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Inside Tips on Navigating the Lloyd’s Claims Process

01/28/20

​The claims process can be long and complicated, particularly in the London market, where syndicates operate under the Lloyd’s of London corporate “umbrella.” AmWINS’ London broker, THB Group, handles over $1 billion in claim payments through their award-winning claims team. In this article, THB’s Director of Claims Iain Lebbell explains the role of the London broker and how to navigate the complex claims process at Lloyd’s in order to achieve the best results for your insureds.

Benefits and Challenges of Using Controlled Insurance Programs in Construction Projects

01/28/20

​The use of controlled insurance programs (CIPs) in construction projects has become increasing popular in both the private and public sectors. CIPs provide insureds with many advantages, including streamlined risk management in projects where it would otherwise yield insufficient, inconsistent, or redundant insurance coverage. This articles examines the advantages and disadvantages of CIPs, OCIPs and CCIPS and when its makes sense to utilize them for your clients.

A Budding Market: Professional Lines Opportunity in The Cannabis Sector

12/17/19

​Given the rapid growth and the normalization of cannabis as an industry, various operations throughout the cannabis distribution chain continue to face unforeseen financial exposures. This article addresses these exposures and four key areas of professional lines coverage that retail agents should access to ensure that they are offering a complete portfolio of protection to their clients within the cannabis industry.​

How to Protect Contractors from Economic Loss in Construction Projects

12/17/19

​While the inherent risk of bodily injury and property damage exists each time a contractor begins a project, the economic loss exposures are not always as apparent. The increase in the number of construction projects in the United States, coupled with the expanding roles and responsibilities of contractors, has created a perfect storm of exposure to economic losses for contractors within the construction sector. This article examines the Professional Liability policies available for contractors and how they would respond in common claims scenarios.​

Modernized Disgrace Insurance Addresses "Bad Behavior" in the Internet Era

10/16/19

Having a superstar personality associated with a brand can create buzz and drive revenue. However, high-visibility individuals can also come at a high unintended price if their misbehavior creates a public scandal. This article examines modern disgrace insurance and how social media has created the need for a product that differs from traditional management liability and legacy products to help companies manage celebrity risk.

From Seed to Sale: The Top 5 Issues Impacting the Cannabis Insurance Industry

09/19/19

​Over the last few years, the legal cannabis industry has seen rapid growth and had a significant impact on the U.S. economy. With states continuing to legalize its use, insurance needs for cannabis-related businesses are becoming a popular topic of discussion. This article examines the evolving cannabis industry by exploring five key issues impacting coverage.

A Bird’s-Eye View: Insuring Drones in the Construction Industry

08/22/19

The use of drone technology in the construction industry can revolutionize the lifecycle of a project and provide a contractor with a competitive edge. With the significant increase in the usage of drones, it's important that contractors employ sound risk management strategies and analysis in order to protect their business. This article explores the benefits of utilizing drone technology, associated risks, and legislative issues, as well as insurance coverages to consider.

Freight Forwarders: Complex Services with Complex Coverages

08/20/19

The term “freight forwarder” doesn’t have a singular definition; rather, freight forwarders are identified by the services they provide and the geography in which they operate. Coverage for Freight forwarders is equally complex and includes numerous coverage forms to account for all types of exposures. This article details the various types of freight forwarders, how the services they provide can impact coverage needs, and key factors to consider when working with a carrier or MGA partner.

Identifying Anti-Stacking Provisions in Policy Language

05/16/19

​Anti-stacking provisions are designed to ensure that an insurance company will not apply multiple sets of limits to a single loss event. These provisions can have a significant impact on claims and may be designed for application to intra-policy and inter-policy loss events as well as deductibles. Through various examples and scenarios, this article explains what anti-stacking provisions are, how to identify them in a Property, Casualty or Professional Lines policy, and what they mean to policyholders.

How to Navigate Insurance Coverage in the Age of Uber, Airbnb and the Sharing Economy

05/16/19

​The explosive growth of the sharing economy – businesses offering goods and services through digital platforms that match consumers and providers – presents tremendous opportunity for retailers to market insurance and risk management services to a new breed of businesses. However, the regulation of shared-services is complex, continuously growing and can vary at the state and local level. This article provides insight into the regulations and laws impacting insurance for this industry and key questions to ask when considering the right insurance program for your sharing economy customers.

Perils and Pitfalls of Insuring Short-Term Vacation Rentals

02/19/19

​When the housing market crashed in the 2008, many people turned their secondary homes into income-producing properties. The need for specialized insurance for short-term vacation rentals was recognized with the introduction of online booking websites such as AirBnB. However, standard homeowners insurance policies provide minimal coverage for business activities in the home. This article identifies potential coverage gaps and how rental endorsements can address these coverage issues.

Four Key Additional Insured Endorsements for Contractors

Construction contract negotiations, which determine the kind and amount of insurance required for a construction project, can be time-consuming, complicated and frustrating. Project owners require contractors on a project to name the project owner as an additional insured on the contractor’s casualty insurance program. It's important that both project owners and contractors understand the coverage provided by these additional insured endorsements. This article discusses four common ISO additional insured endorsements related to commercial general liability policies purchased by contractors, including their limitations, conditions and exclusions.

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