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Not sick enough

Two people had planned a safari tour to Africa. Both obtained travel insurance policies from the same insurer. A month before their trip, one man got ill and his GP declared that he was unfit to travel for the next three months.  H...

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Cover for missed flight

Question: We have a client insured under a corporate travel policy. One of their staff missed flights and had to get new flights due to a spelling mistake in their name on the tickets. This error cost $4500 to fix. The in...

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What counts as ‘internal’?

Question: We have a situation with a leak under the driveway within a residential property. Under the home definition the driveway is included as long as it is within residential boundaries. The client has a leak comi...

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Timing concerns

Question: We are looking at changing general liability providers for a plumbing business. There are no known claims or circumstances likely to give rise to a claim. Due to the nature of the plumbing industry and the...

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Who’s out of pocket?

Question: The client is a franchise motor vehicle dealer which includes own workshop. They were contracted to carry out a factory recall repair on a tractor which required removal of the motor by the insured and the...

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How many times is levy due?

Question A number of classic cars are held in a museum. The broker and insurer agree to insure the vehicles under a material damage policy whilst on display. The broker supplies the list of vehicles to the insurer each year and...

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Pre-settlement insurance

Question A client has agreed to purchase a house over which the seller holds home insurance. When the property goes unconditional the purchaser wishes to undertake some building/renovation work prior to settlement. Both...

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Boss’s travel goes wrong

Question.. Hope you can assist on a little travel claim as the insurers are declining based on semantics. Our client has a corporate travel policy in place. Our client makes up part of the executive management team and is...

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Insuring against yourself

Question... I have a company who is constructing a building in their own name. They have arranged contract works insurance, but have also asked about defective workmanship. As the building is owned by them, I advised they could...

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Marital property

Question... Our client had a car that was insured in his name stolen. The claim was recently settled by payment to his nominated account.  His wife has now asked for details of the settlement as she says she is...

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Damage discovered too late

Question... A client owns a property in Christchurch. The building suffered some minor damage in Christchurch earthquakes and claim was cash settled . The damage was assessed as plaster and painting only. The tenant now...

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Risk transfer

Question... Our client's general liability policy contains the following exclusion: "Building defects alleging, arising directly or indirectly out of, or in respect of: 2.1 the failure of any building or structure to...

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Risk for storage

Question... Client is an owner/operator of a vehicle recovery and tow business. He never tows on a hook. All carriages are on a flat deck truck or trailer. The vehicle is winched on to the flat-deck or trailer for the purpose of...

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Uninsured driver

Question... A claim has been lodged, accepted and paid for by the insurer. An uninsured third party reversed into the customer's parked vehicle. The uninsured driver was identified. The insurer has established liability...

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Risk transfer

Question... We have a client who ships goods overseas on CIF terms, and therefore has to arrange insurance to cover the goods including when risk transfers to the purchaser. They have suffered a loss which appears to have...

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