Страхуясь от наихудшего

Почти за шесть месяцев с тех пор, как Ураган Катрина разрушил половину Нового Орлеана, ожидания многих жертв урагана были разбиты, оставив в наследство лишь горечь. Это наследство может быть тем более болезненным, когда мы думаем о том, что многие домовладельцы излишне понесли опустошительные потери из-за отсутствия страхования или из-за неполного страхования, часто из-за своего убеждения в том, что они не могли позволить себе заключить договор страхования на общую сумму рисков.

Будущие катастрофы – штормы, землетрясения, цунами, извержения вулканов, лесные пожары, сельскохозяйственные или другие экологические кризисы, эпидемии болезней или террористические нападения – вероятно, приведут к таким же проблемам. Таким образом, важно рассмотреть причины неполного страхования, а также вопрос о том, являются ли наши страховые учреждения компетентными в отношении рисков, с которыми мы сталкиваемся.

По сообщению из Института Страховой Информации, почти 70% исков домовладельцев в Луизиане были удовлетворены к концу января на общую сумму $7,5 миллиардов. Это производит хорошее впечатление, но были сильно повреждены или разрушены около 200000 домов, таким образом, общая сумма составляет менее $40000 на дом – что гораздо ниже того, что было необходимо.

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