Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Insurance tips: "My insurer won't pay my policy limits!"

Q: "I turned in a valid claim and my insurer won't pay me the limits that I have on my policy. What's going on?"

A: We get this type of question a lot. The limits shown on your policy are simply that -- an upper limit that is the maximum available to you for a covered claim.

But being paid the maximum is rarely automatic. Even though it is your policy, and you've paid your premiums faithfully, you still have the responsibility to document the value of your claim. It's not at all unusual for the value of a claim to be below a policy's limits.