Q: Can an insurance adjuster in NC have an unlicensed third party provide findings AND estimate, and sign off/approve it?
Looking for legal answer regarding property and casualty insurance adjusting, specifically claims handling. Can a licensed NC adjuster have a third party collect photo documentation of property damages AND provide an estimate to the adjuster, which the adjuster signs off on (in engineering this is known as "rubber-stamping", which is not allowed by the board of engineers). We'll assume the adjuster is an independent adjuster, working for a firm who also employs the inspector who provided the documentation and estimate. Thanks!
A: A North Carolina attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. Insurance practices involve state law. But nationwide, it is not uncommon for third parties to be used for adjusting or managing claims. Only a N.C. attorney could advise on the specific requirements or conflicts issues under state law, but in general, third parties are used in the industry nationwide for claims adjustment purposes. Good luck
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