Can an insurance company deny a claim based on “material misrepresentation” if the health issue being contested is not related to the illness or injury that has prompted the claim for benefits?
Yes. People often believe that if, for example, they have been diagnosed with a form of cancer, but the alleged misrepresentation is regarding high blood pressure, that those two items seem to be unrelated and the misrepresentation appears to be irrelevant. Claims denied based on material misrepresentation turn on the question of, firstly, whether the answer to the question was inaccurate, and secondly, whether the disclosure of the prior medical condition would have been “material” to the insurance company’s decision to issue the policy. If in doubt, contact an experienced insurance lawyer for further guidance and advice.
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