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June 13, 2013

Tornado insurance claims top 60,000

NORMAN — Insurance claims filed in response to several May tornadoes jumped to 60,308 on Tuesday, with insurance payments reaching $470,323,299.

“These numbers are already staggering, and this is just the beginning,” Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John D. Doak said. “Many of the victims haven’t received their entire settlement checks yet, so that payment number will continue to go up for a while. This is something the state of Oklahoma is going to be dealing with for a long time. Those affected by the storms need to know that we’re here to help, for as long as it takes.”

May 19 and 20 tornadoes resulted in 16,002 claims by homeowners for a total of $326,073,951; 19,841 claims for private automobiles totaling $51,690,669; 886 claims for commercial property at $12,872,669; 422 commercial auto claims at $1,119,906 and 415 other claims totaling $2,510,873.

The May 30 and 31 tornadoes resulted in 13,070 claims by homeowners totaling $59,370,622; 8,215 claims for private autos at  $8,227,608; 963 claims for commercial property at $6,436,460; 207 commercial auto claims totaling $989,990 and 287 other claims totaling $1,030,551.

The Oklahoma Insurance Department’s consumer assistance division is available to answer any insurance-related questions. Calls to the division have risen 59 percent since the May 20 tornado.

The staff also has sent out approximately 40 Request for Assistance forms per day since May 20. The form also is available online at ok.gov/oid/assistance/request.php.

Once the form is filed, OID representatives can investigate a complaint against an insurer.

OID consumer assistance representatives are stationed at Westmoore High School from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Help also is available by calling 1-800-522-0071.

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