If you’ve had to make a claim on your own, it can feel like a daunting process from start to finish. It doesn’t help that insurers are constantly being painted in a negative light, depicting them as difficult and uncommunicative. While some might experience a less than favourable outcome, it isn’t always the case for everyone else. The good news is that you can have an uncomplicated claims journey, considering all necessary documents are in order and you’ve engaged yourself with a trusted broker who can be your advocate throughout the process. We’re here to shed some light with hopes of putting your mind at ease in the event you find yourself having to lodge a claim.
It is without a doubt that brokers have extensive experience with the claims process, and it is their job to make it as simple as possible for their clients. As we mentioned before, insurance claims can be complex, but with a broker’s knowledge and familiarity working with insurers, they know how to manage claims and disputes that may occur.
Deloitte Access Economics released a report in September 2020 outlining how the support of insurance brokers throughout the claims process can have a better outcome on their client’s case, particularly in:
- Saving time
The report noted that over 40% of SME clients found that their claims process was easier with a broker’s support. From managing communications throughout the repair stage and arranging for quotes, the broker handles every aspect of the claim while the client focuses on getting back to trading as efficiently as possible.
- Being your advocate
Your broker’s main role is to help and support you through the insurance process. They’re there to ensure you’re covered according to what you need and provide advice while keeping your best interests in mind. Brokers bridge the gap between you and the insurer but their M.O. is to ensure that you receive the best solution possible. Their positive relationship with insurers allows them leverage when managing tricky and unusual cases. Plus, it’s always good to have someone you can turn to for emotional support while going through the claims process.
- More favourable claims payout
Deloitte’s report also found that those who engage a broker are more than twice as likely to be fully covered for their claims and had a higher amount of loss covered. Almost 90% of broker clients were covered for more than half of their claim, as compared to direct buyers at 75%. This tells us that an experienced broker would know how to tailor a product package for their client so that in the event of a claim, they are well covered to receive a higher payout.
Client relationship is an important aspect of a broker’s role. When you engage a broker, it is usually for the long term. A broker isn’t someone who’s there only when you need insurance. They’re proactive professionals who check in on you periodically to ensure that your needs are met and that your insurance reflects your business’ goals. They’re also up to date with the latest industry news that could impact your policy so you can prepare ahead of time.
With that in mind, if you’re in the market for a skilled and experienced broker to assist with your insurance needs, our doors are open to you. We offer a wide range of products and services for SMEs in various industries. Our team will work with you to implement a suitable insurance plan designed for your business. Get in touch with the team today, and let’s see how we can help!
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