Grace for Today…

My wife and I were at an insurance conference in Florida in early May. It was nice to enjoy the sunshine, although for two of the days the temps were warmer here in Central PA than in Florida.

On our return trip, the flight from Jacksonville to Philadelphia started out being delayed by 45 minutes. Then every 45 minutes or so, it was delayed further until we finally took off three hours late. The delay caused us to miss the last connecting flight to Harrisburg that day. Our original plans had us back home in plenty of time to babysit our granddaughter and attend our son-in-law’s surprise 30th birthday party. Unfortunately, we missed out on the fun.

Everyone on that Philadelphia-bound flight probably was facing similar changes in their plans. It’s interesting to watch people’s reactions to such adversity. Some graciously take the news in stride while others display outsized emotions at the inconvenience of it all.

My wife and I were, thankfully, able to maintain an even keel, but it was frustrating not being in control of the situation. I tried to remind myself that a lot of people are working in the background to ensure traveler safety, handle the flood of alternative plans, and deal with complaints. Plus the food available in the Jacksonville airport was several notches better than some of the airports I’ve been stuck in over the years, even if the prices were sky high, so to speak.

Fortunately, once we got to Philadelphia, our travel agent was able to book a last-minute car rental with Avis from Philly to Harrisburg, and the airline refunded a portion of the flight cost to offset the expense. It made for a very long day, but we made it home safely, just many hours later than expected.

In our role as insurance advisors, one of the most challenging times for our clients is when a claim happens. We understand that emotions can run high in such moments. One way to minimize frustration is to contact our office and allow us to report your claim to the insurance company for you.

If you’re facing an emergency, please make contact on the claim as soon as possible either with us or the insurer. But if time allows, please seek our counsel and allow us to submit the claim and offer assistance from the outset. We can answer your questions, alleviate some concerns, and explain the timeline so you know what to expect. The claims experience is probably an infrequent disruption for you (hopefully it’s infrequent!), but we deal with it every day and can provide insight to assist.

When your plans get changed suddenly, we’re here to help make sure things go as smoothly as possible. In addition to our typical hours, our office is open to serve you on Thursday nights until 8 pm and Saturday mornings from 8 am to 12 pm.

Please understand that many people will be working together to handle your claim—adjustors, body shops, contractors, rental car companies, customer service folks, and others.

We promise to walk with you when adversity strikes so you’re not flying by the seat of your pants and hopefully allow grace to improve the experience.

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