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A Claim is a Claim: Navigating Insurance Claims with Rathbun Insurance

In the realm of insurance, the term "claim" holds significant weight. It's a process that can be both complex and pivotal for policyholders. At Rathbun Insurance, we understand the importance of clarity and guidance when it comes to making a claim. In this blog post, we'll delve into what exactly constitutes a claim, how it can impact your premiums, key considerations to keep in mind, and why even small claims matter.

Simply put, a claim is a formal request made by a policyholder to an insurance company for payment or coverage for a loss or damage covered by the policy. This loss or damage can vary widely, from property damage due to accidents or natural disasters to liability claims arising from bodily injury or property damage caused by the policyholder.

One of the most significant concerns for policyholders when considering making a claim is its potential impact on their premiums. Insurance companies use various factors to determine premiums, including claims history. Generally, making a claim can lead to an increase in premiums, especially if you have a history of frequent claims. This is because insurance companies view policyholders who make claims as higher risks and may adjust premiums accordingly to mitigate that risk.

 Before rushing to make a claim, it's essential to carefully consider a few key factors: 

  • Severity of the Damage: Assess the severity of the damage or loss. Is it significant enough to warrant making a claim, or would it be more cost-effective to handle the repairs or replacements out of pocket?
  • Deductible: Take into account your insurance policy's deductible—the amount you're responsible for paying before your insurance coverage kicks in. If the cost of the damage is close to or lower than your deductible, it might not be worthwhile to make a claim.
  • Potential Premium Increase: Consider how a claim could impact your premiums in the long term. If the increase in premiums outweighs the payout you would receive from the claim, it might be prudent to refrain from making one. 
  • Claim History: Reflect on your claims history. If you've made multiple claims in the past, it could further elevate the risk of increased premiums.
  • Alternative Solutions: Explore alternative solutions, such as utilizing additional coverage options or seeking assistance from the insurance company for advice on handling the situation without filing a claim. 

It's essential to note that even small claims matter. Claims such as windshield repairs, towing, or roadside assistance may seem minor, but they still contribute to your claims history and could impact your premiums over time. Therefore, it's crucial to apply the same level of consideration and evaluation to small claims as you would to larger ones. 

At Rathbun Insurance, we understand that navigating insurance claims can be daunting. However, it's essential to approach the process with careful consideration and awareness of the potential implications. While a claim is a tool to seek financial assistance for covered losses, it's crucial to weigh the costs and benefits before proceeding. Our team is here along the way, ensuring that you make informed decisions that align with your best interests and financial well-being. Remember, whether big or small, a claim is a claim, and with the right approach, it can be managed effectively to protect what matters most to you.