American dog bite insurance claims rose to $686 million in 2017

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The country saw a 2.2 percent increase in the cost of these claims, said the Insurance Information Institute. The Insurance Information Institute has released its latest U.S. dog bite insurance claims data. The report showed a 2.2 percent increase in the total cost of claims nationwide last year. Claims values themselves increased by a considerable amount in 2017 when compared to 2016. Dog bite insurance claims values rose to over $686 million in 2017. This paid for the year’s 18,552 claims. The average cost per single dog bite claim rose…

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Florida flood insurance rates are on the rise in April

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This month, homeowners will start to pay more for their coverage against water damage. Homeowners are being advised that Florida flood insurance is getting more expensive this month. In fact, the majority of residents will find themselves paying significantly more. Flood insurance premiums will be on the rise regardless of whether or not a claim has ever been made. The upward trend of Florida flood insurance rates has been worrying for the state. That said, the insurance industry is hoping to assuage consumer fears. There are still many ways that…

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State Farm homeowners insurance not required to cut rates, says judge

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The California Department of Insurance has been fighting a legal battle with the insurer over premiums. The California insurance commissioner was wrong in saying that State farm homeowners insurance rates had to lower. A judge ruled that the insurer was not required to charge its home and renter policyholders less. The decision stepped around a current unresolved question regarding Proposition 103 and its reach. Proposition 103’s author was among those who criticized the decision regarding State Farm homeowners insurance rates. California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones accused State Farm of profiting…

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Home insurance premiums can rise due to nearby fracking

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Thousands of homeowners across Yorkshire are concerned as the operations prepare to begin. Many residents in areas surrounding upcoming fracking sites are concerned about rising homeowners insurance premiums. This is the case in a number of regions around Yorkshire where the operations may soon begin. Industry experts have cautioned homeowners in those areas that they should expect to pay more. The Yorkshire Post reported that experts in home insurance premiums believe fracking may affect the amount people pay. That said, precisely how the insurance rates will be affected has yet…

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Gun owners insurance policies thin out following Florida shootings

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MetLife and Chubb have severed their ties with the National Rifle Association. The Florida shootings may make it more challenging to purchase gun owners insurance. Both Metlife and Chubb have made decisions to sever their relationships with the National Rifle Association. Chubb announced it would no longer underwrite National Rifle Association branded insurance policies. The company stated that its gun owners insurance underwriting would cease under the NRA’s brand. That coverage is designed to assist gun owners in paying their legal costs should their firearms be used in self defense.…

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Homeowners insurance review and preparation keeps claims down at Super Bowl parties

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These gatherings can be a lot of fun, but some extra care can keep guests and property safe. Super Bowl Sunday is coming up and football fans planning to host a party have a homeowners insurance review and some preparations to make. These small efforts can help to make sure there will be a lower risk of injury, damage or the need for an insurance claim. Millions of Americans plan to take part in a Super Bowl party, either hosting or attending. Any time there is a gathering of people,…

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Connecticut liability insurance makes coverage more expensive for drivers

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Auto policy premiums rose by an average of 4.1 percent for drivers in the state last year. Connecticut liability insurance is making coverage more expensive for drivers throughout the state, according to data from the Insurance Department. In fact, it is also sending homeowners insurance rates higher, though not by as much. Last year, homeowners insurance rates increased by an average of 2.4 percent in Connecticut. Drivers saw a 4.1 percent rise in their premiums because of the Connecticut liability insurance regulations. The Connecticut Insurance Department is responsible for an…

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California mudslide expected to generate tens of millions in insured losses

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A new Aon Benfield report indicated that insurance companies are bracing for sizeable claims from the devastation. Aon Benfield’s Impact Forecasting unit released a report predicting that the California mudslide brought on by heavy rains following massive wildfires in the region will generate widespread losses. Overall, the report predicts an economic loss above $100 million. That said, the insured losses will be within the tens of millions. The areas hardest hit by the mudslides are the cities of Carpinteria and Montecito. Parts of areas surrounding those cities had already been…

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North Carolina homeowners insurance rate hike paused for now

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The NC insurance commissioner declined the price increase for the moment, but the halt is temporary. A recent request for a North Carolina homeowners insurance rate hike has been declined. This saves state residents from having to pay an average of 18.7 percent more for their home coverage. That said, the reprieve from the increased prices is only a temporary one as the rates will eventually rise. In the state, its commissioner must approve any North Carolina homeowners insurance rate changes. Though the industry requested the rate hike, it was…

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New Year’s resolutions that lower your risk of a home insurance claim in 2018

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Some of the changes people put off could make a bigger difference than they realize. A new year often offers a natural opportunity for people to get a fresh start and improve areas of their lives to reduce the risk of home insurance claims, better their health or take greater social responsibility. 2018 presents a great chance for homeowners insurance policyholders to improve their safety. Many people can either reduce their risk of having to make home insurance claims or can make their claim filing much easier by taking any…

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