Merlin: The parable of Hurricane Ike insurance claims!

and the moral of this story is…

My good buddy, Tom Grail, told me the parable of Hurricane Ike Insurance Claims. To appreciate this, one must first understand that the total loss structures in Galveston and Bolivar receive uniform estimates of wind damage from the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA). The amount of damage caused by wind for nearly every structure is approximately 11%. The reports are virtually identical for every total loss structure, despite differences in the age of the structure and quality of construction.

The parable is a story of two men, Larry and Moe, who were on the peninsula when Ike hit. Larry was struck by a flying 2X4 launched by the wind, then, when the surge came, he grasped a floating timber and made it to safety. He was treated for his injuries, estimated at 11% of his being.

Moe was not so lucky. He was killed instantly by a flying TV set. The storm surge subsequently swept his body away.

The medical examiner compared Moe’s corpse to Larry. After taking several months to consider the situation, the examiner declared that Moe was only 11% killed by wind, because that’s what happened to Larry. He opined that 89% of Moe’s death must have been due to flooding.

Merlin goes on to add:  The TWIA policyholders from Bolivar Peninsula are furious with their claims treatment. It is my understanding that many may protest in Austin on March 13.

More power to them.

SLABBED says ditto to that! Oh, and the moral of this story is, IMO, when wind and flooding both cause damage, you can’t prove the amount of the loss to flood without a dispute of material fact – but, I suppose, you can get the dead to agree to anything.

2 thoughts on “Merlin: The parable of Hurricane Ike insurance claims!”

  1. I was glad to see this post here at Slabbed. Slabbed is a good place for the people of Texas to get information and work for better insurance. Thanks for your hard work Nowdy. Its hard work but you do it well.

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