Essay type questions: What is indemnity? Why the principle of indemnity is not applicable to life insurance?
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Indemnity refers to make good the loss or damage caused due to an uncertain event. The principle of indemnity states that the insured has to be compensated by the insurer for the loss caused to him and bring him back to the same position in which he was before the loss.
The principle of indemnity is not applicable to life insurance because the insurer may pay any amount but the insured cannot be brought back to the same state. Also, the loss of a life is not measurable and no money can indemnify the loss of a life.