Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.




9887 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 3011

Trusted
Subscriber

Topic # 143340 11-Apr-2014 10:44
Send private message

I filed a claim last year following the Seddon quake.

EQC sent a couple of men round to inspect and assess, which they did and accepted the claim.

Now 5 months later and no sign of any money at all to undertake repairs. I would estimate we are talking $2500-$5000 max.

I rang them this morning and was told that the claim had to go through 'settlement review' (which for such small sums in a relatively simple claim ought to take no more than 15 minutes!) and when I pressed for a time was told it would "probably happen this year but no promises"!!

I said I thought that was ridiculous and asked them to note on the file that I would be holding them liable for any further damage caused by their negligent failure to settle the claim in a timely manner.

Is this sort of incompetence usual?!





Filter this topic showing only the reply marked as answer View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic
 1 | 2 | 3
Onward
11332 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 5053

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 1023322 11-Apr-2014 10:59
Send private message

My sister in law in Christchurch is still fighting EQC, their Insurance company has quoted $253,000 to repair their home, EQC have set their price at $54,000 hence the fight.

EQC = Every Quote Crap




Mike
Retired IT Manager. 
The views stated in my posts are my personal views and not that of any other organisation.

 

 It's our only home, lets clean it up then...

 

Take My Advice, Pull Down Your Pants And Slide On The Ice!

 

 


1916 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 110


  Reply # 1023323 11-Apr-2014 11:00

Priorities ... Not sure if you noticed but there was a few major earthquakes over the last few years. It will happen but you're just not important enough I'm afraid.

 
 
 
 


5033 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 2316


  Reply # 1023326 11-Apr-2014 11:05
Send private message

I could write a book about EQC incompetence and my experiences with them...

Their call centre staff routinely lie - so don't believe what they say.
You can "hold them liable" for future damage - but good luck:
1) From my experience they will try to use the clause about not being responsible for "consequential damage" to avoid paying out for ie water damage.  They even put this in writing to me.
2) As they are governed by Act of Parliament, you can't sue them through the disputes tribunal or district court.  The only way to get them is via the High Court.  The only help you might be able to get is through the Office of the Ombudsman.




9887 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 3011

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 1023328 11-Apr-2014 11:07
Send private message

SteveON: Priorities ... Not sure if you noticed but there was a few major earthquakes over the last few years. It will happen but you're just not important enough I'm afraid.


But the point is that the claim is so small it should be paid without so much review. It's an insignificant sum the responsibility for approval of which should be delegated a long way down the pile. For example, they could require insurers to settle claims below $10,000 immediately once accepted and then require the insurers to claim back from them on an annual basis. Much better for customers as more claims are likely to be small in a normal year than large.

When they combine this with a protocol that allows them to refuse to cover your actual costs in getting repairs done if you choose to do it first say because water is coming in, it just looks like ACC - good on paper but c**p in reality.





5033 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 2316


  Reply # 1023329 11-Apr-2014 11:11
Send private message

KiwiNZ: My sister in law in Christchurch is still fighting EQC, their Insurance company has quoted $253,000 to repair their home, EQC have set their price at $54,000 hence the fight.

EQC = Every Quote Crap


This could have been us.

Insurance costing $250k.  
EQC estimate $69k - which was absolutely never believable.

No dispute about what was or wasn't EQ damage - just sheer incompetence by EQC.


BTR

1337 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 356

Subscriber

  Reply # 1023340 11-Apr-2014 11:33
Send private message

All I can say is good luck. Christchurch residents have been fighting EQC since the earthquakes, to be honest you are probably better off just repairing the damage yourself.

13318 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1586


  Reply # 1023414 11-Apr-2014 12:52
One person supports this post
Send private message

Well under the CGA for services,

Service providers guarantee their services will be: Completed within a reasonable time.

Maybe they are not covered by the CGA under legislation, although they are essentially a service where you pay premiums to them.

5033 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 2316


  Reply # 1023429 11-Apr-2014 13:37
One person supports this post
Send private message

They're not covered by the CGA - EQC is governed by the EQC Act.  There is a clause in the (weasel-worded) Act requiring them to act within "reasonable time - or within 12 months.  A problem is that "resolution - within reasonable time" isn't defined in terms of meaning full settlement - like most of the Act, it's subject to interpretation.  If you want to fight that, then it's the High Court.

I did win my dispute with them in the end.  I even have a two-page detailed letter of apology from them - which I intend to frame and hang in the hallway of my house (when I finally get it fixed). 



