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      RS 22:1297     


§1297.  Damaged vehicle in storage facility; timely appraisal; penalties

A.  Whenever a property damage claim on a personal vehicle is made by an insured or a third party claimant, and the damaged vehicle is located in a storage facility, the insurer responsible for payment of the claim shall cause an appraisal of the damaged vehicle to be made within ten working days of the date of notification of the location and availability of the vehicle.  In the event the property damage is caused by a natural disaster or catastrophe or unusual circumstances, the appraisal requirement in this Section shall be twenty working days.

B.  Failure to make an appraisal within such time shall subject the insurer to a penalty, in addition to any other amounts owed, of ten percent of the value of the vehicle as determined by subsequent appraisal, or one thousand dollars, whichever is greater, payable to the insured or third party together with any appraisal fee, and all reasonable attorney fees incurred as a result of a violation of this Section.

Acts 1992, No. 867, §1; Redesignated from R.S. 22:673 by Acts 2008, No. 415, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 2009.

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