There have been a number of high profile incidents over recent years which has helped to raise awareness of the potential size of claims settlement costs and awards that could hit a business. However, there are still large numbers of businesses exposed to a significant underinsurance risk where a systematic review of all activities and undertakings may not have been fully considered.
Insurance policies often offer levels of cover as standard, but the working environment and the ever changing position of legal costs and claims inflation needs careful assessment.
Due to the nature of risk, the fact that people are living and working longer, rising medical costs and low investment returns, the levels of claim settlements for death and long-term injury can be substantial. If the insurance cover is not sufficient to meet a claim your business could have a significant risk to its ability to trade.
Your Towergate Advisor is on hand to help you by discussing appropriate levels of cover based on your individual circumstances.
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Below is a case study which helps bring to life the issue of buildings underinsurance and how being underinsured can affect your business.
Getting the right level of cover
Five years ago, a small business that constructs advertising signs was advised by their broker to increase their level of Public Liability cover from £1m to £5m at the renewal of their insurance policy. The company agreed, following insistence from the broker. Six days later, an unusually high wind blew one of their signs off a single story building. The sign travelled along a high street and struck a pedestrian, causing a severe disability. The business was found liable because the board had not been secured correctly, and the claim was settled at £4.7m, with the insurance policy covering the payment.