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Closing the Coverage Gaps in Liability Insurance Policy

Closing the Coverage Gaps with Auto Insurance Policy in West Hollywood, California. Gaps in your liability auto insurance coverage can cost you a fortune. Having gaps in your liability auto insurance coverage is like venturing out into a snowstorm without an overcoat. In either case, it’s tough to succeed without protection. Before purchasing any insurance policy, you need to fully understand the basic structure of the contract in terms of what’s covered and not covered. READ MORE

Does Your Insurance Cover What You Agreed to in That Contract?

Most construction projects involve written contracts. A contractor signs a contract with the project owner, with the general contractor, or with a subcontractor on the project. The contract normally spells out the obligations of the contractor regarding, among other things, the insurance the contractor must carry and liability that he will assume. Construction contracts often contain “indemnification” agreements under which the contractor agrees to assume some of the owner’s or general contractor’s liability for accidents that occur during the project. Should something happen, will the contractor’s general liability insurance policy pay for the damages he assumed? READ MORE

Protect Your Company from Nuisance Lawsuits

A March 2007 study from the Pacific Research Institute titled Jackpot Justice: The True Cost of America’s Tort System, stated that lawsuits in the U.S. cost the American Public an estimated $865 billion dollars per year. Much of this litigation was needless or stemmed from nuisance lawsuits which could have been largely avoided. In these litigious times, business owners need to sit down and analyze their risk exposure. READ MORE

Additional Insureds: What Coverage Do They Really Have?

Most construction contracts require one party to name the other party as an additional insured under the first party’s general liability insurance policy. For example, a contract between a project owner and the general contractor will require the GC to cover the owner as additional insured. A contract between a GC and a subcontractor will have a similar requirement in favor of the GC. By making this requirement, the owner or GC is attempting to transfer the liability insurance responsibility from itself to the other party. However, what the GC is trying to achieve and what it actually gets may not be the same. READ MORE

OCP Policy: Better Than Additional Insured Coverage?

When a contractor wins a bid for a job, the contract with the owner or general contractor will often require the contractor to provide liability insurance coverage for both the contractor and the owner or GC. The contractor usually accomplishes this by having his insurance company add the other party to his policy as an additional insured. An additional insured has certain rights under the policy, the most important of which are the right to insurance company provided defense and payment of losses. However, this approach may not satisfy all of the other party’s requirements. In this situation, the contractor may want to consider an alternative coverage approach. READ MORE

Workers’ Compensation Experience Modifications: What Happens When a Loss Reserve Changes?

For many businesses, workers’ compensation insurance is one of the largest expenses. A firm’s experience modification, which is a numeric factor that applies to the workers’ compensation premium, is a major influence on that cost. It is designed to reward firms that have below average loss activity and penalize those with above average activity. Firms with losses below average will have a mod of less than 1.0, while others with above average losses would have mods greater than 1.0. The insurance company multiplies this number by the calculated premium, producing either a reduced or increased premium. Firms with frequent, small losses fare worse under experience rating than those with infrequent, large losses. However, large losses and changes to the amounts reserved for them can still have a great impact. READ MORE

Shield Your Business from Phony Slip and Fall Claims

If you’re open to the public, you’re always vulnerable to a fraudulent slip and fall claim. These types of claims are a favorite among con artists because they’re easy to perpetrate and difficult to disprove. Circumstances like a slippery floor, or a broken sidewalk are an open invitation to a specialist in insurance fraud to make you their next target. READ MORE

What Is and Isn’t Age Discrimination

With a troubled economy and continuingly soaring healthcare costs, employers are always on the lookout for ways to limit expenses. Much as they might not want to, they often look at personnel costs, including those for healthcare. Personnel moves, however, can be a minefield for the unwary. Handled incorrectly, they can land a well-meaning employer in court, especially if they smack of possible discrimination against older workers or retirees. Several court and regulatory decisions over the past few years have weighed in on what employers can and cannot do regarding their older employees. READ MORE