UPDATED: July 25, 2012
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Some insurance policies contain a provision allowing or requiring arbitration of certain disputes between the insurance company and the insured, and this may include disputes regarding certain types of claims.
Arbitration is a procedure for resolving disputes by use of neutral, private individuals ("arbitrators") as an alternative to a lawsuit, and it often is a cheaper and faster method of resolving contract disputes as compared with a court proceeding. This procedure usually is not available unless specifically stated in the policy or unless the insurance company and policyholder mutually agree to submit their dispute to arbitration.