Primary Obligations of an Insured

Cite this article as: Jason Mance Gordon, "Primary Obligations of an Insured," in The Business Professor, updated January 24, 2015, last accessed April 2, 2020,
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Primary Obligations of an Insured
This video explains what are the primary obligations of an insured individual to exercise her rights under the insurance contract.

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What are the primary obligations of the insured?

The primary duties of an insured in an insurance contract are as follows:

•    Duty to Disclose Information – The insured must inform the insurer of any events relevant to the contingent risk transferred to the insurer. This includes disclosing information in the application for policy coverage and disclosing incidences of damage to the insured person or property or harms resulting from the insured’s conduct. A failure to disclose such information may lead to the loss of insurance coverage.

•    Duty to Cooperate – An insured has a duty to cooperate with the insurer in the identification, investigation, and resolution of any event or circumstance giving rise to losses born by the insurer.

⁃    Discussion: What do you think about the insured’s duties? Why do you think they are necessary?

⁃    Practice Question: ABC Corp has a policy with 123 Insurance covering any damage to ABC’s facilities or equipment. ABC suffers a huge loss when a fire engulfs the facility. What would ABC’s obligations as an insured be in this situation?

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