This review list is intended to educate you on the subject of this document and to aid you in its preparation. This paper should be used to submit your claim to your insurance company. Complete the document; include all required and useful exhibits. The more detailed you are, the more likely you will be believed and compensated promptly.
- Make several copies. One set should be given to the insurance company. Maintain a backup set (agencies are notorious for losing or misplacing paperwork). Maintain one set alongside the transaction file.
- Keep in mind that obtaining payment for a claim is a sales situation. They will often pay immediately if they are “sold” on your credibility. If the property is not sold, the process can be lengthy and unpleasant. As previously stated, you only get one chance to make a solid first impression. Do your homework; compile a comprehensive file; and give it to them quickly. All of these will boost your chances of obtaining a satisfactory outcome in your favor.
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Claim for Damage and/or Injury
(a) Full name: ________________________________________
(b) Address: __________________________________________
City: _________________________ County: _____________
State: _________________ Zip Code: __________________
(c) Age: _______ (d) Marital status: _______________________
2. If claimant is married, name and address of spouse:
AMOUNT OF CLAIM
3. Amount claimed for property damage: ___________________
4. Amount claimed for personal injury: _____________________
5. Total amount claimed: ________________________________
ACCIDENT RESULTING IN CLAIM
6. Place of accident (include town or city and state; if outside city limits, indicate distance to nearest city or town):
7. Date and time of accident: ____________________________
(a) Day of week: ________________________________________
(b) Date: _____________________________________________
(c) Time: _____________________________________________
8. Description of accident
(a) Names and addresses of persons involved: ______________
(b) Identification of property involved: ______________________
(c) Surrounding circumstances: __________________________
(d) Cause of accident: __________________________________
(e) Other pertinent facts: ________________________________
9. Name and addresses of witnesses to accident: ____________
PROPERTY DAMAGE AND PERSONAL INJURY
10. Property damage
(a) Description of property damaged: ______________________
(b) Present location: ____________________________________
(c) Name and address of owner, if other than claimant: ________
(d) Nature of damage: ___________________________________
(e) Extent of damage: ___________________________________
11. Personal injury
(a) Nature of injury: ____________________________________
(b) Extent of injury: ____________________________________
12. Collision insurance
(a) Does claimant carry collision insurance? (If yes, answer (b)- (f) below)
(b) Name and address of insurer: _________________________
(c) Policy No.: _________________________________________
(d) Has claimant filed claim against insurer in this instance?
(e) If claim has been filed, is coverage for full amount of loss?
If not full coverage, amount deductible: ________________
(f) If claim has been filed, action taken or proposed to be taken by insurer with respect to claim:
13. Public liability and property damage insurance
(a) Does claimant carry public liability and property damage coverage? (If yes, answer (b) below)
(b) Name of insurer: ____________________________________
I declare under the penalty of perjury that the amount of this claim covers only damages and injuries caused by the accident described above. I agree to accept that amount in full satisfaction and final settlement of this claim.
Claim for Damage and/or Injury
This review list is provided to inform you about this document in question and assist you in its preparation. Use this document to transmit your claim to your insurance agency. Be complete; add any necessary and useful exhibits. The more thorough you are the more apt you are to be believed and get prompt payment.
1. Make multiple copies. Give one set to the insurance agency. Keep a backup set (agencies are notorious for losing or misplacing paperwork). Keep one set with the transaction file.
2. Remember that getting paid on a claim is a sales situation. If they are “sold” on your credibility, they will generally pay promptly. If not sold, it can be a long and ugly process. As we have said before, you have one chance to make a good first impression. Do your homework; get a complete and thorough file together; send it to them promptly. All of this will increase the odds of a satisfactory result in your favor.