Can my insurance policy be cancelled
for filing a claim for property damage after a tornado or
According to a consumer representative at the Missouri Department of Insurance, insurance companies will have differing rules for when a policy gets cancelled. The rules do not have to be specified in your policy, and the individual companies can cancel policies at their own discretion. Even if your policy is not cancelled, your premiums may go up after filing a claim.
Ask your agent what will happen if you file a claim. Many
companies will not cancel after one claim, but some may, so
it is important to find out about your specific insurer
right away so that you know what you're dealing with.
To learn more about how to deal with your own insurance company after a natural disaster, you can find consumer information at the Missouri Department of Insurance website: http://insurance.mo.gov/consumer/info/springStorms.htm.
Brenda Procter, M.S., Consumer and Family Economics, College of Human Environmental Sciences, University of Missouri-Columbia
Last update: Wednesday, October 26, 2005