How Much Does a Claim Raise Your Insurance Bill?

By on July 21, 2015

Filing a single homeowner’s insurance claim can raise consumers’ insurance premiums by hundreds of dollars each year, according to a new report. Nationally, one claim leads to an average premium increase of nine percent. The state with the highest increase is Wyoming (+32%), followed by Connecticut (+21%), Arizona (+20%), New Mexico (+19%) and California (+18%).

In Texas, home insurers are not allowed to increase premiums after one claim. The next-lowest increases were observed in New York (+2%), Massachusetts (+2%), Florida (+3%) and Vermont (+4%).

A second claim brings the national average increase up to 20% (the highest increase is Michigan’s 71%).

“Homeowners need to be really careful when filing claims,” said Laura Adams,’s senior analyst. “Even a denied claim can cause your premium to go up. Make sure to know your policy’s specific guidelines and only file a claim when absolutely necessary. Winning a small claim could actually cost you money in the long run.”

The type of claim plays an important role in the increases. Nationally, the most expensive are liability claims. A single liability claim causes premiums to rise by an average of 14%. Theft, vandalism and fire are not far behind. Medical claims (+2%) are the cheapest.

According to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, homeowner’s insurance costs an average of $978 per year (nationally), so a single liability claim adds an average of $137 to that bill.

Read more at PR Newswire

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