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Abolaji Dairo is a seasoned insurance practitioner and an Associated member of the Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria (CIIN). He is a Risk Analyst with specialty in loss Adjusting and claims administration with several years of experience to his credit. He presently works with Consolidated Hallmark Insurance Plc. (in Nigeria) as a Claims Expert and he is committed to customers satisfaction by providing highly professional, timely and qualitative services.

Application Of Single Article Limit In Home Insurance

One of my major duties as a loss adjuster and claims expert is interpreting and applying the strict wordings of an insurance policy to a claim situation.

To put it bluntly, I am probably the reason your claim was honored, or turned down (insert sad face). And all I did was to bring to the limelight the intentions of your insurance policy in relation to your loss situation by explaining and expanding on the terms and conditions stated therein irrespective of your feelings. Ouch! That hurts right?

 One of such policy conditions you need to be mindful of in your home insurance policy is the Single Article Limit (SAL).

If your insurance company ever told you they wouldn’t pay you a certain amount you felt entitled to, having included the value of the object in your household contents, it is probably due to the application of the SAL clause.

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THE RELEVANCE OF FLOOD EXTENSION IN MOTOR INSURANCE

Flood damage is a standard exclusion in a Motor Insurance Policy.

Meaning that your motor insurance cover is not likely to have damages caused by flood as one of the items it would provide compensation against in the event of an occurrence.

The implication is that in the event where you car was damaged by a flood, your insurance company is not under any obligation to cover your losses should you file for a claim.

You are left stranded, disappointed, and you end up feeling defrauded. Probably the policy was oversold to you, or you just didn’t remember to ask necessary questions.

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Constructive Total Loss in Motor Insurance

Your insurance policy document contains the terms and conditions of the contract between you and your insurance company.

Underwriters (insurance companies) incorporate clauses into insurance policies to limit their liability, protect them from undue exposures and from being taken advantage of. One of such clauses is Constructive Total Loss (CTL).

Do you have a motor insurance policy? If yes, then you need to know what this clause is about.

CTL is a standard motor insurance policy wording. No prudent underwriter would expunge it from your policy on you request, and it is rarely altered to suit a particular client. This invariably means that the best you can do is to understand the clause and how it is applied so that you are informed and prepared should there be need for it.

Before delving into what CTL is, an understanding of what Total Loss is, as it applies in motor insurance (MI), is necessary.

What is Total Loss in motor insurance?

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THE CHALLENGES WITH MOTOR CLAIMS ADJUSTMENT PART 2

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An area of challenge that has been observed in the adjustment of motor insurance claims is the inadequate understanding of the difference between the Policy Excess clause and the Contribution conditions in an insurance policy. Even among some insurance agents, these two concepts are often misunderstood and consequently misconstrued. And this misunderstanding is further passed on to the insured by unintentionally misrepresenting the policy. Continue reading THE CHALLENGES WITH MOTOR CLAIMS ADJUSTMENT PART 2

AUTHORIZED REPAIR LIMIT IN MOTOR INSURANCE

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Authorized Repair Limit (ARL) in motor insurance is an amount above the policy excess which a policy holder is allowed to expend on repairs of an insured vehicle following a loss or damage without necessarily requiring the insurer’s consent. Continue reading AUTHORIZED REPAIR LIMIT IN MOTOR INSURANCE