Wind causes surge in insurance claims

Yuan Phoon

January 6, 2012

The severe weather affected both home insurance and car insurance.

Roofing claims in particular jumped 12-fold in the last few days.

Simon Douglas, director of AA insurance, said: “Last year it was snow and ice, this year high winds and heavy rain. Both bring a sharp increase in home insurance and emergency claims.

“Common claims are for windows broken by falling tree branches or roof tiles as well as falling gutters and aerials. Comparatively minor damage to a roof can be significantly worsened by high winds and we are seeing claims of this kind, too.

“Customers whose homes have been damaged by the gales and rain should contact their home insurance company who, if their policy includes it, will arrange for a contractor to effect a temporary repair as soon as possible, preventing further damage to their home.”

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