Insurance Expert: Don't Wait to File Weather-related Claims


The recent cold snap has kept insurance agents across our area busy with people filing claims. And they say that whether it was a small fender-bender or major issue with your home---it is important to report things to your insurance company right away.

Problems range from vehicle issues, slips and falls on the ice, to frozen pipes in your home-- and often people are unsure of whether or not it is in their best interest to let the insurance company know about problems they run into.

Sentry Insurance sees the number of claims rise this time of year--particularly when it comes to damage from car accidents and fire related issues. Even snow damage to homes and vehicles are common during the winter months. But no matter what the issue is--claim officer Mark Trautschold says it's generally in your best interest to reach out to your insurance agent whenever there's a problem.

"There are just so many times where people think its not a big deal and it just gets worse. People find themselves that they did not timely report to their insurance company. That is a risk then because your policy does require timely reporting. You could jeopardize your coverage,” he explains.

Trautschold says that when it comes to car accidents--taking care of things like exchanging insurance information and contacting authorities immediately is key to speeding along the claim process.

Now, as always, its important to check with your own insurance provider to see what is covered. But often times vehicle and home maintenance expenses that you may not expect to be covered actually are.


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