Lockdown Home Insurance Claims | Wilson Organisation


September 29, 2020

Lockdown Home Insurance Claims

Lockdown Home Insurance Claims

From flying toys to anti-bac sprays, new data released today by insurer Zurich shows flat screen TVs have been paying the price of lockdown. The insurer has reported a 22% rise in claims for flat screen TVs since lockdown began, with the average cost of damage at £580.

Incidents included a customer whose son accidentally threw his toy hammer at his sister – and while she had a near miss, the TV didn’t causing £400 worth of damage. Another policyholder suffered £500 of damage when their child tried to help out around the house and decided to deep clean the TV with antibacterial spray, causing discolouration and water damage.

But it is not just the family TV that’s come under attack during lockdown. The Insurer has also seen claims for accidental damage to glass rocket by 57%, with an average replacement cost of £680. One policyholder racked up £1000 worth of damage when her son accidentally threw a stone in the direction of the patio door.

Zurich has also covered a number of claims since lockdown for home electronics including a milk-covered games console and a laptop damaged by a child using it as a trampoline. Another family experienced a different type of blues when a child knocked over a tin of blue paint in the hallway, causing 10m² of damage and costing £445 to replace.

Phil Ost, Head of Personal Lines at Zurich, said: “With schools closed for the majority of children and families spending more time at home, accidents are to be expected. While most people try to look after their belongings and remind their children how to play safely, we all know mishaps can happen. This is why having good home contents insurance and accidental damage cover is so important. Our team is there to help fix or replace the items that matter to us the most.”

In addition, as retailers report a big rise in sales of expensive bikes, home electronics and exercise equipment, we are reminding homeowners to inform us about any new high value items they purchase, above the limits set out in their policy documentation. As our homeowners acquire more Contents they should also regularly review their total sums insured to ensure they have adequate cover and are not underinsured.

Just a quick call to our Private Client Team will ensure the things that matter to you most are covered.

Over 100 years of innovation

  • 1914

    A successful launch! The Wilson Organisation was founded in Nottingham by Harold Wilson and became the first company in the East Midlands to offer a comprehensive insurance policy to the region’s fast-growing band of automobile drivers. Innovation from day one.

  • 1920s

    During the 1920’s, Wilsons developed its commercial insurance offering under the stewardship of Harold Wilson. Hopping forwards 80 years, Wilsons has developed a number of industry specialisms including a particular expertise in the food and drink sector. We created a unique insurance offering called “FoodProtect” and, through this service, have been able to deliver intelligence and cost-effective insurance programmes to a broad spread of leading food producers. The best thing since sliced bread? Maybe not, but we’re working on it.

  • 1949

    John Prow joined Harold Wilson in the business, marking the first generation of the Prow family’s involvement in The Wilson Organisation. Wilsons’ clients included leading Nottingham firm Boots The Chemist plus a number of operators in the burgeoning railway sector. With post-war regeneration beginning apace, the firm’s fledgling construction expertise quickly developed into one of our leading offerings and this continues through to the present day, with clients including national and regional builders, developers, contractors, sub-contractors and architects.

  • 1960s

    The 1960s were the start of a new era for The Wilson Organisation. Harold Wilson and John Prow died on the same day in 1963, Harold of illness and John in a car crash. This left John’s son, John J Prow, to run the growing business at the age of 27. Under his youthful direction, Wilsons benefited from a new energy and direction. John J Prow, who had joined in 1960 in a new business role, led the move into our current premises at Wilson House in 1964 and then launched the financial services division in the following year.

  • 1990s

    The late 1990s heralded the start of the third generation of the Prow family’s involvement in the business. Managing Director Charlotte Prow joined in 1998, to be followed by the firm’s Chief Executive, Annabel Prow, in 2002. Product and service innovation continued apace with the launch of a corporate finance specialism in 1997, which continues to deliver valuable cost-savings and insights to the region’s dealmakers.

  • 2000s

    Now century on from the launch of The Wilson Organisation in 1914, the company continues to encourage innovation and reward good ideas. Within the financial services team, 2008 marked the launch of “Flex”, a powerful employee benefit programme and the development of “WRAP”, an investment tool with a unique level of investor control and transparency. Meanwhile, our insurance advisers worked quickly to bring to market a specialist insurance policy for insolvency practitioners.

  • 2010s

    2010 saw the launch of the Midlands Family Business Awards by Wilsons, the UK’s only independent not-for-profit Awards for family businesses. Now in their fifth year, the Awards have raised almost £20,000 for charities supporting families and young people. In 2014 we are celebrating Wilsons’ centenary, a significant milestone in Wilsons’ history.

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