State Farm Insurance Complaint - State Farm ripping of our senior citizens
VILLA RIDGE, MISSOURI -- We are a small contracting firm in the St. Louis area specializing in insurance restoration claims. Our deal like most of the other insurance contractors is that we complete the work for the amount established by the insurance carriers. We have found that this has the minimal financial effect on our customers with the only out of pocket costs being the deductible and any upgrades.
A large hail storm producing golf ball size hail and strong winds blew through Villa Ridge, MO on 5/13/10. Approximately 1 1/2 weeks later a storm came through producing 60+ MPH winds. One subdivision, Golden Pond has had approx 80-90% of the roofs replaced due to the hail.
We had several houses in this area that we recommended replacing the roofs. The State Farm adjuster met us at these sites and we both inspected the roof. He recommended replacing one roof, did not include any of the roof accessories, IE; vents, drip edge or pipe flashing and only one run of aluminum gutters across the back of the house. No consideration at all for the front gutters or any of the screens that were damaged. His comment to us was you know how the game is played. She is a disabled senior citizen that can barely walk. The adjuster was told, by our customer, to contact us about the claim and we would make the arrangements for any meetings that were needed. He was left several phone messages and never called us back. He went to her home, without us present and settled the loss. I got a call and she was crying saying that she almost fell getting to the door, it takes her over 5 minutes to get to the door. He kept ringing the door bell until she answered. And he missed the interior damages as well.
The other house in Golden Pond he recommended 1/2 a roof, 3 aluminum window wraps and no gutters. A few inappropriate and derogatory remarks about our customer were made by him, such as, "She is kinda goofy isn't she?." She was involved in an auto accident recently and had a brain trauma. He recommended to the homeowner to withdraw the claim so she would not be charged with a claim and to file one later and maybe the front would be covered. then came back 1 hour later and gave her a $1,500 estimate with a $1000 deductible and closed the file. This yard connects to the 1st house we wrote about. The neighbor on the north side, south side, west side and east side of her each had hail damages and got full roofs.
We had the same adjuster on 4 other properties in the area and an independent adjuster from State Farm on the 5th property. We googled a map of the area and these houses are all in a straight line with the yards connected 2 of them, and the street dividing the rest.
He recommended paying for one roof, only half the gutters, a garage door, and had a repair recommendation of $76 for a metal door that was damaged. He denied the damages to the metal pole barn roof. The back yard connects to the independents roof, he did a 100% replacement with no problems.
Directly across the street our customer is another retired senior citizen who was denied. He was told there was no damage at all. We replaced the next door neighbors roof and our competition replaced the roof across the street from them.
Across the street our customer is with a different company and got a whole roof, gutters, siding and a roof on the pole barn. This yard connects to the property of a retired widow. He recommended replacing 1/2 of her dwelling roof, the back gutters, one metal roof and half of another metal roof. His comment to me was " I guess we will see how good your salesmanship is and you can sell her the other half of the roof. He then stated that he did not want to set a precedence on replacing the metal roofs because he does not think the structural integrity was effected by the hail. We met him on site two weeks ago and she still has not received the estimate or check, but has been told at least 4 times that the check was in the mail, an out and out bold faced lie. When she asked for another adjuster she was told that State Farm will not send anyone else out, they have confidence in the adjusters assessment of the damages and his repair recommendations.
Another retired widow house was done half way as well, shingles only on the roof, no gutters, no roof turbines, and no screens. We met him for a re-inspection, he will not pay for one of the roofs on the property. His inspection was 2 1/2 weeks ago, still no check. In the mean time our customer has been hospitalized with heart problems and called me literally crying her eyes out and wanted to know what was going on. She told me her blood pressure was up again over this and she can not deal with it any longer, and that we should go ahead and complete the repairs and she will pay for it all. This is golf ball sized hail that caused the damages.
My last complaint is a customer that we replaced the roof next door to him from the wind. You can lift huge sections of shingles on both the slopes on the garage and house. State Farm recommended replacing 3 square of shingles, and some guttering, with no consideration of removing the tree off of the garage. He now has interior water damages.