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How To Report A Business Insurance Claim

Aug 17, 2007
Before you report a business insurance claim, it is useful if you keep the required documents in your hands. The very first and most important thing are the details of your insurance such as policy number or claim number. You should also keep details if there is any involvement of a third party. You should be in a position to give an indication of how much money you are going to claim. To support it you will have to provide the price of purchase and cost of replacing the item. If it is repairable then the cost of repairing and how much damage has been done or extent in case of an injury. In addition, it is also advisable to go through the documents thoroughly to understand what risks are covered. This will avoid any unnecessary delay in making queries, because the policy itself tells clearly, what exactly is covered.

To Whom Should You Report
When you have gathered all aforementioned information, contact either the local office from where you bought the policy or email to the insurance company to report a business insurance claim. It is then the responsibility of the insurance company to call you back. Once the company has acknowledged the claim you can always contact them on the number written on the acknowledgement.

Reporting To Police And Other Related Institutes
If you want to report a business insurance claim regarding theft, personal injury, loss of personal possessions or malicious damage, you need to report it to the police. Do not forget to note down the incident reference number, as the insurance company will require it when you report a business insurance claim. You should also call the police if the person whose property is damaged is not available. If the incident involves loss of credit cards, then you should report it to the credit card company also. Similarly, if a third person is involved in the incident, get the name, address and other contact details. You should also give your contact details to that person. If any witnesses were there, get their information also.

Rest Assured After Reporting
Once you completed all formalities to report a business insurance claim, the ball is now in the court of the insurance company. It will make arrangements for any kind of emergency repairs immediately. You will get written acknowledgement. It is now the responsibility of the company to ask you if any more information is required. Insurance companies try to reimburse claim amounts quickly and in a fair manner. However, in complicated cases there may be some delay.
About the Author
David Gass is President of Business Credit Services, Inc. His company publishes a free weekly e-newsletter on Small Business Consulting at their web site http://www.smallbusinessconsulting.com.
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