Things to Know Before Engaging a Weather Consulting Firm

When it comes to determining weather-related claims impact, not all professionals are created the same. After people file a weather-related claim, weather consulting firms must follow multiple weather events such as severe thunderstorms, major hailstorms, and hurricanes. These days, various professionals are available to assist in almost any type of loss. 

Addressing common meteorological analyses over a specific loss can determine what storm surge heights existed, how strong the winds were during a windstorm or hurricane, the largest hail size that fell at the property, and other vital weather information.

Experience Matters

Professionals who are not weather consulting experts write reports that only include basic storm reports as evidence. The problem is some of these supposed professionals can be misleading with their reports, and they tend to overlook in-depth information and site-specific weather information, which may lead to different results. As the case progresses, there will be a problem with the basis of the expert’s opinions and the meteorological findings, particularly when the other side retains an expert meteorologist. 

People need to be sure that they consider the expert’s qualifications, the value of a weather consulting firm can bring to a case, and the outcomes when non-meteorologist experts cannot testify about the incident location’s weather conditions when choosing the right experts for claims or litigation.

Hail Claims and Lawsuits

Each year in the US, hail damage is a huge multi-billion dollar peril. Essential to most claims is when people know when and if hail happened at a specific location. A weather consulting service can conduct a site-specific, thorough analysis for each large loss hail claim since hail size is not the same from one location to another, even over short distances. The consulting company can make informed decisions on how to proceed with each case by providing details of the hail size at the specific location and the time the previous hair events happened.

Cross-sections or 3-dimensional volume scans, correlation coefficient, differential reflectivity, Doppler radar images, storm reports, and weather warning analysis are all the industry-accepted methodology for investigating hail claims. There is no hail presence if there is no incidence of 50 Dbz above specific levels of the atmosphere over an incident location and if the various radar images don’t indicate hail when conducting a radar analysis over an incident location.

How to Choose the Right Weather Consulting Firm

If someone is looking to choose the right professional for their hail or hurricane claims, the expert they want must stay within their box. Also, they need to consider some of these vital factors:

Preferred Expert Needs to Work for Both Sides

Anyone who intends to know about weather conditions needs an expert who will be willing to do such a job. They also need to split their caseload pretty evenly between defendants and plaintiffs. There will be a problem if a professional only works for defendants or plaintiffs.

Expert testimony

People must ensure that the weather consulting firm they retain will be willing to testify and helpful when they have significant testimony experience.

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