Insurance: How is the Accident Rate Evolving?

In Nicaragua during 2020, a year marked by the pandemic generated by the covid-19 outbreak, the outlays for life insurance claims increased and for automobiles decreased.

Friday, January 8, 2021

Figures from the Superintendence of Banks and Other Financial Institutions (Siboif), detail that between January and November 2019 and the same period in 2020, the amount disbursed by insurance companies for life insurance coverage increased by 78%, from $10.7 million to $19 million.

Audry Figueroa, executive director of the Nicaraguan Association of Private Insurers (Anapra), told Laprensa.com.ni that "... we did indeed have an increase in life insurance claims during 2020. We cannot say that this is due to the pandemic, because of the limited information available. The causes of death presented to us do not determine it as cases of covid, but rather determine diverse causes."

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In contrast to the increase reported in the life insurance sector, official figures show a 16% decrease in the amount paid for automobile insurance claims.

According to the Siboif, between the first 11 months of 2019 and the same period in 2020, the disbursements went from $15.8 million to $13.3 million.

The article notes that "... this would match the decision of some employers to send their staff home to work, so people were less likely to drive to the companies where they worked."

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