Court rules against Florida dentist's $600K appraisal in Hurricane Irma damage case

A federal court disqualified a Naples, Fla.-based dentist's appraiser because the nearly $600,000 property damage insurance claim was more than the state's 10 percent cap, according to the Florida Record.

H. Anton Richardt, DDS, submitted a $596,875 property damage claim after Hurricane Irma damaged his practice. The dentist's insurer, Landmark, disputed the estimate and sought out its own appraiser. Landmark said Dr. Richardt's practice suffered $13,000 in damages.

Landmark also argued that Dr. Richardt's appraiser had a compensation agreement with the dentist. The appraiser would allegedly receive 10 percent "of all payments made by the insurance company related to the loss," the Florida Record reports.

The court sided with Landmark. However, Landmark's motion for judgement pleadings was denied.

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