows and damaged rooftops. Keep the receipts of any materials/services that you purchase to make these repairs so your adjuster can review them and reimburse you for expenses covered by your policy.

How will the inspection process work?

  • When a hailstorm creates a large volume of claims, we will typically establish one or more drive-in sites where policyholders can take their hail-damaged vehicles to be inspected and receive payment for repairs, less their deductible. These inspections take place on an appointment basis only, so it's important that you first report your claim.
  • If your home has sustained hail damage, an adjuster will contact you at one of the phone numbers you provided when you reported your claim. The two of you will schedule an inspection of your home, after which the adjuster will develop an estimate and issue payment for repairs covered by your policy.

Who do I call to make repairs?

You are free to select any contractor (home) or repair shop (auto) you wish. It is usually best to select one who has operated in the area for several years, is insured and bonded and gives you a written guarantee for the work performed.

About American Family Insurance

Madison, Wis. - based American Family Insurance, celebrating its 90th anniversary in Oct. 2017, is the nation's 13th-largest property/casualty insurance group and ranks No. 332 on the Fortune 500 list. The company sells American Family-brand products, including auto, homeowners, life, business and farm/ranch insurance, through its exclusive agents in 19 states. American Family affiliates (The General, Homesite and AssureStart) also provide options for consumers who want to manage their insurance matters directly over the Internet or by phone. Web www.amfam.com; Facebook www.facebook.com/amfam; Twitter www.twitter.com/amfam; Google+ plus.google.com/+amfam/.

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