If you're lucky, you may never need to apply for insurance. However, at some point in our lives things can go wrong and that is when you may have to file an insurance claim.
Since you may be making a claim for the first time, here's what you need to know about insurance claims.
The first payment is not the only payment you receive.
Yes, that's right. As usual, an expert will assess the damage and make a proposal to replace the damage. However, the offer is conditional and subject to the terms and conditions agreed upon at the time of the agreement. However, the first check is an advance payment for the agreed total amount.
You can also choose on-site billing. If further damages occur later, you can always sue for additional amounts.
You don't get paid for everything.
It's understandable that you'd expect an insurance company to pay for each claim, but that's not the case.
For example, if your insured home is damaged by a natural disaster. Of course, you want the insurance company to cover all losses. However, you must know that coverage is limited to the terms agreed upon at the time of the agreement. You will not get paid for excluded losses.
It takes time.
Like anything else, processing an insurance claim takes a considerable amount of time. For example, in the case of a life insurance claim, death certificates, application forms, and sometimes original policy documents must be submitted. If the claim amount is a large amount, the process becomes longer. That's because the company thoroughly checks everything to make sure that a death doesn't happen if the contract is waived.
Your funds may be sent directly to the contractor.
While it's not a hard and fast rule, sometimes contractors will ask you to sign a "Payment Method" form. This allows the insurance company to pay the contractor directly. This should be avoided at all costs as your entire claim will be allocated to the contractor. Of course, this is not what you want.
If you still want to proceed with such arrangements, please ensure that the damage is fully repaired before claiming full payment from your insurance company.
The Bottom Line.
It is important to note that the lower the total number of claims during the policy period, the better the coverage of the premium rate.
Needless to say, an insurance claim is a time-consuming process and will test your patience. It's important that you manage everything very carefully. Start filing your claim after you have the information you need. Any delays can sometimes result in the insurance company not paying for the additional damages that the delay might cause.