Thursday, April 25, 2013

"I filed an insurance claim. How long will it take for the company to investigate?"

Here in Washington state, insurers should generally complete their claims investigations within 30 days unless there are good reasons why that cannot be done.

That said, all people involved in the investigation of a claim must provide reasonable assistance -- usually meaning providing information as requested -- so the insurer can process the claim.

The law that includes the 30 day standard is WAC 284-30-370.

If you have a claim that you feel is taking unreasonably long -- and you live here in Washington -- feel free to contact our consumer advocacy staff and we'll try to help. You can fill out an online complaint form 24/7, or you can call us toll-free at 1-800-562-6900.\

Here are more tips about filing an auto insurance claim, as well as tips on filing a homeowners insurance claim, and tips on how to file an appeal when your health insurer says no to a payment or treatment.