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Insurance FAQs

Most frequent questions and answers about insurance​

What is Utmost Good Faith?

Utmost Good Faith is one of the principles that insurance is based on. It denotes a positive duty of the person seeking insurance to voluntarily disclose accurately and fully, all facts material to the risk being proposed whether requested or not.

What is meant by Insurable Interest?

The financial interest that the assured possesses in whatever is being insured is known as “Insurable interest”. In other words, it is the right of a person to insure something which, when lost or damaged, would mean a financial loss to him. 

If a person is allowed to insure something that he does not own it becomes a wagering contract and therefore void under Section 30 of Indian Contract Act. 

Therefore Insurable interest is a pre-requisite for insurance and the compensation is limited by the value of the subject matter of insurance and the extent of insurance coverage. In Life Insurance, though human life value cannot be measured in monetary terms, insurers determine the sum assured as a multiple of the income of the life assured and his remaining productive years.

What is the difference between an Insurance Agent and an Insurance Broker?

You can get your driving license number online by visiting the Sarathi website or if you are not familiar of the online process, you can visit the RTO office in your town.

What is an 'insured peril'?

The purpose of insurance is to compensate you for a loss caused by an insured perils. If your stocks are destroyed in a fire, the cause of loss is fire which is payable under a fire policy. If the stocks are stolen, the loss is not payable under a fire policy as “Burglary” is not a covered peril.

Can an insured claim any amount from his insurer regardless of the extent of loss?

No. The loss will be surveyed and amount payable assessed and this is subject to calculations like depreciation and policy excess so that the compensation is strictly for the loss suffered and to the extent suffered. The concept is that an insurance policy should not be the means to making a profit. However it is possible to take some policies on a ‘Reinstatement Value Basis’ so that, in the event of a loss, the claim will be paid on the basis of creating a new asset in the place of the old one rather than on the depreciated or market value of the old asset.

What is the meaning of Deductibles?

In some policies there is a clause that a specified amount will be deducted from the claim amount. For example in Industrial Risks 0.5 per cent of the total sum insured subject to a minimum of Rs.1 lakh is the deductible if loss is due to Terrorist Act. This means that the first Rs one lakh of any claim and up to 0.5 per cent of the claim has to be borne by the insured. If the loss is below Rs one lakh then no claim is payable. 

This is a way for the insurance companies to avoid the administrative costs of small claims and the insured is usually given a premium rebate for accepting this burden.

What is the meaning of Co-Insurance?

Corporate clients, who want to oblige more than one insurer, or benefit from the competitive forces among insurers, place their insurance business with more than one insurance company.  While doing so, they select one company as the “Leader” who is given higher share of premium and others are given lesser share.  Client deals only with the “Leader”. The leader will share the premium (in the ratio decided by the client) as well as claims with other participating insurers who are called Co-insurers.  Depending on the total volume of premium, it can be placed with 2, 3, 4 or more insurers.

Is the Insured responsible for Loss Minimisation?

Even when a property is insured, it is the responsibility of insured to take all reasonable steps to protect against or minimise the loss. Every insured is expected to behave as though he is “a prudent uninsured”. 
If the insured neglects to take such steps, as per the policy condition of “Negligence”, the claim can be repudiated or partially allowed.

What are the Rules of the Insurance Ombudsman Scheme?

The objective of the Insurance Ombudsman Rules is to resolve all complaints relating to 

1. Partial or total repudiation of claims  
2. Any dispute regarding premium paid or payable in terms of the policy  
3. Any dispute about the legal construction of the policy relating to claims  
4. Delay in settlement of claims  
5. Non-issue of any insurance document to customers after receipt of premium, in a cost effective, efficient and impartial manner.  

These rules are called Public Grievances Rules – 1998 and were notified by Government of India and published in the Gazette of India on 11.11.1998. 

What is a TPA and what are its functions?

A TPA is a Third Party Administrator. They are commercial entities duly licensed by IRDA. Their services are utilised by Insurance Companies, both Life and Non-Life, to render, on their behalf, post-sales services to health insurance policyholders. 

They provide services like:

Guiding the insured with regard to claims

Issuing photo ID cards to insured persons

Issuing pre-authorisation to hospitals to facilitate insured persons to avail of the cashless facility and

Process and settle claims for reimbursement

Claims FAQs

Most frequent questions and answers about insurance claims

PORTABLE EQUIPMENT / MOBILE DAMAGE CLAIMS

Original Invoice with proper serial number / Model details with insured’s or family member’s name to prove the insurable interest.

If proper details and declarations are available in the PF, invoice can be waived off, this will be applicable for gifted items also.

Duly filled and signed claim form with detailed note on the incidence happened. Need the elaborate narration about the incidence to prove the perils operated in the incidence.

Authorised service centre report and estimation on repairing cost with proper reasons of parts replacement.

Final repair bill from authorised service centre.

Photographs of damaged portable item

PORTABLE EQUIPMENT / MOBILE THEFT CLAIMS, WHERE INCIDENCE HAPPENED OUTSIDE THE PREMISES.

Original Invoice with proper serial number / Model details with insured’s or family member’s name to prove the insurable interest.

If proper details and declarations are available in the PF, invoice can be waived off, this will be applicable for gifted items also.

Duly filled and signed claim form with detailed note on the incidence happened. Need the elaborate narration about the incidence to prove the perils operated in the incidence.

Copy of FIR lodged at nearby Police station

CONTENTS – ALL TYPES I.E. PORTABLE, AVAILABLE AT HOME – IMPORTANT FACTOR ON ASSESSMENT OF 'OBSOLETE MODEL CONDITION'

In Electronics world, the device life is very short and most the OEMs are launch their new models with better features on regular basis, keeping the earlier models on discontinue mode, hence assessment on such models will be strictly on the basis of ‘Obsolete’ condition. Liability of the company will be maximum 50% of new / upgraded version of the same model.

CONTENTS AVAILABLE IN HOME - DAMAGE CLAIMS

Duly filled and signed claim form with detailed note on the incidence happened. Need the elaborate narration about the incidence to prove the perils operated in the incidence.

Authorised service centre report and estimation on repairing cost with proper reasons of parts replacement.

Final repair bill from authorised service centre.

Invoice copy – to determine the age of the equipment, if not available then age will be determined on the other details available such as model name / number, serial number and any decision on taken on the age will be final to decide the claims admissibility.

Photographs of damaged item

BUILDING DAMAGE CLAIM DUE TO INSURED PERILS LIKE FIRE, FLOOD, EQ, ETC.

Duly filled and signed claim form with detailed note on the incidence happened. Need the elaborate narration about the incidence to prove the perils operated in the incidence.

Ownership documents to prove the insurable interest and age of the building to decide the assessment on the basis of plan selected for the coverage.

Repairs estimates and bills

Fire Brigade report in case of fire

Meteorological report in case of Act of God peril like earthquake, storm, etc.