14884 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 3810

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 1023430 11-Apr-2014 13:40
Send private message

Geektastic:
SteveON: Priorities ... Not sure if you noticed but there was a few major earthquakes over the last few years. It will happen but you're just not important enough I'm afraid.


But the point is that the claim is so small it should be paid without so much review. It's an insignificant sum the responsibility for approval of which should be delegated a long way down the pile. For example, they could require insurers to settle claims below $10,000 immediately once accepted and then require the insurers to claim back from them on an annual basis. Much better for customers as more claims are likely to be small in a normal year than large.

When they combine this with a protocol that allows them to refuse to cover your actual costs in getting repairs done if you choose to do it first say because water is coming in, it just looks like ACC - good on paper but c**p in reality.


So claims should be handled by size rather than the order in which they are received. Personally I think that would be terrible. There are hundreds if not thousands of people worse off than you. Why don't you just get it repaired if it's a major problem for you, and wait for payment to reimburse you?

14884 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 3810

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 1023431 11-Apr-2014 13:42
Send private message

Geektastic:
SteveON: Priorities ... Not sure if you noticed but there was a few major earthquakes over the last few years. It will happen but you're just not important enough I'm afraid.


But the point is that the claim is so small it should be paid without so much review. It's an insignificant sum the responsibility for approval of which should be delegated a long way down the pile. For example, they could require insurers to settle claims below $10,000 immediately once accepted and then require the insurers to claim back from them on an annual basis. Much better for customers as more claims are likely to be small in a normal year than large.

When they combine this with a protocol that allows them to refuse to cover your actual costs in getting repairs done if you choose to do it first say because water is coming in, it just looks like ACC - good on paper but c**p in reality.


I also think your assertion that ACC is cr*p is nonsense, thousands of people use ACC without issue every week. Like all large organizations they are unlikely to get it right every time. I don't think appreciate the scale of things.

3979 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 2023

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 1023432 11-Apr-2014 13:42
Send private message

I didn't bother trying to claim with EQC after the Wellington Anniversary quake 2014. We have a bunch of micro cracks in the stucco walls of our house. I repaired it myself.




Whatifthespacekeyhadneverbeeninvented?


6983 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 2218

Subscriber

  Reply # 1023446 11-Apr-2014 14:20
Send private message

My Parents home had about 30k of damage from the September quake, they were just about to start renovations before the quake, so before they started EQC sent someone round to access, then they started on their renovation. during the renovation they fixed all the issues that were picked up during the assessment.

they paid to have it all fixed on the premiss that they would be paid back for the work. the tradies quoted the work to fix the earthquake damaged bits and it lined up with what EQC quoted.

It took ECQ over a year to pay them their money, even though the work was done. They have no idea why. it seems stupid, one less person on their books.

They sent them a letter saying they would be paid within 30 working days, they got paid on day 32 or 33.

it really cant be that hard to settle a painless claim like that. There must be some serious holes in the whole process

14884 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 3810

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 1023448 11-Apr-2014 14:21
Send private message

Jase2985: My Parents home had about 30k of damage from the September quake, they were just about to start renovations before the quake, so before they started EQC sent someone round to access, then they started on their renovation. during the renovation they fixed all the issues that were picked up during the assessment.

they paid to have it all fixed on the premiss that they would be paid back for the work. the tradies quoted the work to fix the earthquake damaged bits and it lined up with what EQC quoted.

It took ECQ over a year to pay them their money, even though the work was done. They have no idea why. it seems stupid, one less person on their books.

They sent them a letter saying they would be paid within 30 working days, they got paid on day 32 or 33.

it really cant be that hard to settle a painless claim like that. There must be some serious holes in the whole process


Or, you are one of thousands of claimants, who all feel the same way!


5033 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 2316


  Reply # 1023449 11-Apr-2014 14:25
One person supports this post
Send private message

networkn:
Geektastic:
SteveON: Priorities ... Not sure if you noticed but there was a few major earthquakes over the last few years. It will happen but you're just not important enough I'm afraid.


But the point is that the claim is so small it should be paid without so much review. It's an insignificant sum the responsibility for approval of which should be delegated a long way down the pile. For example, they could require insurers to settle claims below $10,000 immediately once accepted and then require the insurers to claim back from them on an annual basis. Much better for customers as more claims are likely to be small in a normal year than large.

When they combine this with a protocol that allows them to refuse to cover your actual costs in getting repairs done if you choose to do it first say because water is coming in, it just looks like ACC - good on paper but c**p in reality.


