‘Hail Help’ events aimed at helping those with problems after July 4 storm
HELENA. Mont. – Experts from the office of Montana Insurance Commissioner Monica Lindeen will be in Havre this week to offer free, one-on-one help for area residents struggling with insurance problems, scams or other issues related to the major Hi-Line hail storm in early July.
The July 4 storm damaged buildings, crops and produced winds strong enough to blow train cars off the tracks and knock out power to nearly 8,000 northcentral Montana residents. Hail stones, some as large as tennis balls, pelted an area of the Hi-Line from Cut Bank to beyond Havre.
Repairs and insurance claims related to the storm are continuing, and in some case, there are confusion and insurance company problems.
“Most people will have a seamless experience with their insurance company, but with a storm as big as the Fourth of July hail, we know lots of people will need help unraveling their insurance claim,” Lindeen said. “We are the insurance experts who work on behalf of all Montanans and we’re here to help anyone who may be struggling with an insurance issue.”
Lindeen’s office will host two sessions of “Hail Help” in Havre on Aug. 11 and 12. Residents experiencing any problems with their insurance company paying for repairs can speak directly to the experts in Lindeen’s office who will work to resolve such issues. Residents who wish to can file a formal complaint at the event, which launches the process of the state working on their behalf to resolve the issue.
Experts will also discuss the kinds of damage typically covered by insurance; explain “replacement value” and other key insurance terms and help people identify potential, after-storm repair fraud.
Here are the details. Please note: The presentation will be short. Most of the time allotted is for one-on-one sessions with experts.
Tuesday, August 11 : 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, August 12 : 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Montana State University-Northern
Attendees with insurance or repair issues are encouraged to bring any paperwork relevant to their case, including their insurance policy, and receipts from repairs, etc.