Life Insurance Claim Process: All You Need To Know
Published On Jul 05, 2021 12:00 PM By InsuranceDekho
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The main purpose of taking an insurance policy is that it should come in use in the times of crises. In this article, we will look at the different types of life insurance claims and how the settlement process works.
Selection of the right policy from a good life insurance company with a healthy claim settlement ratio is the main requirement for buying life insurance. The main function of an insurance company is to ensure easy and timely settlement of a valid claim in return for the premium paid by the insurer/ policyholder.
Death Claim Settlement Process in Life Insurance
Following are the steps involved in the death claim process in life insurance -
Step One: Intimation to the insurance company about the Claim
The nominee should inform the insurance company as soon as possible to enable the insurance company to start with the claim process. The details required for intimation are policy number, name of the insured, date of death, cause of death, place of death, name of the nominee etc. The claim intimation form can be obtained from the nearest insurance company branch or even by downloading it from the insurance company website. Alternatively, many insurance companies also have online forms these days on their website for claim intimation.
Step Two: Documents required
The nominee will be asked to furnish the following documents- Death certificate, Age of the life insured (if not already given), Original Policy document and any other document as per requirement of the particular insurer or case related.
Step Three: Submission of required Documents for Claim Processing
For quicker claim processing, it is essential that the nominee submits complete documentation as early as possible and any other documents that the company needs to pass the claim.
Step Four: Settlement of Claim
As per the regulation 8 of the IRDAI (Policy holder's Interest) Regulations, 2002, the insurer is obligated to settle a claim within 30 days of receipt of all necessary documents including extra documents sought by the insurer. If the claim requires further investigation, the insurer needs to complete its procedures within 6 months from receiving the written intimation of claim.
Maturity & Survival Claims
The payment made by the insurance company on completion of the term of policy or maturity date is called maturity payment. The amount payable consists of sum assured plus any bonus/incentives. The insurance company informs the policy holder in advance by sending a bank discharge form for filling in details. The form needs to be returned back to the insurance company with original policy document, ID proof, Cancelled Cheque and copy of pass book.
Different riders can be attached to the base life insurance policy for enhanced protection. The riders can be accidental riders, critical illness riders, waiver of premium riders etc. For different riders, different claim proceedings are required. Some riders may be valid with the death claim like accidental death rider or some riders need to be processed standalone like waiver of premium rider in case of disability. For Critical Illness Rider- necessary medical documents such as first diagnosis report, Doctor’s report, etc are required. For Accidental disability rider - copy of FIR, Certificate of disability by the treating doctor, doctor’s report etc are required.
In many cases, life insurance claims have been delayed or denied due to lack of proper documentation or simply because the proper claim process was not followed. Hence, it is recommended that the claimant should be aware of the claim process in order to have a hassle-free claim settlement process during the emotionally draining time especially while filing a death claim.
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Disclaimer: This article is issued in the general public interest and meant for general information purposes only. Readers are advised not to rely on the contents of the article as conclusive in nature and should research further or consult an expert in this regard.