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The Insurance Examination Under Oath



Barry Zalma

$9.95

ISBN: 197681961X
Book Format: PDF

The concept of unintended consequences is one of the building blocks of economics. Adam Smith’s “invisible hand,” the most famous metaphor in social science, is an example of a positive unintended consequence. Most often, however, the law of unintended consequences illuminates the perverse unanticipated effects of legislation and regulation.

The insurance Examination Under Oath (“EUO”) is a formal type of interview authorized by an insurance contract. It is taken under the authority provided by a condition of the insurance contract that compels the insured to appear and give sworn testimony on the demand of the insurer or find his, her or it claim rejected for breach of a condition. A notary and a certified shorthand reporter are always present to give the oath to the person interviewed and record the entire conversation.

 

The EUO is a tool used sparingly by insurers in the United States when a thorough claims investigation raises questions about the application of the coverage to the facts of the loss, the potentiality that a fraud is being attempted, or to assist the insured in the obligation to prove to the insurer the cause and amount of loss. Although rarely used the EUO is an important tool needed by insurers when there is a question of coverage.