The winter of 2015 went on record as one of the snowiest and active winter storm seasons ever. Boston’s Logan Airport recorded its all-time record of 110.6 inches (over 9 feet) of snow. Exacerbating the potential property damage was the quick timing between snow fall events, resulting in a record 6 feet of snow in just 18 days. In addition, the record 42 days straight without reaching 40 degrees resulted in long term effects on roof structures (i.e. permanent bowing and ice dams) due to the lack of snow melt.
VERTEX’s forensic engineers and construction professionals mobilized to the region and responded to over 500 Personal Line, Commercial Line, and Builder’s Risk Property claims. Our professional engineers provided the damage assessments and repair protocols and our construction professionals provided the cost estimates. Our average turnaround time of 10 calendar days from inspection to report (including cost estimates) was deferred by one week during this CAT event. VERTEX used full time staff for this and all CAT events we perform.
Subsequent to the New England snow event of 2015, VERTEX did not receive post-claim consulting requests related to claim escalation(s) or bad faith litigation; associated with our damage assessments. VERTEX was asked to respond to one disputed cost estimate for a metal building purlin retrofit. VERTEX’s construction division ultimately completed the repair work within the amount estimated by VERTEX and reserved by the carrier.