Definitions for "Claims-Made Coverage"
A policy providing coverage only if a claim is made during the policy period. If the policy has a retroactive date, a loss that occurred before that date is not covered. Contrast with Occurrence Coverage.
a form of insurance in which coverage is limited to liability only for those claims that arise from incidents or events that both happen and are reported to the insurance company while the policy is in force. As premiums for claims-made insurance reflect ongoing claims experience, they can be readily adjusted up or down as experience changes. When a claims-made policy is terminated, future claims arising from incidents that occurred during the policy period are not covered.
A type of public liability insurance that responds only to claims for injury or damage that are brought (to the insurer) during the policy period (or during a designated extended reporting period beyond expiration). This development was in response to "long tail" claims, such as those related to asbestosis injury, carrying over many years and multiple layers of coverage limits. However, most public liability policies are written on an "occurrence" basis, covering injury or damage occurring during the policy period even if a claim is brought months or even years later.