What to know about Insurance?
The word ‘insurance’ is commonly heard in the day-by-day encounters. For those of you who have some sort of property, namely a car, a house or a business the importance of insurance is obvious, and you may find this brief note rather too basic. This article aims to those who are less familiar with the word insurance, hence aims to throw a short hint.
Life, including that of a business, is not always straight forward; in reality, life is full of many encounters of accidents and risks. Accidents can happen at home, at work-place or as you travel. Damages could be due to deliberate (e.g.; terrorist, theft) or un-deliberate acts in nature. At times, the size of the damage or risk could be enormous that you would not be able to pay for the cover of the damage, or restore back to normal if it is a business or property. Take simple example: if you have your hard-earned car, you don't want to risk it or let it lost as a result of traffic accident; likewise, you would not want to see yourself bogged into a mess of heavy law-suit as a result of damage you brought upon to third-parties or passengers. You can't just ignore all these potential risks that are inherent with driving a car; therefore you need peace of mind when driving, and that is where the need for car insurance comes in.
Therefore, Insurance is a system by which the insurer (for example insurance company who provides the compensation) enters a contract of promise to pay compensation to the insured (for example a person, or company who is seeking the compensation) in the event of accidents or risks. The person or business being insured therefore has to pay a premium for this service. This is usually payable in advance to the year in which the insurance service is sought. Insurance premium is paid in the form of one-off payment or by instalment (i.e.; equal payments spread on agreed intervals during the period of the contract, e.g.; monthly or quarterly basis). Bear in mind however, when paying by instalment; the overall amount may be higher compared to the one-off payment.
The insurance companies heavily rely on existing laws and the Terms of the contract. They stick to the agreement details as shown in the insurance policy-document, when considering the compensation when the insured party makes a claim for compensation. They want to verify the incident, through their independent inspectors and they look for documents (usually original contracts or purchase documents) to calculate the value of the insured item. Therefore, you need to pay due attention to the details of the insurance policy or contract document, when you plan to buy any sort of insurance, for example, for your business, for your car, motor-bike, home or home-contents, for your life, health, accident and illness or for your pet. Pay attention to the conditions put in FINE-PRINTS on the policy-document before you accept the policy. If you are not clear about any terms of content, then it would be wise to ask for more information before signing the contract.
More Tips on Buying Insurance!
Important but not least, bear in mind that, in the insurance offers, you may be enticed to add many features that you may not necessarily want them. Contrarily you may ignore to include important insurance cover elements. Some are highlighted below: