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Investigating Suspicious Weather Claims

Contributed by Steve Roberts, CCM, CompuWeather Sr. Forensic Meteorologist, Weather Expert and Certified Consulting Meteorologist

In the recent past, both on TV and in major criminal cases, many have been exposed to the positive results achieved by CSI teams when asked to perform a forensic investigation of a crime scene. By conducting very intense and thorough investigations they are typically able to uncover and unlock the true facts revolving around a criminal case which may not have been so obvious prior to their involvement on the case. The same typically hold trues when dealing with weather-related insurance claims and legal cases. When in doubt, call in the professional forensic weather investigators and you may also discover results you did not originally expect or anticipate.

CompuWeather was recently contacted by an insurance company to investigate a suspicious claim of visible flood damage submitted by an insured a few days after a new policy was issued.  The claim was submitted from an extremely rural location where most of the general public would believe that historical weather data would be sparse and it would be impossible to accurately reconstruct the timing of past weather events.  CompuWeather’s knowledge and access to multiple layers of localized data in the area, including Doppler Radar precipitation estimates, proved that the heavy rainfall did indeed occur at the site of the insurance claim, but that the event occurred a few short hours before the insured purchased the new insurance policy.  Backed by a forensic weather analysis prepared by a CompuWeather Expert, the insurance company was able to verify the timing of the rainfall event and deny the fraudulent claim on the basis that the rainfall event occurred prior to the insurance coverage period.

Utilizing forensic meteorology for all of your weather-related claims and cases should always be a requirement. Not having a complete and accurate understanding of the related weather conditions ultimately leads to poor case/claim handling and management, tarnished reputation, loss of trust, higher costs and large expenditures for one or more of the parties that may not be truly warranted.