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Claim Procedures

On receipt of claim intimation, the broker will forward a claim form to the insured.
Submit the completed claim form along with an estimate of the loss to the broker /insurer. It is preferable to submit an itemized estimate with separate values.
The broker / insurer will arrange for inspection of the damaged items to assess the loss. In case of major losses, a specialist-licensed surveyor is deputed.
The insured has to provide the required documents to substantiate the extent of loss.
In case the cause of loss is not established, it is for the insured to prove that the loss or damage has occurred due to an insured peril.
On agreement of claim amount between the insured and the insurer, the claim is settled.
Average Clause - As per the Terms and Condition of the Policy ·
Excess as stated as per the Policy terms and condition will be deducted from the claim payable.
In view of varied nature of policies, certain points distinct to individual policies, in addition to the above, are listed below : ( Documents mentioned are indications and based on the circumstances of the claim insurer may request additional documents)

Claims under Fire / IAR policies

Firstly the insured should take all possible steps to minimize the loss.
The fire brigade may be intimated immediately.
Lodge a police complaint in case of a fire arising out of - rioting mob, striking workers, malicious damage by third parties or terrorist damage.
Inform insurer as early as possible , in no case later than 24 hours
To co-operate with the surveyor appointed by the insurer by relevant information.
Obtain a meteorological report in case of loss due to cyclone, flood & inundation and if the loss is localized like in the case of flood & inundation from a local water source, MRO report may be obtained.
If the policy is on 'reinstatement basis', the claim is settled only after completion of repairs/replacement of the damaged items and submission of bills for claim payment.

Burglary Claims / Money Insurance / Fidelity

Immediately report to the police and obtain a non-traceable certificate that the items are not found.
Notify insurer as early as possible.
The insurers will insist upon a letter of undertaking on a stamp paper of appropriate value - letter of Subrogation, for refunding the claim amount when the stolen property is recovered.
Obtain a final report from Police.
Insured has to provide the surveyor complete book of accounts and bills substantiating the loss on the day of incidence.

Machinery Breakdown

Immediate notification to the insurer
Notice of claim and estimated cost of repairs should be filed with the insurers to arrange for inspection.
In case of partial losses, no depreciation is charged but when the items are not insured for its present day replacement value, the items are treated as underinsured and the claim amount is proportionately reduced. Depreciation is only applied for Total Loss claims.
If an appliance is partially damaged, it should be repaired (on approval from insurance company) before it is put to use, as otherwise further loss is not covered.

Electronic Equipments
Immediate notification to the insurer.
Notice of claim and estimated cost of repairs should be filed with the insurers to arrange for inspection.
In case of partial losses, no depreciation is charged but when the items are not insured for its present day replacement value, the items are treated as underinsured and the claim amount is proportionately reduced. Depreciation is only applied for Total Loss claims.
If an appliance is partially damaged, it should be repaired (on approval from insurance company) before it is put to use, as otherwise further loss is not covered.

Household goods in transit

In case any damage is suspected in transit, open delivery should be insisted upon the carrier and their certificate should be obtained.
In case of loss/damage in transit, a monetary claim should be lodged with the carrier within the time limit to protect recovery rights, without which, the claim may not be admitted.

Health Guard (for non-cashless claims)

Notice of claim should be lodged within 24 hours.
The insured should submit 'discharge summary' of the hospital/nursing home along with original hospital/medical bills, reports of the labs and investigation reports. In other words every item in the claim bill should be supported.
Leave certificate from the employer, wherever needed.
Fitness certificate from the Doctor.

Travel Companion

The claim procedure varies from country to country and therefore the insured should get in touch with the overseas claim settling agents of the insurers immediately.
The Insured should carry the policy document with him, which may be produced as evidence if necessary. The policy document also contains the full information as to how to get in touch with the claim settling agents for assistance.

Personal Accident Claims

Immediate notification to the insurer.
In case of accidental death, the capital sum is paid to the legal nominee/assignee of the insured. If the insured fails to provide the name of the nominee, succession certificate from a court of law is necessary.
In case of other claims, the insurers may get the insured examined by a specialist or refer the matter to medical board as is necessary, the cost of which will be borne by the insurers.

Hospital Cash
Discharge card from hospital to be submitted.
Any additional information requested by insurer.

Marine Transit Loss

Original Invoice & packing List - if forming part of Invoice
In case any damage is suspected in transit, open delivery should be insisted upon the carrier and their certificate should be obtained.
Original LR/ BL - Qualified with remarks for the Quantity damaged or lost in the transit.
In case of Declaration Policy - The consignment should be declared and the within the limit of balance Sum insured.
In case of loss/damage in transit, a monetary claim should be lodged with the carrier within the time limit to protect recovery rights.
Damage / Shortage Certificate from the carrier.
A surveyor ( mutually agreed by the Insurer) must be appointed to determine the nature, cause and extent of loss/damage

Workmen's Compensations

Work / Job profile
Wage proof for last 12 months
Age proof
Employment proof
Injury details and Medical Certificate
Disablement Certificate
Postmortem report in case of death

Rural Insurance (Cattle)

Ear tag
Post-mortem report with cause of death
Doctor's certificate for treatment
Photograph of deceased animal
For PTD claims - opinion of two doctors
Other additional proof for substantiating loss.

Motor vehicle (Private & two wheelers) claims

Claims under Act policies

Notice of an accident (not necessarily a claim) involving third parties should be reported to the insurers.
The insured may be interested to pay compensation without going into whether he is liable to pay or not. It is therefore an express condition of the policy that no claim should be admitted or a compromise arrived at, without the approval of the insurers.
In case of major claims, the insurers may be willing to defend criminal case against the driver also on the basis of which compensation claims may be decided in the civil courts.
Every accident involving third parties is required to be reported to police. M.V.Act provides that a third party victim can proceed against the insurers directly. If the alleged accident is not reported to the insurers, the insurers can consider this as violation of policy condition. In such circumstances, even if insurers are required to pay compensation by a court of law, they have an option of recovering such claim amounts from the insured for violation of specific policy condition.
The insured can proceed with repairs provided the insurers are submitted an estimate of repairs and the estimated cost of repairs does not exceed Rs.500 in case of Private cars and Rs.150 in case of two wheelers.

Claims under Comprehensive policies

Steps to be taken in case of an accident :

Notice of accident should be filed with the insurers.
If damage is a major one, the accident may be reported before the vehicle is removed from the spot so that the insurers can arrange for spot inspection of damage.
The vehicle may then be moved to a workshop, preferably to authorized workshop, for estimation of repair charges.
On receipt of completed claim form and estimate of repairs the insurers will arrange detailed inspection of damage and cost of repairs will be ascertained.
The insurers will ensure that a person duly licensed drove the vehicle at the time of accident and that the vehicle is the one insured in their books. To that end, they will verify the Registration Certificate and the Driving license of the driver who drove at the time of the accident.
Upon completion of the above procedure, the repairers will be authorized to carry out repairs. The insurer may undertake to settle the repair bills directly with the garage or reimburse the insured.
Insurers would like to collect the damaged parts for which replacements have been allowed, as salvage. To ensure that replacements with new parts, have in fact, been effected.
In case of theft of the car or its accessories, it has to be reported to the police and final report should be submitted