An insurance claim is a formal request to an insurance company for coverage or compensation for a covered loss.
What does this mean to you when you are injured in an accident?
The insurance company validates the claim and, once approved, issues payment to the insured or an approved interested party on behalf of the insured.
Insurance claims cover everything from death benefits on life insurance policies to routine and comprehensive medical exams. In many cases, third-parties file claims on behalf of the insured person, but usually, only the person(s) listed on the policy is entitled to claim payments.
For property and causality insurance policies, regardless of the scope of an accident or who was at fault, the number of insurance claims you file has a direct impact on your rates. The greater the number of claims filed, the greater the likelihood of a rate hike. File too many claims and the insurance company may not renew your policy.