Loss adjusters are independent claims specialists appointed by insurance companies to investigate complex or unusual claims.
They visit the site of the loss or damage to investigate the causes and check that the items are covered by the policy. Once on site duties may include:
After the site visit, they present a report to the insurers, making recommendations on the payment to be made in settlement of the claim. They will also explain their recommendations to the claimant. In cases where the policy does not cover the claimant’s loss, it is their responsibility to explain this to them.
In cases where fraud is suspected, they will investigate further by, for instance, checking a company’s accounts to see if they were in financial difficulties.
Normal working hours are 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday; however unsocial hours may be required for emergencies or home visits.
Although loss adjusters are usually home based, they do spend the majority of their time visiting claimants or sites so a current driving licence is essential. They may have to visit sites, such as train crashes and factories immediately after an accident; this can be dirty, dangerous and sometimes distressing. Travel abroad may also be necessary.
To be an insurance loss adjuster you should:
There are a number of ways you can go about becoming an insurance loss adjuster. First, you could start in a junior position like a claims technician or a loss adjuster assistant and work your way up.
As you do this you will need to work towards qualifications that are accredited by the Chartered Insurance Institute or the Chartered Institute of Loss Adjusters.
In some cases though, there may be apprenticeship opportunities that can help you get into this role.
If you choose to go on to higher education, you can join a graduate training scheme at larger insurance companies.
Loss adjusters work for specialist loss adjusting firms, which can be found in all parts of the country and range from small firms employing just one adjuster to large firms employing 200 or more adjusters. They can also work abroad for British or foreign firms. There are opportunities for self-employment. Opportunities for loss adjusters are growing due to an increase in the number of claims being made.
Contact the Financial Services Skills Council for details of skills shortages and approved qualifications in the financial services sector.
If you would like to learn more about becoming an insurance loss adjuster that does not appear on Hotcourses, further information can be found below.
Financial Services Skills Council (FSSC)
51 Gresham Street
Tel: 020 7216 7366
Chartered Insurance Institute (CII)
Tel: 020 8989 8464
Chartered Institute of Loss Adjusters (CILA)
36 Monument Street
Tel: 020 7337 9960
Financial Services Authority (FSA)
25 The North Colonnade
Tel: 020 7066 1000