Amanda was 42 when she was given the difficult news that she had ovarian cancer.
The West Yorkshire woman received chemotherapy treatment after diagnosis, but Amanda became one of the unlucky ones. She had a bad reaction to the chemotherapy and because of this she was unable to work.
So when a tax bill arrived in the post for a large sum of money, re-mortgaging her house felt like the right thing to do. The building society with whom she had the mortgage asked her to bring along her life insurance papers to support the mortgage application.
But to Amanda’s surprise, what she thought was a life insurance policy was in fact critical illness insurance instead. She had been paying out £80 per month for two separate insurance policies with Scottish Provident and Norwich Union and had absolutely no idea that those two policies covered her for critical illness.
As a result, Amanda claimed back a staggering £100,000, which paid not only the tax bill but her mortgage as well.
Many of us haven’t got a clue about the exact sum we’re paying on insurance each year or the details of what we are in fact covered for. Not only are we shocked to find out that we are actually covered for more than we in fact realize, but that we’re doubling up by paying for various types of insurance that actually cover the same thing.