First-Party vs. Third Party Insurance Claim: What’s the Difference?

To navigate the insurance landscape with ease, it is essential to understand some of the fundamental concepts. Here, we’ll explore the differences between a first-party and a third-party claim, along with when and how to utilize them when life’s unexpected events occur. 

What is a First-Party Insurance Claim?

A first-party insurance claim is made by the policyholder directly to their own insurance company. This type of claim typically involves situations where you experience a loss or damage to your own property such as your home, vehicle, or personal belongings.

For example, if your home becomes damaged in a fire, you will file a first-party insurance claim with your homeowners’ insurance. Your insurance company will assess the damage and process your claim according to the terms of your policy. You may need to pay a deductible, which is an out-of-pocket expense. Your insurance company will cover the remaining eligible costs, depending on your policy’s limits.

What is a Third-Party Insurance Claim?

A third-party insurance claim is filed against someone else’s insurance company. This type of claim typically comes into play when you are seeking compensation from another person’s insurance because they are at fault for an incident that caused damage to you or your property. A common example of a third-party claim would be a car accident where the other driver is at fault.

Filing a third-party claim can be more complex than a first party because you are dealing with someone else’s insurance company. In the event you need to file a third-party claim, you will need to provide evidence of the other party’s liability and their insurance company will investigate and negotiate a settlement if they accept.

Whether you are seeking compensation for your own losses or claiming against someone else’s liability, understanding the key differences between first- and third-party claims can help you navigate the claims process with confidence!

Do you have the proper coverage? Reach out to your Pulte Insurance Sales Agent to be sure!