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The phrase "beginning of loss" in standard fire insurance has been interpreted as meaning that the accident or event that is insured against must, if a claim is rejected, an action must be brought within one or two years from the day of the beginning of the loss. The law is clear that the limitation period will be enforced in most situations.
The Sixth Circuit held that a limitation period of one year after the commencement of loss or damage in an insurance contract did not conflict with Kentucky law and was reasonable. [ Smith v. Allstate Ins. Co., 403 F.3d 401, 402-04 (6th ed. 2005); Miller v. Seneca Specialty Ins. Co. (W.D. Ky., 2019)]
The beginning of loss means "the time when the loss first occurred or began to occur." [ Tucker v. State Farm Mut. Auto Ins ., 2002 UT 54, ¶¶ 13-14, 53 P.3d 947].
In Oregon, the Supreme Court held that "
An insured's action for the insurance will be considered relevant if it is submitted within one year after the "beginning of the loss", defined as the point in time when significant damage occurs and is or should be known to the insured, such that a reasonable insured would become aware that his obligation to report under the insurance has been triggered. "When any damage becomes reasonably obvious, time begins to run, even if the full extent of the damage is unknown. The damage occurs when the insured should have known that 'significant damage' had occurred, not when the homeowner found out the actual extent of the damage." ( Doheny Park Terrace Homeowners Assn., Inc. v. Truck Ins. Exchange 132 Cal.App.4th 1076, 34 Cal. Rptr. 3d 157 (2005) and Prudent. Ins. V. Superior Court 51 Cal. 3d 647, 798)
An insured's delayed discovery of potential coverage is irrelevant to the date of commencement of the loss. [ Abari v. State Farm Fire & Casualty Co. 205 Cal.App.3d 530, 535 Cal. Rptr. 565 (Ct. App. 1988)]
The limitation period is customs cleared in California from the time the insured reports the damage to the insurer until the insurer formally denies coverage. "This has been construed as" unequivocally "written denial." [ Migliore v. Mid – Century Ins. Co . 97 Cal.App.4th 592, 118 Cal. Rptr. 2d 548 (2002)] “The reason for the toll rule is to avoid punishing the insured for the time required by the insurer to investigate the damage, while at the same time the central idea of the statute of limitations that an insured has only 12 months to establish is preserved. suit." [ Marselis v. Allstate Ins. Co. 121 Cal.App.4th 122, 16 Cal. Rptr. 3d 668 (2004)] However, there is no requirement for the insurer to assume "fixed, immovable positions" [ Liberty Transport, Inc. v. Harry W. Gorst Co. 229 Cal.App.3d 417, 280 Cal. Rptr. 159 (Ct. App. 1991)] or use special "magic" words, even the word "deny" to achieve the required unconditional denial.
enforceable by every California appellate court and almost every court in every state that has been asked to consider it. Only one California court and a few courts in other jurisdictions it cites have extended the statutory restriction by 12 months. [ Zurn supra .] Other jurisdictions apply a much more liberal interpretation that generally interprets the "beginning of the loss" in terms of equating the term with the occurrence of an action against the insurer.
But even the court Zurn recognized the effectiveness of the private action limitation provision and commenced the limitation period only at a later date than the date of the actual damage. Because Zurn considered special facts, it generously interpreted the term "loss start" (which no longer occurs in current insurances) as the date on which the insured is able to present proof of loss to the insurer. As will be seen below, the Supreme Court of California adopted part of the analysis from the Zurn Court. com as a paperback or Kindle book.
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