5 Common Insurance Claims You Need to Know About
While insurance policies may vary widely in the kinds of losses they cover, the sorts of claims a person might make come in a few common forms. Whether you’ve been involved in a car accident or suffered a house fire, you may be able to file an insurance claim for the compensation you need.
Unfortunately, your insurance company may try to avoid paying what you are owed.
If you’ve been injured or suffered damage against insured property, our McAllen bad faith insurance lawyers at Millin & Millin can help you explore your options. If you’ve filed a claim only to have that insurance claim wrongfully denied, we can work to hold your insurance carrier accountable.
Today, we’ll list five of the most common types of insurance claims you should know about.
Different Types of Insurance Claims
1. First-Party Insurance Claims
A first-party insurance claim is a general term meant to describe claims for many different types of damages. First-party claims are made by individuals under an insurance policy that they purchased directly from an insurance provider.
Essentially, these are claims that you make with your own insurance provider.
First-party claims can cover either personal injuries, illness, or damages of insured property. Successful claims can result in payouts or reimbursement. Insurance companies have to legally judge claims reasonably and in good faith against the coverage laid out in your insurance policy. If they fail to comply, you may need to file additional claims or a personal injury suit with the help of an insurance attorney.
2. Bad Faith Insurance Claims
Bad faith insurance claims can be made if there is a dispute regarding the coverage provided by the policy, if the policyholder feels they weren’t paid what they were owed, or if the insurance company failed to make payments in a timely manner. These claims may also be made if the policyholder feels they were misled by their insurance provider at the time of the sale of the policy, whether regarding the amount of coverage available or the cost of coverage.
If your initial insurance claim was denied, especially if you feel the reasons for said denial were insufficiently explained, you may need to make a bad faith insurance claim with the help of a McAllen insurance attorney to get the coverage you rightfully deserve.
3. Homeowner’s Insurance Claims
Given the high cost of homes and home repairs, it should be no surprise that some of the most common sorts of insurance claims are those made against homeowners insurance. Homeowners purchase insurance policies with the intent of protecting themselves from the financial losses caused by damage to their homes.
Damages that may be covered include:
○ Mold damage
○ Land contamination
○ Appliance failure damages
While many homeowners claims are first-party claims, you may need to file a claim with someone else’s homeowners insurance if you are injured while visiting their home.
4. Car Insurance Claims
In Texas, drivers are required to pay for the damages resulting from any accidents that they cause. For most drivers, this means carrying proof of insurance, specifically, liability insurance. Liability insurance pays for damages that you cause against another driver’s vehicle. This coverage also includes payment for any injuries or wrongful deaths caused by your actions or carelessness while driving.
For damage to your own vehicle and personal injuries caused by your actions, you will most likely need to make a claim under your collision coverage and personal injury protection, or PIP coverage. These types of coverage are not required under Texas law and may not be included in your basic policy.
Granted, car insurance will also come into play if you’re involved in a car accident caused by someone else. In that case, you will typically need to file a claim with the at-fault party’s insurance provider.
5. Health Insurance Claims
The final major type of insurance claim is a health insurance claim. Health insurers function by charging policyholders a monthly fee in exchange for guaranteeing certain coverage in case of a medical issue.
These claims are usually filed by your healthcare provider, but you may need to make a claim yourself if your insurance provider is attempting to deny your coverage. Claims for treatment may be rejected for many reasons, from out-of-network treatment to treatment for injuries that a carrier argues were caused by dangerous behavior on the part of the injured person.
File Your Insurance Claim Today With the Assistance of Millin & Millin Bad Faith Insurance Attorneys
Insurance companies, like all private companies, are in the business of making money. Because of this, they may attempt to pay you less than what you are owed or deny your claims altogether.
If you’ve been injured or suffered damages covered by your insurance policy, contact the insurance attorneys at Millin & Millin, PLLC, to protect your rights to compensation.