This office has substantial experience in property damage matters including, but not limited to:
- Fire and water damage
- Construction claims and damage
- Industrial claims and damage
- Electrical, mechanical, and sprinkler failures
For more information, please visit our property damage claim page.
- The policy coverage
- The policy benefits
- The policy limitations and/or exclusions
- Whether the policy provides coverage for your property
- Whether the insurance policy provides coverage to defend and indemnify you in the event of a claim
For more information visit our property damage claim page.
Can you assist me in understanding some of the insurance terms that are used in the homeowner insurance policy or commercial property insurance policy?
For more information please visit our homeowner insurance definition page. The homeowner insurance definitions should be used as a guide; the definitions in your insurance policy are definitive and may be different.
Attorney Feener and the Law Office of Attorney Feener has been successfully handling homeowner and property claims for more than 27 years prior to being merged into the law office of Feener and Wehrli, LLC. Attorney Feener was previously employed in the insurance industry as both an property claims examiner and adjuster
In many cases, the terms Reference or Appraisal is used interchangeably depending upon the insurance policy. Massachusetts law provides for the term Reference.
In matters involving property insurance where the only issue is the amount of damages, the insured/plaintiff is required to attempt to resolve the issue of damages through a Reference Proceeding which is provided for by both the policy of insurance and by M.G. L. c175 §99 (and subsequent sections).
This procedure involves the insurance company selecting a representative to sit on a three (3) person panel. The insured policy holder also selects a person to sit on this panel and the two (2) individuals select a third (3rd) person to complete the three (3) person panel.
Both the insurance company and the insured present their opinions, documents, and experts to the panel and the panel makes a decision concerning the amount of damages. This decision is binding among the parties unless either party can show substantial unfairness in the hearing process.
The insurance company is required to accept or reject the reward within thirty (30) days, otherwise they may be subject to the payment of interest. Generally, insurance companies make payment based on the referees reward.
The expense/cost of reference is shared equally among the insurance company and the insured. Each party pays for their own representative and half of the cost of the third referee/umpire.
Your first step should be to decide whether you have waited long enough to be paid and whether you are being treated fairly. If you feel that you have waited long enough, please call the Law Office of Feener and Wehrli, LLC at 617-420-7700.