Fire Insurance Claims Process

The fire claims process is considered the time that the policy owner notifies their insurance company of the fire until the claim process is finished and ends in a settlement for the policy owner. To get to the end point there are several steps involved.

Review your policy

At all times you should know where to look for and find your insurance policy. It should be in a safe fireproof lock box or safety deposit box rented from the bank. When there is a fire you should get your insurance policy out and review it to determine what type of coverage you have and how much it is for, what is covered and what is excluded. This information will help you know how you should file your claim and if there are any deadlines to file your claim. Most of the information that you will need can generally be found on the declaration page. This is usually found at the beginning of your insurance policy. If, for some reason or other, you cannot find your insurance policy or do not understand what is covered and how to file a claim contact your insurance company.

Contacting your insurance company

As soon as you review your policy, or even before if you want, you should contact your insurance company to notify them of the fire and what type of loss you have suffered. Some insurance companies may require that you contact them as soon as the loss occurs while others may give you a couple of days. This information will also be in your insurance policy. With some insurance policies there are often provisions that will provide you with money for temporary housing if your home was destroyed by fire, which is another reason you should contact them as soon as possible. You may have to submit written notification instead of calling.

Information needed by insurance company

When you contact your insurance company they will tell you what you need to submit in order to start the fire claims process. This will generally consist of a statement from you telling what happened and what the damage is. If they need more information or documentation it is your responsibility to provide it as long as what they request is reasonable. Make sure that in all of your documentation that you are thorough because you will not be reimbursed for anything that is not documented.

Payment process

How you will be paid for your loss will depend on the type of fire claims you submitted and what the loss was. If it is a small loss the insurance company may just write a check but if it is to do repairs or rebuilding they may disburse the payments to the one doing the work.

Forms of Insurance for All American Adults

There are so many different types of insurance available to Americans that it can be overwhelming. Whole life, disability, longevity ins, mortgage protection, pet ins, cell phone ins, but there are really three specific types of insurance that almost all adults need.

Renters / Home Insurance:

Renters or Home Policies are very similar forms of insurance. Both generally cover you for liability, personal property, and loss of use. Home Ins. additionally covers the structure when you own it. The moment that you are free and clear of your parents insurance policy, perhaps when you graduate from College or High School, “You Should Purchase a Renters Insurance Policy.”

A small amount of coverage for your personal property is helpful, but really its the liability insurance that you want and need. Liability insurance can helpful for various situations that you can find yourself in.

Add in a personal injury endorsement to expand the liability protection.

Health Insurance:

American Health Insurance may be overpriced, but it is a right and necessary product when compared with the alternative = no health insurance. Not having any health insurance can have a devastating change on anyone’s personal net worth. Ignore health insurance at your own peril.

All Americans really should either get private health insurance. health insurance through their employer, or Medicaid or Medicare through the government.

Consider all the various coverage options when you shop for health insurance.

Auto Coverage:

Auto insurance is insurance for your automobile and you the driver. It is pretty difficult to be allowed to buy a car without auto insurance these days. However when transacted through third parties it can happen. This is a big mistake, not only is it generally illegal not to have insurance on an auto of a certain state determined minimum standard, but it can also be financially ruinous not to carry auto insurance at all times. Don’t skip the insurance for even one day.

Young Adults should either be on their parents auto insurance or their own. Knowing when to split off onto your own policy can be complicated. However once you are out of the house, have the title in your name, its usually time to get the insurance policy entirely in your own name.

For folks that do not own a car, consider purchasing Non Owner Auto Insurance. Non owner auto insurance allows you to have car coverage when you drive someone else car. People that use other peoples cars or rent cars or have some savings should consider this.

Consider purchasing the highest amount of uninsured motorist coverage that you can afford.

The Three Big Ins Forms Americans Truly Need:

There you have it, three insurance forms that all Americans really should buy. Yes there are all sorts of useful insurance policies that many consumers should consider such as term life, short and long term disability ins, and earthquake ins – but many of those are not truly for everyone. These three can really are for all adults.