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Notice of a claim is, of course, the reason for opening an insurance claim file. In many jurisdictions, however, the closely scrutinized handling of a hurricane or another catastrophe claim requires special awareness. Many states, such as Michigan, carry statutes requiring that claims be paid in whole or in part within a reasonable amount of time. In other states, such as Wisconsin, similar statutes stipulate that any partial amount of an insurance claim is considered overdue if not paid within a time certain — 30 days, under the Wisconsin statute — after such written notice is furnished to the insurer.

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