Filing an insurance claim is tricky business. There are complex forms and legal jargon, plus a complicated and often long process just to get what’s rightfully yours. Although you should hire a public adjuster, it does help to know answers to some basic insurance claims FAQs.
When Should You File a Claim?
Do you know when it’s necessary to file a claim and when it isn’t? If you’re looking at damages that will cost less than your deductible to repair or only a couple hundred bucks, it might not be necessary to file a claim.
You should also keep in mind that filing a claim will likely raise your rates ,and in some cases your insurance could be canceled. Think it through carefully and if the event meets these criteria, then you should go ahead with your claim:
- When there is an injured party
- Fault isn’t clear
- When you’ll incur a total loss such as from a fire or are unable to pay for damages out of pocket
What Steps Must You Take to Properly File a Claim?
If you’ve been involved in an accident, you need to be sure to file a police report even if you’re not sure if you need one. Insurance companies often require that to compensate you.
In the event of an accident, whether on land or water, you need to gather information and make sure you document everything. Contact names and info, insurance details, photos, detailed notes will all need to be part of your claim.
If there were injuries, you should also include in your file all doctors reports, bills, and all other documentation related to the injuries.
When You Need to Contact Your Insurance Company?
Most insurance policies have a deadline, so make sure you file within that time limit. Once you’ve contacted them, find out exactly what documentation they require and the name of the person you will be working with.
Be Prepared to Fight for a Decent Settlement and to Wait
Insurance companies have their own adjusters who 100% work for them. Their mission isn’t to get you the highest settlement but to get by on paying you the bare minimum.
So, be ready to fight for what you are due and wait, because settlements can take weeks, months, or even years to conclude.
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