The procedure of filing a life insurance claim is easy. You can file your claim online or by calling the number listed on the back of your policy. The insurance company will investigate and determine whether or not you have a valid claim.
Once they decide that you do have a valid claim, they will send out an adjuster who will evaluate your loss and ensure it’s covered under the terms of your policy. If so, then you’ll receive a check for the amount of your claim.
What Does the Company’s Claim Settlement Ratio Indicate?
A claim settlement ratio is a number that shows how much the company paid out in life insurance claims over the past year. Companies that pay out a high percentage of claims within the first year (52%) tend to make claims quickly. Remember that claims for older policies will likely be more complicated and need a longer investigation time.
What Is the Exact Process of Filing a Life Insurance Claim?
- Death Claim
The first and most important step is to notify your life insurance company of your claim. The claimant must fill out a detailed intimation form that includes information such as the insured’s name, policy number, cause of death, date of death, place of death, and claimant’s name (you).
- Rider Claims
Additional riders can be purchased with a life insurance claim to protect your dependents from particular circumstances. The insurance company will request documentation such as a copy of the police report, a disability certificate from the treating physician, a hospital report, etc.
- Maturity and Survival Claims
Maturity payment is the payment made by an insurance provider at the end of the policy term or on the maturity date. The money assured, as well as any incentives, are included in the payment amount. In such cases, the insurer must notify the policyholder in advance.
Why Do Life Insurers Reject Claims?
Here are the top 5 reasons life insurers reject claims:
- Misclassification of death – Life insurance claims payout when you die, unlike most other insurance types. If your company misidentifies you as having died and rejects your claim, it is stealing from the policyholder’s estate.
- Existing life insurance: Human Life Value is a concept used in life insurance (HLV). HLV calculates the financial impact of an individual’s death on their dependents. HLV, of course, varies from person to person.
- Lack of accurate medical information: If there is a considerable discrepancy in your medical status, your claim may be re-examined and eventually rejected. When submitting medical information to your insurer, it is vital to be truthful and honest.
What Happens After a life Insurance Claim is Filed?
Your life insurer confirms the beneficiary’s identity and guarantees the insurance is active once you submit your claim with the relevant proof. According to regulations, a claim must be settled within 30 days of receiving the essential documentation.
If a claim necessitates additional investigation, the insurer must wait 90 days for adjudication and another 30 days for payment from the date the claim is filed. If you have any questions about life insurance claims, reach out to our team at Abbate Insurance Associates, and we will assist you throughout the process.