March 20, 2009
vrs SSP GmbH, our partner in Austria, report that it is expected that there will be 100,000 claims resulting from snow pressure in Austria this Spring.


Europe | Austria
vrs SSP GmbH Sterkl, Schörkhuber & Partner






One man´s meat is another man´s poison: This year´s snow fall will cause considerable costs to the insurance industry. "We expect similar results to 2006/07", said the Manager of the Generali claims department. At that time the insurance company received up to 23,000 claims; the damage resulting from snow pressure cost about 43 million Euros. "In a normal year like 2005 up to 4,000 claims are notified to us", stated the Generali manager. In 2006 about 215 million Euros resulted from snow damage.


This year the least damage is expected in the regions affected in 2006, because the roof frameworks have been improved and modernised. It is now expected that Lower Austria and Styria will be endangered: "Especially, when the snow melts very slowly and the snow gets heavy. About 85 percent of private buildings are insured.