Weird insurance claims

It turns out lost luggage is the least of your worries. Allianz Global Assistance has released its list of the weirdest travel insurance claims of the year. Be thankful they didn’t happen to you with this week’s Friday Funnies.

Georgia of the Jungle
A young traveller was zip-lining through the dense canopy of the Costa Rica rainforest when her brakes failed and she unfortunately flew face first into a tree-trunk. After reviewing her claim against her policy cover, all medical expenses were paid.

Ink Stinks
For many travellers, tattoos are a way of marking memorable experiences, or things close and dear to their heart.  A holidaymaker in Canada thought he would mark his time spent overseas with a tattoo. Unfortunately he suffered a severe allergic reaction to the ointment prescribed and developed an invasive rash. His medical expenses were paid.

Beauty is a Beast
What better way to celebrate the love you have for your newlywed husband than by undergoing a little plastic surgery on your honeymoon.  A newlywed couple headed to Thailand where the new bride elected to undergo liposuction. She reacted adversely to the procedure and incurred extensive medical expenses for hospitalisation. Her claim was rejected as liposuction is an elective surgery and not a medical emergency.

Deadly Snakebite
A tourist in South Africa’s Kruger National Park was bitten by a Mozambique Cobra snake; one of the most venomous snakes in the world. This particular snake carries cytotoxic venom which destroys tissues and blood cells. Thankfully, the victim survived and his medical and cancellation costs were paid.

Lip Glass
A tourist at a supermarket in Italy was packing her car with glass drinking bottles. A bottle slipped onto the cement and the glass ricocheted up and flew onto her lips. Fortunately for her, her medical expenses were covered.

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The Bejewelled Jaw
A holidaymaker in The Whitsundays had been shark diving. As she removed her wetsuit, her engagement ring came off and fell into the deep blue. Her claim for the lost ring was successful. Unfortunately the ring was not recovered.

Monkey See, Monkey Throw
Whilst visiting a temple in Bali, a couple had their bag snatched out of their hands by a cheeky monkey. Several Balinese children attempted to entice the monkey with food in order to recover the bag, however, clearly aggravated, the monkey threw the bag over a cliff top. The couple’s claim for luggage and personal effects was paid.

Taking the Mickey
A tourist riding the New York subway was held at gunpoint and robbed by the most unsuspecting character ever, ‘Mickey Mouse’.  After details from the police report were confirmed, the cash claim was settled.

High Voltage
A female tourist in Rome was charging her camera which was plugged into an adaptor in a hostel dormitory. As she plugged in her hair straightener she was left in darkness. The overloaded power board cut power to the entire hostel. Her camera was damaged by the power surge and her claim for the camera was paid.

Hunter becomes the Hunted
A couple on a hunting tour in North Queensland sought a quick escape when they felt they had become ‘the hunted’ by their tour guide. The insured’s claim for the cancellation of the remainder of the tour was not paid as there was no evidence to indicate that they were in any danger.

Information compiled by Compare Travel Insurance