Earthquakes! In Ireland?!

You may or may not be aware of them, but from time to time earthquakes occur in Ireland. Their frequency is rare and their impact is minimal but did you know that almost all insurance policies cover them?

On Tuesday and Wednesday the 26th and 27th of January this year Donegal was hit by two minor quakes measuring 1.5 and 1.7 respectively on the Richter scale.  This brought the number of quakes in Donegal in January to 3! Quakes in Ireland are nothing new, in 1984, an earthquake hit Dublin which measured 5.5 on the Richter scale. This is the largest ever recorded in Ireland. The aftershocks from this quake measured up to 4 on the Richter scale. Continue reading Earthquakes! In Ireland?!

Honesty is the best policy, the Proposal Form

When it comes to your proposal form, be a saint
When it comes to your proposal form, be a saint

Many consumers consider insurance as somewhat of a grudge purchase, we would all prefer not to have to pay for it as many of us will pay premiums without ever, hopefully, having to use the service that we are paying for.

With this in mind, it is fair to say that many people fill out their proposal forms for insurance cover in a somewhat generous way by providing inaccurate information that will bring the premium down a little. In fairness to most consumers, many see this practice of omitting certain minor details as an innocent practice, but beware, your insurers and the wider insurance industry, including ourselves, do not. Continue reading Honesty is the best policy, the Proposal Form

Congratulations to our competition winner

Congratulations to Linda O’Connor of Ashbourne, Co. Meath, winner of Clearys Loss Assessors 25th year anniversary draw for a weekend away for 2 in any Carlton Hotel of her choice. Well done from all the team at Clearys, we hope you enjoy your getaway, have a great time.

We would also like to thank everyone who entered the competition, we had a great response.

Flood victims may be jilted by insurers Sunday Independent November 29 2009

Biblical floods may have destroyed the contents of your home — will insurers now try to pull a fast one, asks Louise McBride

THE devastation that swept the country over the last few weeks as floods wreaked havoc with homes and businesses could be only just beginning. Continue reading Flood victims may be jilted by insurers Sunday Independent November 29 2009

The Devil is in the Detail

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We all assume that when something goes wrong, our insurance company is there to help us out  and foot the bill. This is the wrong assumption to make as an increasingly hig number of risks  are either underinsured, insured incorrectly or are not insured at all.

Insurance companies, like any other business, are there to maximise profits, it is their duty to  their shareholders to do so. In the event of a claim, insurance companies try to minimise the  amount that they pay out through the strict enforcement of policy terms and conditions. Insurers use little known devices such as the ‘rule of average’. Continue reading The Devil is in the Detail

Assessors and Adjusters

What happens when you make a claim

stress Once you submit a claim to your insurance company the first thing they will do is appoint one  of their professional loss adjusters to use their experience and expertise to minimise the  amount of money that they have to pay out. It is important to emphasise that the appointed  loss adjuster acts solely on behalf of the insurance company and is paid by them.

When the loss assessor visits your property to inspect the damage he or she will discuss the  nature and extent of the claim with you and prepare a detailed and confidential report for the  insurance company that is not available to you, the policy holder. Continue reading Assessors and Adjusters

What happens when you make an insurance claim

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Once you submit a claim to your insurance company the first thing they will do is appoint one of their professional loss adjusters to use their experience and expertise to minimise the amount of money that they have to pay out. It is important to emphasise that the appointed loss assessor acts solely on behalf of the insurance company and is paid by them.

When the loss assessor visits your property to inspect the damage he or she will discuss the nature and extent of the claim with you and prepare a detailed and confidential report for the insurance company that is not available to you, the policy holder. Continue reading What happens when you make an insurance claim

From payphones to twitter

Sean Cleary founder and Managing Director Clearys Loss Assessors

Sean Cleary founder and Managing Director

Celebrating 25 years at Clearys Loss Assessors

This year Cleary’s Loss Assessing and Insurance Services celebrates’ 25 years in business. We spoke to Sean Cleary, founder and Managing Director on the early days of being in business way back in 1984 and about how much change has taken place over the last 25 years.

Ireland in the 1984 was a different country to the one we live in today. Unemployment peaked, emigration was extensive and interest rates were in double figures. Tax rates also were at record levels with the government of the day telling the people that they were living beyond their means and the country was broke. All was doom and gloom and although it is fair to draw parallels to the situation we face today, back then the outlook really was bleak with little or no hope for optimism. Continue reading From payphones to twitter