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PIKE Insurance Service has collected a list of Insurance Terms Definitions to help Contrators fully understand what they're getting themselves into when choosing an Insurance Carrier. The list is several pages, so PIKE listed each page of definitions, alphabetically. Use the navigation system to the right and browse the list of definitions by name or click through each page using the "NEXT PAGE " button at the top each page.

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Lloyd's of London

An association of individuals, called "names," or groups of individuals who write insurance for their own accounts. Lloyd’s had its beginning in 17th century London in Edward Lloyd’s coffee house. The Lloyd's Corp. provides the support facility for their activities.

Lloyds Organization

These organizations are voluntary unincorporated associations of individuals. Each individual assumes a specified portion of the liability under each policy issued. The underwriters operate through a common attorney-in-fact appointed for this purpose by the underwriters. The laws of most states contain some provisions governing the formation and operation of such organizations, but these laws don't generally provide as strict supervision and control as the laws dealing with incorporated stock and mutual insurance companies.

Losses & Loss-Adjustment Expenses

This represents the total reserves for unpaid losses and loss-adjustment expenses, including reserves for any incurred but not reported losses, and supplemental reserves established by the company. It is the total for all lines of business and all accident years.

Loss Control

All methods taken to reduce the frequency and/or severity of losses including exposure avoidance, loss prevention, loss reduction, segregation of exposure units and noninsurance transfer of risk. A combination of risk control techniques with risk financing techniques forms the nucleus of a risk management program. The use of appropriate insurance, avoidance of risk, loss control, risk retention, self insuring, and other techniques that minimize the risks of a business, individual, or organization.

Loss Ratio

The ratio of incurred losses and loss-adjustment expenses to net premiums earned. This ratio measures the company's underlying profitability, or loss experience, on its total book of business.

Loss Reserve

The estimated liability, as it would appear in an insurer's financial statement, for unpaid insurance claims or losses that have occurred as of a given evaluation date. Usually includes losses incurred but not reported (IBNR), losses due but not yet paid, and amounts not yet due. For individual claims, the loss reserve is the estimate of what will ultimately be paid out on that claim.

Losses Incurred (Pure Losses)

Net paid losses during the current year plus the change in loss reserves since the prior year end.

Lost Policy Release (LPR)

A means whereby an insured may cancel a policy by signing a statement to the effect that they wish to cancel the policy.

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