Policy is Homeowners 3 - Special Form (South Carolina). Policy has Windstorm or Hail Exclusion: "In all forms, coverage for the peril of windstorm or hail is deleted." Policy does cover the peril of Falling Objects. "This peril does not include loss to property contained in a building unless the roof or an outside wall of the building is first damaged by a falling object. Damage to the falling object itself is not included."
So: During a windstorm, a tree limb falls and damages severely damages roof, e.g., crushes rafters.
Does windstorm exclusion apply to the roof, where the damage was NOT a direct result of the wind (wind didn't crush the rafters), but rather an indirect result of the wind (falling object)?
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posted: Oct. 7, 2016 @ 6:32p
Cut down all trees that are located less than their height distance away from your house, tonight.
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posted: Oct. 8, 2016 @ 12:36a
Historically, falling tree limbs and the related damage have not been covered. I had two separate occasions my tree limbs took out the neighbor's power lines and the connection to their home. I was not responsible under "Act of God" exemptions. Snow storm caused tree limbs to fall.
In Nebraska, HO3 coverage of damage due to wind and hail is a major covered claim each year. Tree limbs caused damage are an exception.
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posted: Oct. 8, 2016 @ 6:19a
JW10 said: In Nebraska, HO3 coverage of damage due to wind and hail is a major covered claim each year. Tree limbs caused damage are an exception. Come again? 2 years ago an 18 inch diameter branch broke off a tree in my backyard taking out part of the back deck railing. Damage was well under my deductible, but if it was 10 feet closer to the house, it would have gone through the roof. H.O. won't cover that?
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posted: Oct. 8, 2016 @ 10:29a
Tree limbs, like meteors and satellites, are without doubt Falling Objects. My question is about the interaction between this covered peril and the Windstorm exclusion.
posted: Nov. 2, 2016 @ 3:26p
Tuphat...I am dealing with this exact circumstance on a family owned property in Hilton Head. Perhaps, you are involved in our claim? More likely, you are dealing with a separate issue. I would love to communicate with you directly if possible.
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posted: Nov. 2, 2016 @ 4:11p
tuphat said: Tree limbs, like meteors and satellites, are without doubt Falling Objects. My question is about the interaction between this covered peril and the Windstorm exclusion. My strong hunch in general is that the loss is excluded. The falling object was caused by the windstorm.
Does the windstorm exclusion contain any additional language? For example, clause A2 in this random exclusion language I google'd (http://iacoop.biz/endorsements/CP%201054.pdf) seems to specifically include this type of consequential loss.
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