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Insurance Loss Assessor

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Most of these occupations require qualifications at NFQ Levels 7 or 8 (Ordinary / Honours Degrees) but some do not.

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At a Glance... header image

Prepares the insurance claim on behalf of the insured and negotiates the best terms for settlement.


The Work header image

The role of the Loss Assessor is to prepare the insurance claim on the insured’s behalf and negotiate best terms for settlement.

The services of a loss assessor should be sought for all claims following loss by fire, theft, flood, storm, business interruption, oil and chemical pollution, subsidence, computer loss, transit, natural disaster, motor and third party property claims.

 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Examine claims forms and other records to determine insurance coverage.

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Investigate and assess damage to property and create or review property damage estimates.

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Interview or correspond with claimants, witnesses, police, physicians, or other relevant parties to determine claim settlement, denial, or review.

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Review police reports, medical treatment records, medical bills, or physical property damage to determine the extent of liability.

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Negotiate claim settlements and recommend litigation when settlement cannot be negotiated.

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Analyze information gathered by investigation, and report findings and recommendations.

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Interview or correspond with agents and claimants to correct errors or omissions and to investigate questionable claims.

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Prepare report of findings of investigation.

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Refer questionable claims to investigator or claims adjuster for investigation or settlement.

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Collect evidence to support contested claims in court.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events:  Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Getting Information:  Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

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Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others:  Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Documenting/Recording Information:  Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

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Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards:  Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

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Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People:  Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.

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Processing Information:  Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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English Language:  Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Customer and Personal Service:  Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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Clerical:  Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.

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Law and Government:  Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.

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Mathematics:  Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Negotiation:   Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.

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Writing:   Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

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Judgment and Decision Making:   Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

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Active Learning:   Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

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Mathematics:   Using mathematics to solve problems.

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Coordination:   Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Entry Routesheader image

The regulation of Private Investigators came into effect from the 1st November 2015.

Contractors providing any of the following services are now required to have a licence:

People who provide services as debt collectors, tracing agents, summons servers, loss assessors /adjusters, security consultants or other occupations where part of their activities fall within the new legal definition of private investigation.

Full details are available here [PDF].

Last Updated: November, 2015


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Organisation: Insurance Institute of Ireland
  Address: Insurance House, 39 Molesworth Street, Dublin 2
  Tel: (01) 677 2582
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Organisation: Insurance Ireland
  Address: Insurance House, 39 Molesworth Street, Dublin 2
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Organisation: LIA
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