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Social inflation is an issue that continues to gain intensity. The term describes the convergence of societal and legal trends resulting in increased litigation and larger jury awards. As these cases are tipping in the plaintiff’s favor, social inflation is adversely impacting insurance capacity and increasing pricing. This article explores the issues driving social inflation, mitigation strategies and what the future holds for impacted sectors.
Despite the ongoing pandemic and hard market pressures, the London marketplace has demonstrated its resilience. In the Q4 State of the London Market report, our London specialists at THB take a closer look at what's happening at Lloyd's and examine market conditions across several segments.
Professional lines has always been a diverse market, varying widely in capacity, pricing and underwriting appetite among the different segments. Today, difficult market conditions exist across most segments, as carriers struggle to adapt to new challenges and brokers work to replace lost capacity. The Q3 State of the Professional Lines Market report examines trends across several of these segments.
Cyber-attacks and their severity and frequency are constantly evolving – with risks and expenses varying widely among industries. AmWINS’ proprietary cyber benchmarking tool assists in making policy limit purchasing decisions by analyzing data from thousands of cyber liability placements made by AmWINS brokers.
As working from home becomes the new norm, exposure to cybercrime has risen at an alarming rate; 300% according to the FBI. Personal home networks are much less secure than the organized network infrastructure used in offices. Learn more about the recent rise in cybercrime and how AmWINS' expertise and tailored cyber insurance products can help you protect your clients.
Employment practices liability (EPL) insurance in the U.S. marketplace has always been affected by social trends. This article explores the top factors influencing buyer behavior, product development and underwriting appetite associated with EPL coverage.
Court rulings, have extended the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to apply to websites that are "heavily integrated" with and serve as a "gateway" to a physical stores/services. As a result, companies are now finding themselves targets for ADA claims based on the inaccessibility of their websites and media by those who are disabled.
As the healthcare industry remains on the front lines of battling the COVID-19 pandemic, staying abreast of the changing landscape and how the insurance market is adapting is critical to ensure new exposures are covered and renewals are successfully placed. In this article, our specialists share what they are seeing in the Healthcare and Senior Care markets, tips for risk control and mitigation, and how to get the best results for insureds.
As a result of the COVID-19 crisis, our industry is facing a broad array of challenges that impact insureds of every size and in every industry. In the first of a series of webinars, we hear from an economist on the financial impacts of COVID-19 and what we can expect in the future. This webinar is intended to complement your conversations with clients about how to plan for the next 12 to 24 months.
This podcast features an update from John Neal, CEO of Lloyd’s, on the state of the Lloyd's market and their response to COVID-19 as well as a panel discussion with London Professional Lines underwriters on how they view the pandemic's impact both the Professional Lines sector and their syndicate's business.
The COVID-19 crisis has created a rapidly changing environment for the Professional Lines market. With the uncertainty of how claims will develop and the potential for increased exposure, retailers must be proactive. In this article, AmWINS specialists share their insights on why this is more important now than ever, including reactionary underwriting trends, D&O policy exclusions and impacts to EPLI, as well as the threat for increased cyber attacks and crime losses.
The disruptive impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on supply chains is already having a pronounced effect on the world of logistics and logistics insurance. Port closures, demand surges and production shifts are requiring nimble response to keep up with change. This article arms insurance brokers with the information needed to understand the changes taking place and plan for what is likely to occur in the months ahead.
For decades, the logistics insurance market has been considered a sub-market of the cargo or ocean marine market. However, the continual rise of e-commerce and its effect on the global supply chain has carved out a complex and expansive industry niche. This article provides insight into the various lines of coverage, the specialized underwriting approach, and rate surges within the U.S. logistics insurance market.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Lloyd’s remains open for business and syndicates have successfully transitioned to working from home. However, there are notable changes in how the London market is approaching business. In this article, specialists from THB, AmWINS’ London broker, share their insight on consistent themes across the London Market as well as updates on various lines of business.
There have been a lot of questions regarding COVID-19, in particular about coverage and claims handling. This claims advice is intended to offer guidance to help our retail clients through these difficult times.
The disruption to business and everyday life caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is resulting in an economic impact for insureds. Much of this disruption is likely not covered by insurance. We have consulted with several AmWINS insurance specialists across the Property, Casualty and Professional Lines sectors and offer a COVID-19 update.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Disgraceful behavior incidents by celebrities and entertainers are at an all-time high and can be costly, both financially and reputationally, to the consumer brands, sports teams or production studios that employ them. These scenarios of recent disgrace events provided by SpottedRisk, creators of the modern Disgrace Insurance product, that illustrate how a claim would have been triggered under this product.
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.
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.
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.
Social engineers exploit human emotions, rather than using sophisticated software or hacking technology, to bypass the most iron-clad security measures. In the second part of our Social Engineering series, we identify examples of schemes employed by social engineers and how to design and implement comprehensive security practices to mitigate the risk of a loss.
Increased regulations have made pure technological cyber-attacks more difficult and costly, causing cyber criminals to shift their focus to social engineering. Although traditional commercial crime policies contain a computer fraud and funds transfer fraud insuring agreement, courts have generally held that claims arising from incidents where the insured voluntarily transfers funds – many of which arise from social engineering – are not covered. This article examines key court rulings and how to fill in potential coverage gaps.
With rapid expansion of social media and blurring of company officers' personal and official personas online, the D&O risks for companies have grown significantly. This article examines the fallout from Elon Musk's infamous tweet about Tesla stock to illustrate how an officer's social media presence is a potential risk factor. With the market at a critical juncture in the underwriting of D&O coverage, this article also provides insight into essential risk management components.
