Your business can be demanding enough – who has time to worry about filing a claim
While filing an insurance claim can often seem confusing and even intimidating for many business owners, there are plenty of things you can do to make the process go as smoothly as possible. We've put together the following tips to help you learn how to file an insurance claim quickly and effectively, so that your business can get the support it needs when it matters most.
Create a Safe Workplace
Before the need to file an insurance claim ever arises, you should take steps to ensure your workplace and your employees are safe. Have an evacuation plan in the event of disaster, fire or other unsafe conditions, conduct regular drills so that your employees know what to do and where to go in case of an emergency, and follow all health and safety regulations. Such preparations can not only save lives, but they also help reduce liability and thereby can simplify the entire claims process.
File a Police Report
For some accidents or incidents where a crime has occurred, such as theft, you will need to contact the police. The police report is an important item in your insurance claim as it helps the adjuster understand the circumstances surrounding the incident. In some instances, your insurance policy may even require that a police report be filed. The police may ask you to sign the report, but before doing so, make sure you read it over carefully to verify it is complete and free of errors.
We all walk around with cameras in our pockets, which means there's no excuse not to properly document a scene when an incident occurs. So long as it is safe to do so, you should take pictures of the incident site as soon as possible to provide photographic evidence in support of your claim.
Try to document as much of the surroundings as you can, as well. For example, if you are filing a commercial auto insurance claim for a vehicle accident, take pictures of not only the vehicle itself but also skid marks, road signage and anything else that may be relevant to an investigation. These photos will paint a more accurate picture of what happened, which can expedite the process.
Make an Internal Report
Help us help you! Make sure to keep standardized forms for reporting an accident available at your worksite. Make sure your employees know where they can find these forms and how they can fill them out. Standardizing this process helps ensure that you'll have timely and complete information when it comes time to file an insurance claim.
Give Us a Call
We can help you initiate the claims process. When filing an insurance claim, keep in mind that time is of the essence. The longer you wait to begin working with your insurance provider, the more difficult it will be to clearly and completely establish the information necessary for a speedy resolution. So, be proactive about reaching out, and be sure that you've taken the time to learn the ins and outs of your insurance policy.
We know how overwhelming it can sometimes be for business owners in the aftermath of an accident, disaster emergency or other mishap. That's why we've made filing a claim with us a transparent and hassle-free process. Whether your insurance is through us or another provider, keep these tips in mind to ensure your next insurance claim – should you need to make it – goes as smoothly as possible so your business can get back to normal quickly.
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