Can You Claim on Insurance for Lightning Strike

Many homeowners insurance policies cover damage caused by lightning strikes. This can include damage to the home’s structure, roof, electrical system, or appliances. If you experience a lightning strike, it’s important to contact your insurance company as soon as possible. They will be able to assess the damage and determine whether it is covered under your policy. Most policies will require you to pay a deductible before your coverage kicks in. The amount of the deductible will vary depending on your policy. Once you have paid the deductible, your insurance company will typically cover the cost of repairs or replacement.

Lightning Strike Damage Covered Under Homeowners Insurance

A lightning strike can cause significant damage to your home and its contents. Fortunately, homeowners insurance can help you cover the costs of repairs and replacement.

Covered Damages:

  • Structural Damage: Damage to the roof, walls, or foundation of your home.
  • Electrical Damage: Damage to electrical systems, appliances, and electronics.
  • Fire Damage: Damage caused by a fire started by a lightning strike.
  • Personal Property Damage: Damage to clothing, furniture, or other personal belongings.

It’s important to note that the specific coverage and limits may vary depending on your insurance policy. Contact your insurance provider for more details.

Damage TypeCoverage Limit
Structural DamageUp to 100% of policy coverage
Electrical DamageUp to 50% of policy coverage
Fire DamageUp to 100% of policy coverage
Personal Property DamageUp to 10% of policy coverage

Exclusions and Limitations for Lightning Claims

While most homeowner’s insurance policies cover lightning damage, there are certain exclusions and limitations that policyholders should be aware of.


  • Damage caused by indirect lightning strikes (e.g., power surges)
  • Damage to trees or other vegetation outside of the insured structure
  • Damage caused by hail or wind accompanying a lightning strike
  • Damage to electronic equipment (may require additional coverage)


In addition to exclusions, there may also be limitations on the amount of coverage available for lightning claims:

Coverage LimitDescription
Dwelling coverageCovers the cost of repairs or replacement to the insured structure.
Personal property coverageCovers the cost of replacing or repairing damaged personal belongings.
Additional living expensesCovers the cost of temporary housing and other expenses if the insured home is uninhabitable due to lightning damage.

The specific exclusions and limitations that apply to lightning claims will vary depending on the policy. It is important to carefully review your policy and discuss any questions or concerns with your insurance agent.

Lightning Strike Damage to Electronic Devices

Lightning strikes are a major cause of damage to electronic devices, both in homes and businesses. The surge of electricity can fry circuits, damage hard drives, and destroy data.

Most homeowners and business insurance policies cover damage caused by lightning strikes. However, there are some exceptions. For example, some policies may not cover damage to electronic devices that are not plugged into a surge protector.

If you have suffered damage to electronic devices due to a lightning strike, it is important to file a claim with your insurance company as soon as possible. Here are some tips for filing a claim:

  • Take photos of the damage.
  • Make a list of the damaged devices and their value.
  • Contact your insurance company and file a claim.

Your insurance company will investigate the claim and determine whether the damage is covered by your policy. If the damage is covered, your insurance company will pay to repair or replace the damaged devices.

Here are some additional tips for protecting your electronic devices from lightning strikes:

  • Unplug all electronic devices during a thunderstorm.
  • Use surge protectors to protect your devices from power surges.
  • Consider installing a lightning rod to protect your home or business from lightning strikes.

Covered Damages

The following table outlines some of the damages that are typically covered by homeowners and business insurance policies:

Damage to electronic devicesCovered, but may require a surge protector
Damage to buildingsCovered
Damage to trees and landscapingCovered
Loss of income due to business interruptionMay be covered, depending on the policy

Filing an Insurance Claim for Lightning Damage

If your home or property is damaged by a lightning strike, you may be able to file a claim with your insurance company. Here are the steps to take:

  1. Contact your insurance company as soon as possible. Report the damage and provide them with as much information as possible, including the date and time of the strike, the location of the damage, and a description of the damage.
  2. Take photos or videos of the damage. This will help your insurance company assess the damage and determine how much it will cost to repair or replace your property.
  3. Get estimates from contractors. This will help you determine how much it will cost to repair or replace your property and provide your insurance company with an estimate of the damage.
  4. File a formal claim. Once you have all the necessary information, you can file a formal claim with your insurance company. You will need to provide them with a completed claim form, along with any supporting documentation, such as photos, videos, and estimates from contractors.
  5. Cooperate with your insurance company’s investigation. Your insurance company will likely send an adjuster to inspect the damage and determine the cause of the loss. Be sure to cooperate with their investigation and provide them with any information they request.

Once your insurance company has completed their investigation, they will determine whether your claim is covered and how much they will pay for the damage. If you are not satisfied with the amount of the settlement, you may be able to appeal the decision.

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