Many of us look to an insurance company for security when it comes to our property, vehicles, and even our lives. Insurance is a brilliant thing and a much-needed commodity in our modern world.
In the United States, the insurance industry has its roots in Colonial America. In 1752, Benjamin Franklin founded the Philadelphia Contributionship for the Insurance of Houses from Loss by Fire. Homeowners contributed to an account and if someone’s house was damaged by fire, money would go to the repair of the damaged property. It was a very basic system. You paid a premium and if you needed money for fire damage repair, you got it. These days, an insurance company operates much differently.
In our modern world, auto insurance, business insurance, home insurance, and even life insurance have their own policies and function differently depending on the situation and the policyholder. There are conditions that the holder must meet before being accepted by the insurance company. If the conditions are not met exactly, the insured might be able to obtain the policy but at a sometimes drastically higher rate. They are known as high risks.
When you do receive insurance coverage, it is very important that you understand the terms and conditions that you have with your policy. Make sure that you know and understand the limits of your coverage and what the conditions are for meeting the covered conditions. In other words, know what you’re covered for and what you’re not covered for. You would hate to find yourself in a difficult spot only to find that your insurance policy will not be paying you what you thought you’d be receiving.
Let’s face it, when you read through your insurance policy you’re not exactly curling up with a good novel. There are some fairly complex things in your policy documents that the insurance company is hoping you won’t take the time to read through. Despite that, insurance information is somewhat more easily understandable than it used to be. Among the parts of the insurance policy you should make yourself familiar with are the policy declarations, the coverage conditions, and the exclusions.
The first page of the policy package is usually the policy declarations page. On this page, you will find who is insured and for what time period. You will also find general information on this page regarding what is insured, what the coverages are, and the coverage limits.
In the policy coverage section, you will find specifics on what exactly is covered in the policy. In addition to what is covered, you will see the conditions under which the insured items will be covered and when coverage would actually lapse.
The exclusions portion of the policy is one with which you should become familiar. You never want to assume you are covered for something when, in fact, it has been excluded from the policy.
Never be afraid to have your insurance agent go over your insurance policies completely before you purchase them. They can be very helpful but only if you know what conditions your insurance policies have.