Business Umbrella Insurance

 

Can your business afford a payment that exceeds a million dollars

Liability claims and court decisions involving millions of dollars are no longer uncommon. Any business can be fond legally responsible for this type of judgment.

Not very long ago, only very large business entities considered purchasing umbrella coverage. Today, a different set of circumstances exists. Liability claims and court decisions involving millions of dollars are no longer uncommon; any business can be found legally responsible for this type of judgment.

A Commercial Umbrella Liability Policy, increasingly referred to as an excess policy, can provide an additional layer of insurance protection to handle major losses. A business owner may consider an accident that does not involve a fatality to be one that can readily be handled by regular coverage. The reality is that such an accident may result in substantial medical care, lost income and other expenses.

An Umbrella Liability policy could be the difference between bankruptcy and an on-going business venture. The Umbrella policy would take over where the business auto policy stopped, providing defense coverage and additional limits to pay large judgments. One thing to remember is that an Umbrella Liability policy will not cover everything; there are exclusions in this form as in any other contract of insurance. However it still represents an excellent method to help shield a business from catastrophic claims.

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AUTO

Almost every business may face a loss due to its owning, renting, using, or loading/unloading a vehicle. Most coverage needs can be handled by a business auto policy (BAP) or similar form. BAPs may cover a variety of operations, including trucking, garaging, public and private transport, and businesses with auto exposures that fall outside the other classes.

WORKERS COMPENSATION

Workers Compensation insurance policies actually provide two types of protection. One covers the cost of medical expenses and disability payments if employees are injured or exposed to illness-causing substances while on the job. The other provides businesses with liability protection in case they are sued for damages arising from employment-related accidents or diseases

PROPERTY

Commercial property policies provide coverage for buildings and personal property that are used in a business. Protecting this property must be a primary goal of any commercial insurance program. Regardless of the size of the business, tangible property usually represents a large portion of its total assets.

NONPROFIT

Whether a human services, arts, educational, civic or other type of nonprofit, your organization should be protected by liability insurance to cover defense costs and damages. Some insurers specialize in coverage for nonprofits and may be able to best meet the insurance needs of your organization.

LIABILITY

Commercial General Liability (CGL) Policies are extremely broad in nature. They insure the bodily injury liability and property damage liability exposures of a variety of commercial businesses, enterprises and ventures.

UMBRELLA LIABILITY

A Commercial Umbrella Liability Policy, increasingly referred to as an excess policy, can provide an additional layer of insurance protection to handle major losses. A business owner may consider an accident that does not involve a fatality to be one that can readily be handled by regular coverage. The reality is that such an accident may result in substantial medical care, lost income and other expenses.

BUSINESS OWNERS POLICY

If you own a small business, your insurance needs may be properly handled by a business owner policy or BOP. BOPs are similar to a homeowners policy, offering both property and liability protection. Businesses such as retailers, wholesalers, small contractors, artisan contractors, dry cleaners, restaurants, offices, and convenience stores (including those with gas pumps) are eligible for BOP coverage.

BONDS

As opposed to insurance, which is a two (2) party contract between an insurance company and the insured, a surety bond is a three (3) party agreement between a Principal, an Obligee, and a Surety.

Beyond Insurance.

Frequently people go for years without reviewing their insurance program, even though life quickly changes. By answering a few questions, you can have the peace of mind knowing that your family and possessions are protected.