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
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
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
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
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
The insurance claims market is constantly changing, and usually in ways driven by the insurance companies themselves. We have noticed, and I’m sure you have too if you have been monitoring the press recently, that the insurance companies are changing the way they are dealing with claims. This is in our view, in order to slow down the payment of settlements. Don’t get me wrong, we are in no way implying that your insurers will not pay the claim, we are stating however, that they are taking longer to do so.
Here- to- fore, property damage claims were being dealt with, very quickly and we were constantly hearing from loss adjusters that they were under pressure from insurers to meet deadlines in relation to first visits of sites of damage. And then further deadlines in relation to producing reports, both preliminary reports and final reports to the insurance companies in order to progress the claim to settlement as quickly as possible. Payments were based cash with no effort by insurance companies to undertake any replacement or reinstatement work themselves Continue reading Why use an independent loss assessor?
Flooding is a natural process which can happen at any time in a wide variety of locations across Ireland. Assets at risk from flooding can include housing, public infrastructure, commercial property and industrial enterprises. Understanding flood risk is an essential step in managing the associated impacts and making informed decisions.