Terms & Conditions of Term Insurance Plans

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Claims in term insurance can be availed when the life insured passes away and his beneficiary claims the sum assured. After the internal formalities have been completed, the insurer pays the sum assured to the nominee as prescribed in the policy. Seems pretty simple, isn’t it?

However, there are certain scenarios wherein things don’t work in this simple and straightforward manner and the insurer might deny your claims. This is why the insured and his/her nominees need to thoroughly understand the terms & conditions (read as exclusions) of the term insurance plan as given in the policy document.

Every insurer has its own set of terms & conditions when it comes to term insurance plans. However, some generic exclusions are applicable across almost every insurer and plan. Below mentioned are some of these exclusions:

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Exclusions in an Accidental Death

Although accidental death is covered in a term insurance policy, there might be few cases wherein the insurance company might defer the claim. Usually, in case of an accidental death claim, every insurance company investigates the death from its end and generally has a designated team of healthcare professionals for the process.

The investigation procedure might differ from one insurance provider to another one.

Exclusions Due to Lifestyle

Almost every insurance provider confirms the smoking habits of the insured beforehand. This piece of information is crucial as it comes in handy if the insured passes away due to a lifestyle issue.

Simply put, smokers have lower mortality rates when compared to non-smokers and that’s why the latter are generally put in the high-risk category, which adversely impacts their premium rates, too.

Thus, insurance providers have the right to deny the claim if the policyholder dies due to smoking and has failed to mention the same at the time of filling the proposal form.

Other Exclusions in Term Insurance Plans

There are certain exclusions for term insurance plans that are not covered at all:

  1. Suicide or Self-Inflicted injury

    If the death of the insured is caused by a self-inflicted injury or participating in life-threatening sports without taking complete precautions, the claim won’t be accepted. 

    Additionally, suicide is almost always on every term insurance policy’s exclusion list. If the policyholder commits suicide within one year of purchasing the policy, no compensation will be paid to his family. 

    However, there are some insurance providers that return the entire premium paid by the insurer after deducting the medical & administrative expenses and any other expenses mentioned in the policy. 

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  2. Consumption of Narcotics or Intoxication

    If the death of the life insured is caused by the consumption of drugs or alcohol, the insurer is not liable to compensate the beneficiaries. 

  3. Sexually Transmitted Illness

    If the insured’s death is caused by STDs (Sexually Transmitted Diseases) such as AIDS, HIV, etc., it isn’t covered under the term insurance plans and any claim made for the same will be rejected by the insurance provider. 

  4. Pre-Existing Medical Conditions

    Generally, all term insurance plans are assigned waiting periods for different critical illnesses before they can be covered. Ideally, the waiting period is spans something between 3 months to 4 years. 

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  5. Death Due to Involvement In Criminal Activities Or Riots

    Term insurance policies don’t cover risks that arise from participation in illegal activities or riots.

    The nature of term insurance or any other life insurance policy is to cover risks that are unexpected and accidental. Therefore, involvement in such activities proves the policyholder’s intent to be exposed to greater risks. 

In a Nutshell

In the end, not paying attention to the terms & conditions might lead to claim denial in the long run, which is not what you want. The whole point of insurance is to provide a sum assured to your loved ones to take care of their future. To lose this sum assured is unwise and counter-productive as you lose your premium amount as well.

Therefore, it is really crucial that you understand the features and benefits of a term insurance plan thoroughly. Even though it’s a bit tedious to go through every mentioned exclusion (or inclusion) line by line, the effort put in the initial phase will help family members at the time of claim submission.

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