Following Storm Emma and the ‘Beast from the East’, Allianz claims handlers have been extremely busy helping customers with their claims.
Here is an update on the current situation:
We have experienced a 100% increase in the number of customer calls to our household claims teams and 75% in commercial property. Across motor we have received over 1000 calls in one morning, which is approximately 200 more calls than expected on a daily basis.
Claims colleagues have been reassigned to claims helplines to help deal with the surge in customer calls. In household claims for example, the number of employees doubled to ensure customers were dealt with promptly.
Allianz’s claims operational manager, Jeremy Trott said:
“We have received a significant increase in calls from customers affected by Storm Emma. To meet this extra demand we have doubled the number of claims handlers in the appropriate areas. We expect more calls as the snow melts when burst pipes unfreeze and this becomes a serious issue for our customers.
“We were well prepared for a severe weather incident and implemented our plans which included contacting our customers before the event to provide advice".
Allianz has the following advice for the people that may think they have a frozen pipe:
- Turn off the stopcock. It can normally be found under the kitchen sink or in the downstairs toilet
- Remove as much furniture and electrical equipment in particular away from where an escape of water might cause damage
- Open the tap closest to the area, and begin gently warming the pipe with a hairdryer or hot water bottle, starting from the end closest to the tap and working away from the faucet.
Although damage to pipes occurs when they freeze, bursts only become apparent when the pipe begins to thaw.
The information contained in this press release relates to Allianz Insurance plc. Allianz Insurance plc is one of the largest general insurers in the UK and part of the Allianz Group.
The Allianz Group is one of the world's leading insurers and asset managers with more than 86 million retail and corporate customers. Allianz customers benefit from a broad range of personal and corporate insurance services, ranging from property, life and health insurance to assistance services to credit insurance and global business insurance. Allianz is one of the world’s largest investors, managing over 650 billion euros on behalf of its insurance customers while our asset managers Allianz Global Investors and PIMCO manage an additional 1.4 trillion euros of third-party assets. Thanks to our systematic integration of ecological and social criteria in our business processes and investment decisions, we hold a leading position in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index. In 2016, over 140,000 employees in more than 70 countries achieved total revenue of 122 billion euros and an operating profit of 11 billion euros for the group.
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