The main reasons why people purchase life insurance is so that their loved ones will be protected when they pass away. During the policyholder’s lifetime, the policyholder pays premiums. In return for those premiums, the insurance company agrees to pay out a specified amount of money to the beneficiary when the policyholder passes away.
However, it may surprise some individuals to know that life insurance claims are routinely delayed or denied for a variety of different reasons. The insurance company is supposed to state the reasons for a claim denial in a letter. However, these letters often include confusing policy language or statutory provisions.
If you are a beneficiary under a policy and your claim for life insurance benefits has been denied, you should contact the experienced Texas life insurance attorneys at the Law Offices of J. Price McNamara today. Our skilled legal team could help you appeal the denial of your claim and work to pursue the benefits to which you may be entitled.
Common Reasons for Life Insurance Claim Denials
There are a variety of reasons why a claim for life insurance benefits might be denied. Some of the most common reasons for a claim denial include the following:
- The insured individual passes away within the first two years of the policy, and the insurance company insists that the policy contains material misrepresentations – Whenever someone applies for life insurance, he or she must answer questions about his or her health, weight, age, income, and prior criminal history. The insurance company could deny a claim for benefits if it later uncovers additional information that does not match the information contained in the policy answers. The alleged misrepresentation, however, must be material for it to justify a claim denial.
- The employer fails to do something – Many employees pursue life insurance benefits through an employer-sponsored group plan. However, the employer may not properly represent certain information, which could result in a loss of benefits following the insured’s death.
- Premium lapse – In most cases, a life insurance policy only remains active during such time as premiums are being paid. If a covered individual misses a payment or fails to pay his or her premiums, it is likely that the policy will lapse. Insurance companies routinely use these premium lapses as a basis for denying coverage when the need arises.
- Exclusions – Insurance companies are typically very precise about certain instances or situations that the life insurance policy does not cover. If your situation fits into one of these exclusionary provisions, the insurance company might try and use the exclusion as a basis for denying the claim.
Speak with a Texas Life Insurance Attorney Today
If you are a beneficiary under a life insurance policy and receive a claim denial letter from the insurance company, you should never accept this letter as the final verdict. At the Law Offices of J. Price McNamara, we could review the denial with you and present you with some legal options.
To schedule a free legal consultation and case evaluation with a Texas life insurance attorney, please contact us online today for more information.
Following graduation from Loyola Law School in New Orleans in 1990, Price McNamara served as a Federal Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable John M Shaw, Chief Judge, United States District Court Western District of Louisiana.
Mr. McNamara founded the Law Offices of J. Price McNamara, and began putting his past experience to work for the injured and disabled clients he now represents against the insurance companies in personal injury and long term disability and other insurance disputes in both federal and state courts