If you file an insurance claim under your policy, the insurer could say that they’ll not pay you or only pay a portion or all of what you’ve declared. There are many reasons this could occur and a variety of ways you can do to deal with the issue.
What could cause your insurance claim to get rejected?
There are many reasons an assertion could be rejected either in fairness or not. A few of them are listed below.
You may have provided incomplete or incorrect details in your claim, either deliberately or accidentally. For instance, what happened or how it took place or what happened to it.
The insurer believes you didn’t use ‘reasonable caution’
The majority of policies have a’reasonable care or ‘duty of care’ clause which obliges you to take measures to stop a claim occurring. For instance, if you placed your valuables in a the floor of your car or left your phone in the car while on the train, the insurer could see this as an excuse to deny your claim.
Inaccuracies, omissions or mistakes within your insurance application
The insurance company can deny an application if the insurer has a reason to believe that you did not take reasonable precautions to answer all questions asked on the application honestly and in a timely manner. One common instance is failing to declare any medical condition that was pre-existing.
Technical “sticking points”
Insurers may discover contentious small print reasons to contest your claim. For instance, they may argue that the item that was stolen or lost was used for business or personal purpose. If the latter is true the item may not be covered under the policy.
The correct claims procedure wasn’t being followed.
Insurance companies often require customers to adhere to the law and could claim that you’re not following their claims procedure in a way that is sufficient to justify refusing to accept it.
The insurer claims it will only pay the amount of the claim.
This could occur, for instance in the event that your policy does not offer enough coverage to fully cover your losses. You’ll be required pay an extra amount in the event that your insurer thinks you’ve exaggerated the amount of your claim.
If you aren’t satisfied with the reason given by the insurance company in refusing to pay your claim, you’re entitled to lodge a grievance.
What should you do if think your claim shouldn’t been denied
Make sure you have the policy documents of your company.
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Examine the specifics in your policies to determine whether the information you have provided is in line with the reason behind the rejection.
It is worth challenging the decision in the event that you believe that it was not fair to reject it. This is due to the fact that these decisions are sometimes overturned (often when you take this to Financial Ombudsman Service – find out more details about this in the following):
Verify that you provided necessary information in the beginning.
Highlight or write down the exact phrase in your insurance policy that states you’re covered . You’ll require it in the future.
If the language is unclear or unclear, write the wording down. Your insurance company is required to provide you with clear and concise details and must provide an adequate explanation as to why they are not paying your claim.
The new rules say that insurance companies can’t deny your claim if you were able to answer their questions in a timely manner in your ability. If your insurer did not request information, but they’ve now said you must have disclosed the information in a timely manner the information, so note that down as well.
Did the insurance company ask you to provide the information it is now claiming you must have disclosed voluntarily? If not, take the note of this.
Find any other documentation which is related the policy.
If, for instance, you wrote an insurance firm a note to inform the company of changes in your situation (this is your obligation) You should try to find the original letter.
Make contact with your insurance provider
If you’ve looked over your insurance policy you’re now ready to contact your insurance provider.
You can call the company to speak with their complaints handlers . You can also compose an official letter of complaint, and send it to the email address provided in the complaints procedure of the company.
Your complaint will then go through the internal review procedure. You may request specifics on this process if you wish to.
If you purchased your policy with an agent they could handle your claim for you. It’s definitely worthwhile to ask, in order to save yourself the headache.
How do you draft an official complaint letter
Here are some helpful guidelines for writing your letter of complaint:
Include an inscription on your letter.
Please provide your name and the your policy number.
Write the word ‘complaint’ in bold letters on the top.
Include any evidence you can to back up your claim.
Write what you want for the business to take action to fix things right.
Be clear in your explanation of your complaint by stating the reasons why your claim shouldn’t be denied.
If you’re dissatisfied with the response of the company. You’ll refer the matter before the Financial Ombudsman Service.
Find an independent evaluation
If the issue is a technical issue or a specialist issue or specialized, you may want to seek an independent opinion. For instance, if the insurer claims that the damages to your property occurred caused by wear and tear but you’re saying it was caused by an accident.
It’s worth contacting an assessment specialist (not in the same way as a loss adjuster who is employed by an insurance firm) to assess the damages and submit their statement to an insurance firm to provide evidence.
You should be aware of the fact that these companies will charge you a fee to represent you.
Even if it doesn’t alter the insurer’s mind the insurance company, it can be valuable data to keep for later.
Visit the Financial Ombudsman Service
If you’re still unsatisfied after having gone through the complaints procedure, you’re entitled to the right to submit complaints to Financial Ombudsman Service.
The Financial Ombudsman Service is an independent, no-cost service that investigates complaints made by people about financial firms.
If you bring your issue with them, they’ll take into consideration all sides of the story, take a look at the evidence and try to come up with a fair solution that is based on information and facts.
You are only able to file a claim after receiving the term “final response from your insurance company or when eight weeks have been passed but you haven’t received any response from them.
If they find that your claim was incorrectly denied If they decide that your claim was rejected incorrectly, the Financial Ombudsman Service have the authority to force their insurance provider:
Explain the reasons behind its actions.
make compensation payments or take actions to alter the result.
Send it in with an original copy of the final reply letter you received from the insurance provider and any other documents that can support your case.
Do I need an “expert for help with my issue?
There’s no need for any assistance or help when you have a complaint.
The Financial Ombudsman Service is a non-cost and informal service. We we would love to listen to people in the form of your personal words.
Every person has the right to have someone else take action on their behalf.
A few people may prefer to get somebody from neighborhood Citizens Advice or a relative or friend assist the person with their complaint.
However, if you choose to hire someone to argue your case on your behalf such as an insurance company that handles claims You may have to cover their expenses yourself.
It could be that you pay them a percentage of the compensation you’re awarded.