So claims should be handled by size rather than the order in which they are received. Personally I think that would be terrible. There are hundreds if not thousands of people worse off than you. Why don't you just get it repaired if it's a major problem for you, and wait for payment to reimburse you?


IMO EQC should never have been involved in assessment / claims processes directly.  Prior to the Chch quakes they were just an office with a few staff shuffling paper, and were not capable of upping resources to handle the number of claims faced. They wasted $300 million of taxpayer/EQC stakeholder money, as those assessments were toilet paper - produced by people with no expertise or credibility.
But there's also a problem if EQC handed assessment of all claims to private insurers, as there's no incentive for those insurers to minimise claim values.  EQC needs to be (and will be) "revised" soon.  Hopefully that will change the relationship between EQC, private Insurers and property owners in a positive way.
The negative will be that (IMO) low excess for EQ damage is unsustainable.  Already the private insurers have changed excess for "out of (EQC) scope" damage to driveways etc, to $5-!0,000 (this quietly while they also changed from "full replacement" to "sum insured").  There's been a massive amount of work going on in Chch fixing minor damage to gib board by EQC, and replacing cracks in concrete driveways by private insurers, limiting resources available for more important repairs.




9887 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 3011

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 1023450 11-Apr-2014 14:29
Send private message

networkn:
Geektastic:
SteveON: Priorities ... Not sure if you noticed but there was a few major earthquakes over the last few years. It will happen but you're just not important enough I'm afraid.


But the point is that the claim is so small it should be paid without so much review. It's an insignificant sum the responsibility for approval of which should be delegated a long way down the pile. For example, they could require insurers to settle claims below $10,000 immediately once accepted and then require the insurers to claim back from them on an annual basis. Much better for customers as more claims are likely to be small in a normal year than large.

When they combine this with a protocol that allows them to refuse to cover your actual costs in getting repairs done if you choose to do it first say because water is coming in, it just looks like ACC - good on paper but c**p in reality.


I also think your assertion that ACC is cr*p is nonsense, thousands of people use ACC without issue every week. Like all large organizations they are unlikely to get it right every time. I don't think appreciate the scale of things.


Think what you like. As someone who has now waited nearly 10 weeks for payment from the ACC, I think they are worse than c**p. Very fast to send me levy invoices and threaten legal action if you don't pay in seconds, appallingly bad at giving out the other way. Perhaps better if you are a PAYE drone rather than self employed, I don't know.

Businesses should deal with things in a timely manner. Personally I couldn't care a jot that some people have bigger claims than I do or when they filed them. The simple fact is, ACC could easily find a simple way to deal with small claims very quickly, reducing their backlog and improving their performance.

It is fundamentally obvious that a $300,000 claim requires a lot of work when compared to a $5000 claim.

They have already agreed to pay my claim - they are not arguing over that and have already been and done the assessment. All they need to do now is press buttons and print the cheque. No need for that to take 5 months. That is inefficiency and incompetence.





 1 | 2 | 3
Filter this topic showing only the reply marked as answer View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic



Twitter »

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:





News »

UFB killer app: Speed
Posted 17-Nov-2017 17:01


The case for RSS — MacSparky
Posted 13-Nov-2017 14:35


WordPress and Indieweb: Take control of your online presence — 6:30 GridAKL Nov 30
Posted 11-Nov-2017 13:43


Chorus reveals technology upgrade for schools, students
Posted 10-Nov-2017 10:28


Vodafone says Internet of Things (IoT) crucial for digital transformation
Posted 10-Nov-2017 10:06


Police and Facebook launch AMBER Alerts system in NZ
Posted 9-Nov-2017 10:49


Amazon debuts Fire TV Stick Basic Edition in over 100 new countries
Posted 8-Nov-2017 05:34


Vodafone VoIP transition to start this month
Posted 7-Nov-2017 12:33


Spark enhances IoT network capability
Posted 7-Nov-2017 11:33


Vocus NZ sale and broadband competition
Posted 6-Nov-2017 14:36


Hawaiki reaches key milestone in landmark deep-sea fibre project
Posted 4-Nov-2017 13:53


Countdown launches new proximity online shopping app
Posted 4-Nov-2017 13:50


Nokia 3310 to be available through Spark New Zealand
Posted 4-Nov-2017 13:31


Nest launches in New Zealand
Posted 4-Nov-2017 12:31


Active wholesale as Chorus tackles wireless challenge
Posted 3-Nov-2017 10:55



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.