Can You Claim Death Benefit of Life Insurance Plan on Suicides?

A recent data reported by NST shows the estimation of between nine and 13 per 100,000 people compared with eight in the 1980s commit suicides. However, health experts say the figure could be higher.

Of particular concern is the suicide rate in the Indian community in peninsular Malaysia. It is estimated that 30 to 35 Indians in 100,000 commit or attempt suicide as against 15 Chinese and six Malays.

The main causes of suicide in Malaysia were

  • financial problems,
  • depression,
  • drug and alcohol abuse,
  • poverty,
  • childhood abuse
  • mental problems such as schizophrenia.
  • stress,
  • job loss,
  • examination woes and
  • relationship problems.


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As such, the real figures could be higher because some suicides might be categorised as accidental death because it was taboo in some communities to spare the psychological burden on survivors or to avoid loss of life insurance payments. I’ve heard of policy holders taking advantage and bluffing their way to get insurance compensation. In fact, I’ve never known any case that insurance company had cheated their customers.

So the question is in case of suicide, can the beneficiaries claim death benefit from the deceased insurance policy. For life insurance policy, look for this clause:

If the life assured, whether sane or insane, commits suicide within one year from the Policy Issue Date or from the date of any reinstatement, whichever is later, this Policy shall be rendered void. The Company’s liability shall be limited to the refund of premiums paid without interest.


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Yes. You can claim, but don’t commit suicide yet. Make sure your policy had run for a whole full year. You might change your mind then.

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5 Comments

  • Relax

    Reply Reply November 23, 2007

    trading life for money… some people are really sick

    • KCLau

      Reply Reply November 23, 2007

      life actually worth more than monetary term.

    • rajan

      Reply Reply March 12, 2012

      they r not sick…its due to the loved ones pay attention more to money the love

  • Sanjeev

    Reply Reply April 8, 2010

    Yes life actually worth more then monentary term but sometimes circumstances get heavy on it.

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