Simon Read: The right insurance can stop a medical crisis turning into a financial disaster

Sometimes it can be a pleasant surprise to discover that you took out an insurance policy years ago. That was certainly the case for Independent reader Sandra Skeels.

Simon Read: Don't assume your insurance auto renewal will automatically be right

Here's a good tip from reader Sam Cowen of Buckinghamshire: check the insurance renewal quotes you're sent very carefully if you don't want to end up paying over the odds.

Exposure to constant noise can cause tinnitus in workers

Deaf workers accused of 'new whiplash' claims in insurance fraud

Firms are dismissive of complaints by employees who have suffered hearing loss in the workplace

Five Questions On: Putting last year's price on insurance quotes

That sounds like a good idea. Who's suggested it - one of the consumer groups?

Motor insurers divided on proposals for whiplash ban

MPs want medical evidence for claims. Will this bring higher premiums?

Crash for cash accidents soar to record levels as crooks target ‘White van man’

Crash-for-cash motor accidents are reaching record levels. Insurer Aviva trawled through its claims data to discover that fraudulent ‘slam-ons’ – accidents deliberately caused in order to claim for whiplash compensation – increased by 51 per cent in 2013.

Passport, sun cream, swimsuit...insurance: With more of us chasing the sun, the risk of suffering a holiday upset is far higher

If the experts are right, more of us are likely to go abroad on holiday this year – encouraged by a possible upturn in the economy and hoping to find some good weather overseas. But the 25 million of us that are likely to leave these shores this summer, according to estimates from the travel association Abta, will find a world that is changing fast.

Customers left hanging as insurers play catch-up

Long delays and the difficulty of tracking down anyone to talk to has left us fed up with our insurance companies.

Damning report calls for home insurance policies to be clearer and more affordable

'Meeting the challenge of the consumer to be fair,' argues a new report, 'requires a revolution.'

Meet the uninsurables left without protection

Sometimes the cost of insurance can make it almost impossible to take out any cover. Samantha Downes looks at what makes someone – or something – 'uninsurable'
Caught on camera: pictures taken from the victim’s car catch the sequence of events for the ‘crash for cash’ sting that culminated in a criminal conviction

Meet Jay Jay, the dog barking mad at her bank

NatWest’s decision to scrap its pet insurance has hurt customers who feel loyal to the firm.

Campaign highlights cost of being unable to work

A publicity stunt will leave seven families better off by paying them an income for a year

Five questions on: Equitable life payout

Ah, has the troubled mutual insurer finally agreed compensation for its fed-up policyholders?

Five questions on: Misleading insurers

Aren't all insurers misleading?

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