Insurance 101 – Chapter 8 – Volume 98 – The Release of All Claims

The Release of All Claims

A first party property insurer may not require a general release from an insured when paying a claim because the payment is one of contractual indemnity where the amount is certain. At most, the insurer is entitled to a proof of loss or a receipt acknowledging receipt of payment. The only reason for a general release between a first party property insurer and its insured, is when the amount of loss is in dispute and a compromise is entered into between the insured and the insurer. When there is such a dispute additional consideration is paid the insured for the signed release that protects the insurer from litigation and allows it to buy its peace.

The following video was adapted from my book, “Insurance Claims A Comprehensive Guide” Published by the National Underwriter Company and is available at the Zalma Insurance Claims Library


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