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North Carolinians may have another avenue to pursue if denied by insurer

Posted On Tue, April 26, 2011

In the event North Carolina homeowners are denied home insurance claims after tornadoes hammered the Tar Heel State, insurance commissioner Wayne Goodwin wants residents to know that they're not out of luck.

Thanks to the creation of the Disaster Mediation Program in 2006, homeowners in counties throughout the state may qualify for financial assistance.

"Insurance will play an important role as many North Carolinians piece their lives back together after these devastating storms," said Goodwin. "I want to make sure that the insurance claims process goes as smoothly as possible for our citizens. Mediation will help homeowners resolve disputes with their insurance companies in a fair and timely manner."

The North Carolina Department of Insurance said in a press release that in order for homeowners to qualify, the total amount of the claim must exceed $1,500 and be filed within 60 days of the initial claim being denied.

Hundreds of North Carolina homeowners are still picking up the pieces after approximately 240 tornadoes touched down between April 16 and 19. Accuweather says that's the highest number of reported tornadoes occurring in a three-day period on record.

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