Many businesses that depend on the export and import of goods contract with freight forwarders to manage the intricate logistics of international trade. As the number of freight forwarders operating in the United States continues to grow and their roles continue to expand, new risks are being generated that require quick adaptation and innovative underwriting solutions. This article identifies the ever-evolving risks that freight forwarders face and explores coverage options for this growing market.
Every industry has exposure to cyber risks, including transportation and logistics. While these industries worked from paper and wheels for many years, now there are both internal and external networks that are critical to operating in this industry group. This article discusses the unique cyber risks facing the transportation and logistics sector, coverages to address these threats, and proactive cyber risk management tools.
A common complication during the claim process is the late reporting of claims. In some cases, a late claim can put the agent or broker's own E&O policy in jeopardy. There are many reasons for missing a reporting deadline; however, in most cases, they will not matter to the insurer or the courts. This article discusses typical claim reporting requirements, common causes of late reporting, and recommendations to mitigate the risk of late notice claim denials.
In 2018, companies within the energy sector rely heavily on technology to perform daily operations. With this increased connectivity comes increased cyber risk. As threats continually evolve, it is virtually impossible to adequately prepare for every type of cyber-attack; however, appropriate insurance coverage can play a key role in mitigating risk. This article discusses energy-related claim trends and the value that Cyber Liability policies can add to your coverage offering for energy risks.
A professional services exclusion is found in most private company D&O policies, as well as in D&O policies issued to publicly traded companies that provide professional services, such as banks and financial advisory firms. Seemingly minor differences in the wording of the exclusion's policy terms have caused numerous claim denials. Learn what you can do to protect against insureds being caught by surprise by a carrier's denial based on an expansive reading of an exclusion.
In 2017, the issue of sexual harassment – especially in the workplace – gained greater awareness as accusations of harassment by high-profile individuals were constantly in the news. In many cases, sexual harassment lawsuits seriously impacted businesses and their respective insurers. Employment Practices Liability Insurance not only provides protection against employee lawsuits, but can also help your clients mitigate their sexual harassment risks.
The False Claims Act (FCA) is a law that imposes liability on persons or companies who have defrauded government programs and is the primary litigation tool used in combating fraud against the government. These tips and trends will help you navigate the changing healthcare landscape under the FCA.
As Cyber exposures continue to evolve, it is increasingly important to understand the risks, the potential costs and which type of insurance policy responds.
The manufacturing industry contributed to over 12% of the U.S. economy in 2015, and this number is expected to increase. While new growth in production and sales is a positive development for businesses, it may also open the door to an elevated and often misunderstood insurance risk: financial damages not caused by bodily injury or property damage.
In the event of a cyber attack, the Directors & Officers (D&O’s) of a company are often held liable. D&O's should ensure they have comprehensive insurance coverage as well as mitigate their cyber liability exposure with these three steps.
The financial markets' crisis and the failure of major banks, securities broker/dealers and insurers together with an upswing in cases of fraud has meant that investors are profoundly concerned with the protection of assets they have entrusted to others. Fortunately, there are statutory bodies and insurance policies in both the US and Canada which have been created to address these concerns.
In response to the masses becoming more aware of cyber-attack techniques, hackers have countered with more sophisticated attacks, such as CEO Fraud, also known as Social Engineering Fraud. How we do we address this increasing risk as an industry?
Despite the heavy burden on employers, since its inception, OSHA's programs and policies have dramatically improved employee safety. It's important that employers know about OSHA requirements and exemptions, which could make or break a citation defense.
With the economy on the rebound, carriers have started to again offer multi-year policies for banks, but on a selective basis. Deciding if a multi-year policy makes sense for your insured requires careful consideration, and they can provide many benefits over traditional annual policies.
Not licensed. Insolvency. No guarantee of claims payment. These words on a policy can cause concern to insureds, especially those with little to no experience with the excess and surplus lines marketplace. Understanding the reasoning behind these disclosures will help you put your clients at ease.
The most significant liability threat for companies after a data breach could be from their business partners, including banks and payment card processors. This article details what merchants and their brokers need to know to ensure their coverage matches their needs and expectations.
Looking for ways to limit the Insured vs. Insured exclusion in your client's D&O policy? By considering the amendments recommended here, you may be able to negotiate broader coverage for your client.
With the renewal of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA), it is a good time to look at Management Liability and Professional Liability lines to discuss how terrorism in general can trigger coverage.
There is a tremendous potential risk for merchants when it comes to the fines and penalties associated with data breaches – not to mention the public relations nightmare that could follow. Many insurers are hesitant to provide the capacity that is needed for the exposure that exists. Are your clients aware of the Cyberliability solutions that will cover them in the event of a breach?
When it comes to cyber-crime and massive data breaches, there's one group that has been relatively overlooked when it comes to cyberliability - nonprofits. How would an organization with limited capital protect its infrastructure in the event of a breach?
When an employer shifts its employees to a leasing agency or Professional Employer Organization, what happens to the employer’s Employment Practices Liability exposures? Without careful consideration, this transition can create coverage gaps and other complications, making consultation with a financial services professional an important part of the transaction to ensure clients are properly covered during this change.
A close look at a garage liability policy will likely reveal a number of coverage gaps and exposures that could have a dramatic impact on balance sheets in the event of a claim. While these packages are the industry norm, identifying potential gaps and the stand-alone solutions that can supplement the garage package policy will go a long way in helping protect clients before it’s too late.