Yes, term insurance covers natural death due to any illness, accident or medical condition mentioned under terms of the policy. However, the insurance company will carry out a rigorous investigation to ensure the same before claim approval.
Types of Death Covered in Term Insurance
A basic term insurance plan offers substantial coverage for only certain types of deaths. Since life is unpredictable, you can include essential riders in your plan for added financial protection. However, prior to that, you must know if accidental death is covered by term insurance.
In addition, you need to be aware of the other types of deaths that insurance providers include and the ones that they don’t. This way, you can choose the required add-ons for optimum coverage.
What Types of Deaths are Covered in Term Insurance?
1. Death Due to FireFire can spread due to several reasons if you are not careful enough while cooking or handling electrical gadgets. It can cause severe burns and become very difficult to recover from them. In the majority of cases, the patient is unable to survive. However, the beneficiary can claim a term insurance policy to seek financial support in these cases.
2. Death Due to DrowningThere are several attractive water sport activities, such as boating or swimming. Although these are pretty entertaining, they involve drowning risks. So if any unfortunate incident leads to your death by drowning, your family will face a financial crisis. In such situations, term insurance acts as a safety net, protecting your family from financial crisis.
3. Death Due to Road AccidentRoad accidents are a common cause of untimely death. So, it is generally included under a term plan to provide financial protection to your family on your demise. However, it is essential that the accident does not occur due to rash driving or driving under intoxication. Otherwise, your nominees’ claim can get rejected, leading to a severe financial scarcity in your family after your demise.
4. Death Due to Accidents in FactoriesWorkplace accidents can occur anytime, leading to severe injuries and even death. The possibility of this is even higher if you work in a factory or operate dangerous machines. So, insurers generally include this under term plans to ensure maximum coverage. This is essential to secure your family financially so that you can work with a free mind and perform your best.
5. Death Due to Falling from RooftopSome insurers also include falling from buildings under term insurance policy coverage. So if you accidentally slip and fall from a rooftop, getting injuries that may lead to your death, your beneficiary can raise a claim. Upon verification, if the insurers find the claim justifiable, they will approve it and disburse the sum assured.
6. Death from Electric ShockElectric gadgets need to be handled with care as they can be quite dangerous. Any negligence while handling them can lead to severe injuries or even instant death. So, this type of death is usually included in a term plan for financial coverage. Therefore, your nominee can raise a claim for this policy to acquire the sum assured amount.
7. Death Due to Slipping on Floor
Slipping on wet floors is a common incident that can happen any day. However, some of these incidents can turn out to be fatal. So, insurers generally cover such incidents in their policy to provide financial security to your family after your demise.
However, if there is any deviation in these incidents from the terms and conditions that a policy mentions, it can lead to claim rejection. So it is equally essential to know the claims that insurers generally do not include in a term insurance policy.
What Type of Deaths are Not Covered in Term Insurance?
1. Accident Due to Driving Under IntoxicationA term policy does not cover road accidents under the state of intoxication. If you violate the traffic rules or indulge in driving after alcohol consumption, which causes an accident that leads to your death, your nominee's claim will get rejected.
2. Death Due to Driving Under Influence of DrugsDriving under the influence of drugs is another major crime that can land you in great trouble. Also, if you end up losing your life due to this and if the insurer finds it during verification, they will reject your beneficiary’s claim.
3. Death Due to Participation in Dangerous SportsAdventure sports are highly addictive and top the bucket list of adrenaline junkies. However, if you incur critical injuries leading to death, your nominee will not receive the claim amount of the term insurance.
4. Death Due to Preexisting Health ConditionsIf you keep a chronic health disease hidden from your insurance provider and die because of the same, the insurer won’t approve of a claim on your policy. So, it would be better to disclose all such conditions while filling up the application form to avoid claim rejection.
5. Death Due to Pregnancy and ChildbirthAt times, there can be certain complications during pregnancy. If this persists, leading to an unfortunate death during childbirth, the insurance company will not cover this under their policy. Thus, if your nominee raises a claim, then the insurer will reject it.
6. Death Due to Participation in Illegal ActivitiesIf participating in any illegal activities, such as street fights, bike racing, or criminal acts, lead to death, the insurance provider will not offer coverage on the same. Thus, if the beneficiary raises a claim, insurers can discard it.
7. Death by SuicideInsurance companies do not cover suicide. So, should you ever get such a feeling, you can approach a therapist or visit a wellness centre to calm your mind.
8. Death Due to HIV / AIDSInsurance companies do not approve claims on term policy if you die due to HIV or AIDS. These diseases are often fatal, so you must take maximum precautions.
9. Death Due to Man-Made CalamitiesMan-made calamities such as civil disorder, chemical threats, war, and so on are generally not present under term policy. So, your nominee cannot get approval if you die due to the same.
10. Death Due to Undisclosed HabitIf you are a chain smoker or have any other hidden habits that lead to your death, your nominee will not get a claim approval. Hence, you must eliminate such habits, and if you can't, inform your insurer while applying for a policy.
11. Death Due to Terrorist AttackTerrorist attacks are brutal and can cause death almost instantly. However, most insurance companies do not provide coverage for such deaths under the basic term plan. So, if your beneficiary raises a claim on it on this basis, the insurer can decline it.
12. Death Due to HomicideIf the nominee murders the policyholder for any reason, the insurer will not approve their claim of the policy. In case the nominee is a suspect, the insurer will hold back their claim approval.
13. Death Due to Natural CalamitiesNatural calamities such as floods, earthquakes, and so on can lead to large scale destruction and death. However, insurance providers do not offer coverage for deaths due to natural disasters and will reject such claims.
FAQs about Types of Death Covered in Term Insurance
You will need the following documents while raising a claim:
- Original copy of the insurance policy
- Your photo ID proof
- Death certificate of the policyholder
- Your bank account details
No, a nominee cannot receive the sum assured if the policyholder dies due to self-inflicted injury.
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