As with any insurance policy it is important to know what you are covered for. This is an important step in knowing if you can make a claim on your cover. If you are unsure whether you can make an insurance claim, speak with your Financial Adviser who can advise whether or not you are covered for a particular set of circumstances.
Making a claim on your personal insurance typically involves several key steps.
It is important to contact your insurer as soon as you can and explain what has happened to prompt your claim. It is likely you will be asked a number of questions about the type of claim you want to make. This will help to ensure you are directed to the right person to deal with your insurance claim.
Many insurers will assign a Claims Consultant to you, who will help you every step of the way. Be sure to note down the Consultant’s name and phone number. It is always a good idea to make a note of each conversation you have, recording the date and time of the call.
In some cases, your insurance claim may be able to be assessed over the phone without the need for you to fill out any forms.
If your insurer asks you to complete an insurance claim form, be sure to read it carefully as it may ask you to attach quite specific documents like a medical certificate. Some parts of the paperwork may even need to be filled out by your medical practitioner.
Review your form before sending it to your insurer, and if possible take a copy of the completed paperwork.
Your insurer will review all the information you have provided and make an initial assessment of your claim. It is likely the insurer will call you to discuss the assessment, followed by a written confirmation with the details of your claim.
If your insurance claim has been approved, your insurer will arrange your payment either by a direct deposit or cheque. For insurance within super, claims are paid into your Super account and are able to be accessed at any time after meeting a relevant Condition of Release. Your insurer will stay in touch to confirm your payment has been processed. If your claim is for an Income Insurance benefit, your insurer is likely to stay in touch each month to assess the ongoing payments.
Claims payments can often be very large lump sums. You may wish to discuss the best way to use your payment with your Financial Adviser.
At BT we understand that making a claim is a stressful and difficult period. Our claims team is highly trained and empowered to assess claims promptly and provide honest and helpful advice during the whole process.
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