Insurance Ombudsman allows fire insurance claim even if not caused by insured perils

Award No. IO/KOC/A/GI/0083/2015-16 Complaint No. KOC-G-051-1617-0134

Insurance Ombudsman Date of award: : 29.06.2016 Mr. T. Sasidharan nair Vs The United India Insurance Co. Ltd.

Repudiation of claim under a Standard Fire & Special Perils Policy The Complainant’s house was insured under STANDARD FIRE & SPECIAL PERILS POLICY of the respondent Insurer. On 02/02/2016, the floor tiles laid at the Bedroom got cracked and on very next day the floor tiles laid in the other room also found damaged. A claim was preferred with the Insurer, which has been repudiated stating that the claim does not fall under any of the perils covered under the policy. They also confirmed that the damage was due to bad workmanship which does not come under the purview of the policy. He appealed to the grievance Cell of the Insurer for a review of the claim but was in vain. Hence, he filed a complaint before this Forum, seeking direction to the Insurer for admission of the claim. Decision : The Respondent insurer is directed to Pay Rs.25ooo/- as ex-gratia payment.

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