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Authors

Ashley Smith

Abstract

While the appraisal procedure is commonly used in property insurance claims, the scope of an appraisal is contested. Courts are divided on whether to allow the determination of causation within an appraisal process. Whether or not to allow the determination of causation in appraisal and the reasoning behind each position can be influential for the majority of state and federal courts who have yet to confront this issue. Outlined below is an overview of the appraisal process within the property insurance context, a distinction of causation from coverage, and courts’ reasoning for allowing or forbidding the determination of causation in the appraisal process.

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