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Personal insurance: Where many are getting it horribly wrong

When it comes to personal insurance, it’s not just about having a policy – it’s about having the right one. Yet, a significant number of individuals are falling short, leaving themselves vulnerable to financial risks and uncertainties.

Despite the potential for unforeseen events, many individuals are sadly underinsured. Whether for home, motor, or health insurance, insufficient coverage can have devastating consequences during a claim. Underestimating the true value of assets and liabilities is a common pitfall, leaving individuals exposed to significant financial loss.

Here are some ways that individuals often fall short:

Additional liability risks

While basic insurance policies may provide some protection, they often fall short in covering additional liability risks. From lawsuits to property damage claims, individuals may find themselves facing substantial financial burdens without sufficient liability cover.

Disability insurance

Disability insurance is another commonly disregarded aspect of personal insurance. Even with the risk of injury or illness preventing individuals from earning income, many fail to get disability cover. This oversight can have severe consequences, leaving individuals without a safety net if they are unable to work due to disability.

Bundling insurance policies

One strategy often overlooked is bundling insurance policies to maximise cost savings. By consolidating home, motor, and other insurance policies with a single provider, individuals can access discounted rates and reduced premiums, avoiding unnecessary expenses over time.

Policy reviews and updates

Policy reviews and updates are essential yet frequently ignored. Many individuals don’t review and update their insurance policies regularly. As circumstances change, such as acquiring new assets or experiencing major life events, it’s crucial to ensure that insurance coverage remains adequate and up-to-date to avoid insufficient coverage when needed most.

Personal insurance is a crucial component of financial security, yet many individuals fail to ensure adequate comprehensive coverage. From underinsurance to neglecting essential policies, addressing these common pitfalls is essential for safeguarding one’s financial well-being. By taking proactive steps to assess and update insurance coverage, individuals can better protect themselves and their loved ones from unforeseen risks and uncertainties.

For questions or advice regarding personal insurance, contact us at +27 (0)11 912 7300 or email us at indwe@indwe.co.za.

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