Casualty

AmWINS is the leading casualty insurance wholesale broker in the U.S., with the ability to handle a wide range of account sizes and complexities.

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Casualty Expertise

AmWINS' position as a leading U.S. casualty wholesaler provides our clients access to proprietary products with strategic markets, our risk and industry practices, and brokers who specialize in many classes of business. We leverage our market position along with our skills and resources to provide coverages for unique exposures and business opportunities in new emerging risks of today. This enables us to offer advice and meet with our clients’ customers to tailor coverage for leading edge solutions for each risk.

We have partnered with leading specialty and E&S carriers that offer coverage for nearly every class of business, placing more than $4 billion in casualty premium with them annually.

 

Proprietary Products

AmWINS is continually providing new product offerings for our clients and offers easy access to many exclusive underwriting programs for specific industry groups. We provide our retails clients with our significant market presence, product knowledge with proprietary products and solutions in all classes of risk to give retailers a distinct advantage in the marketplace.

 

Small Account Binding Authority

Through AmWINS Access, our company’s nationwide binding and small business platform, you benefit from industry-leading technology which both simplifies and accelerates the process of handling small accounts. All of this leads to speed, efficiency, and the best possible terms for your insureds.

 

Value-Added Services

This high level of expertise allows us to work collaboratively with our carrier partners, providing the support and tools necessary to protect your clients’ assets and income through hazard identification, evaluation, mitigation, and control by offering supportive and collaborative services that include:

  • Liability risk management
  • Claims advocacy
  • Placement strategy
  • Market selection
  • Form review
  • Risk differentiation
  • Strategic program structure

Areas of Specialty

Commercial Auto

Construction Wraps

Environmental Liability

General Liability

Liquor Liability

Product Recall

Products Liability

Umbrella and Excess

Workers' Compensation

Workers' Compensation Programs

Recent Insights

COVID-19, Casualty, Emerging Risks, Healthcare (P&C), Professional Lines, Property & Casualty

Insurance Impacts of COVID-19 on the Healthcare and Senior Living Industry

03/30/20

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.

COVID-19, Casualty, Cyber Liability, Emerging Risks, Environmental, Professional Lines, Property, Property & Casualty, Workers' Compensation

COVID-19 – Are Your Clients Covered?

03/19/20

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.

Casualty, Property & Casualty, Public Entity, Workers' Compensation

Statute of Limitations Changes Cast a Shadow on Public Entities

03/19/20

​Public entities are facing a climate of change as the market continues to harden and insureds are faced with double-digit rate increases in property and liability. Contributing to this disruption are statute of limitation changes for sexual abuse victims, which have extended or removed the time limit for which a victim can file a claim. This article examines the impact of increased claim activity and discusses considerations that need to be made to better manage costs during this time of uncertainty.​

Casualty, Professional Lines, Property, Property & Casualty

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.

Casualty, Construction, Property & Casualty

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.

Casualty, Emerging Risks, Professional Lines, Property, Property & Casualty

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.

Casualty, Marine and Logistics, Property & Casualty, Transportation

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.

Casualty, Marine and Logistics, Property & Casualty, Workers' Compensation

5 Questions About Longshore Claims You’re Afraid to Ask

08/22/19

The complicated nature of claims filed under the United States Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act can create confusion and frustration among employers. In this article, the Director of Claims at The American Equity Underwriters, an operating company within AmWINS Underwriting, addresses some of the more sensitive questions related to fighting or denying claims.

Casualty, Construction, Professional Lines, Property, Property & Casualty

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.

Casualty, Construction, Product Recall, Property & Casualty, Public Entity, Transportation

State of the Casualty Market - Q1 2020

02/20/20

There are few exceptions to the hardening market faced by casualty buyers, and conditions are expected to last through the first half of 2020 and potentially beyond. In this quarter’s article we examine many facets of the current casualty market and the potential impact on your business.

Casualty, Property & Casualty, Real Estate

The Value of a Self-Insured Retention for Habitational Insureds

06/18/19

​As the market for habitational casualty insurance continues to harden, both primary and excess carriers are being more selective, raising prices and attachment points, and are increasingly unwilling to consider risks with claim-frequency issues. Given these conditions, insureds can potentially reduce their claims expenses by moving from a deductible to a self-insured retention (SIR) program. This article explains how an SIR works, the types of insureds that can benefit from taking control of their claims management, and the benefit of partnering with a TPA to handle the administrative component.

Casualty, Professional Lines, Property, Property & Casualty

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.

Casualty, Emerging Risks, Hospitality & Entertainment, Property & Casualty, Real Estate, Transportation

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.

Casualty, Marine and Logistics, Property, Property & Casualty, Transportation

The Importance of Shipper’s Interest Coverage Under a Freight Forwarder’s Policy

06/18/19

As the U.S. economy continues to move forward, one of the fastest-growing industries is Logistics and Freight Forwarding. With more and more Freight Forwarding startups entering the space, it is becoming a highly competitive environment. Added services, such as Shipper’s Interest policies, can be a key differentiator and competitive advantage for a forwarder. This article provides insight into the benefits of offering a Shipper’s Interest policy and how it differs from a Cargo policy and other essential coverages.

Casualty, Manufacturing, Product Recall, Property & Casualty

Understanding the FDA’s Mandated Recall Authority and Insurance Implications

In November 2018, the FDA released new guidance on how and why it will utilize its statutory power to mandate recalls under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). To adapt to the new requirements, companies face a financial burden related to improving technology and allocating appropriate labor. This article provides insight into the FSMA and the importance of an insurance policy that responds to government intervention and mandated recalls.

Casualty, Property, Property & Casualty

The 2019 Market: Changes are Coming

As we head deeper into the first quarter of 2019, one thing is clear: changes are coming to the insurance marketplace that buyers and brokers alike will experience as the year progresses. Carriers are feeling pain, not just in commercial auto and problematic property sectors, but across many other areas of property and casualty as well. This is leading to a reaction that we’ve already begun to see and that was recently highlighted at the 2019 Wholesale & Specialty Insurance Association (WSIA) Underwriting Summit.

Casualty, Property, Property & Casualty, Small Business

Perils and Pitfalls of Insuring Short-Term Vacation Rentals

​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.

Casualty, Construction, Property & Casualty

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.

Casualty, Property, Property & Casualty

Program Business Update - Q3 2018

Speed, efficiency, and customer service are essential to earning program business, especially in the current competitive environment. Learn more about changes in the underwriting program space in the Q3 State of the Market report.

Casualty, Property, Property & Casualty, Small Business

Small Accounts and Personal Lines Update - Q3 2019

07/30/19

The small account sector has not been immune from the hardening conditions seen elsewhere in the excess and surplus marketplace. Significant changes from a year ago include the tightening of underwriting rules, increasing rates, and reductions in available capacity. Read more about the commercial and personal lines issues currently shaping the space.