Insurance claims stemming from hail-related damage have increased markedly in the past two years, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB). In its latest ForeCAST report, NICB points to an 84-percent rise in the number of claims logged in 2012 compared to that in 2010. To put things into perspective, 467,602 hail damage claims were filed in 2010, followed by 689,267 in 2011, and then 861,597 in 2012.

It’s no secret the nation has experienced severe storms of escalating magnitude and frequency. These storms have produced damaging winds, tornadoes, hail that have affected a larger swath of the U.S. The reason these storms are occurring in rapid succession is a subject of contentious debate, yet their far-reaching impact is clear—extensive property damage and, by extension, a mound of personal and commercial p&c claims.

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