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Property & Casualty, Casualty, Construction

CGL Exclusions Common To Construction-Related Claims

04/20/17

The Commercial General Liability policy (CGL) is an essential factor in the equation that consists of building planning, financing, construction, operation, and protection from risk. Standard ISO form CGL policies contain an insuring clause subject to long-standing exclusions, which have been the subject of interpretation and case law over the years. This article focuses on the operation of the form’s exclusions j, k, and l.

Property & Casualty, Casualty, Construction

5 Risk Transfer Options for Owners and Developers

03/21/17

Owners and developers involved in construction projects must deal with the inherent risks involved with such projects. Their options are typically limited to avoiding, assuming, controlling/mitigating, or transferring the risk. This article addresses the most common risk transfer options.

Property & Casualty, Casualty

Arbitration Law As We Move Into 2017

01/26/17

Arbitration is becoming a frequently preferred method for dispute resolution, especially in commercial matters and those involving consumer contracts. While there are many positives to arbitration, there are also drawbacks. This article discusses the basis and background of arbitration and current trending and emerging subjects.

Property & Casualty, Casualty, Transportation

8 Areas in which the Electronic Logging Mandate will Impact Trucking

01/26/17

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration mandate which requires nearly all U.S. truck operators to use electronic logging devices (ELDs) to track duty status has been upheld in court and will take effect December 16, 2017. The mandate will impact not just the trucking industry, but the trucking insurance sector as well.

Property & Casualty, Casualty, Healthcare (P&C)

3 Factors Threatening the Nursing Home Liability Market

12/13/16

With ample capacity in nursing home and long-term care liability insurance, competition remains strong among carriers. However, the convergence of three separate events are threatening to create a perfect storm in the marketplace.

Property & Casualty, Casualty, Workers' Compensation

How to Combat Rising Rates and Retentions in Excess Workers' Compensation Insurance

11/08/16

For 10 years, rates and retentions for self-insureds have been steadily (sometimes drastically) increasing. The good news is there's a way to fight the increases, though it has little to do with insuranc​e.

Property & Casualty, Casualty

Overcoming the Challenges of Placing Multi-Family Real Estate Insurance

09/20/16

Multi-family real estate insurance has become a difficult class to place - many markets have either exited the space or tightened their guidelines. Here are three ways that you can help present risks in the best possible light for underwriters.

Property & Casualty, Casualty, Workers' Compensation

Protection & Indemnity Insurance – Overview and Coverage Concerns

09/20/16

P&I insurance, which is liability coverage for vessel owners, is subject to many exclusions and special conditions. Often, we see instances where the P&I insurer declines defense and indemnity in cases involving injuries to crew members. Here's a closer look at why.

Property & Casualty, Casualty, Construction

Don't Fall Into The Hole: Potential Insurance Exposures for Construction Owners

During and after a construction project, commercial general liability and project-specific policies may not fully protect building owners against any and all risks faced. This article addresses two unique areas which should be carefully considered to ensure proper coverage.

Property & Casualty, Casualty, Product Recall

Case Study: Ingredient Manufacturers and Their Product Recall Insurance Risk

Ingredient manufacturers sell their product to other manufacturers who use it to make other products, some of which are ingredients themselves. This positions ingredient manufacturers uniquely in the event of a recall, since they may need to indemnify large financial losses sustained by multiple third parties.​ 

Property & Casualty, Casualty, Construction

Construction Defect Claims: Statute of Limitation and Statute of Repose

Responding in large part to the increase in construction defect litigation, the state legislatures have enacted provisions to provide certainty and to limit the time in which a party may bring suit for a defect claim. In this article, we discuss the importance of understanding the applicable statutes of limitation and statute of repose for a given jurisdiction, as well as the interplay of those statutes with other provisions.

Property & Casualty, Casualty, Workers' Compensation

Workers' Compensation Insurance on the High Seas

When a U.S. maritime worker leaves the U.S. on temporary overseas assignments, are they still covered by the Longshore Act (USL&H)? Or are they covered by state workers’ compensation laws? The short answer is: it depends.

Property & Casualty, Casualty, Environmental

Green Construction: Risks and Special Insurance Considerations - Part One

In the first article of our two-part series, we provide a background and introduction to sustainable construction, including essential vocabulary that parties should consider before undertaking a "green" construction project.

Property & Casualty, Casualty, Environmental

Insurance Implications of Legionnaires Disease

Many business owners and operators incorrectly assume that their general liability policy will cover them from pollutants and bacteria, such as legionella. In reality, to properly cover such exposures, an Environmental Impairment Liability policy should be purchased and considered a cost of doing business.

Property & Casualty, Casualty, Construction

Right to Repair Statutes: the Fix to Construction Defect Litigation

An evolving and dynamic area of law, “right to repair” statutes require homeowners to notify builders of claimed defects and to provide them with an opportunity to repair the defects before taking legal action.

Property & Casualty, Casualty, Construction

Protection for Project Owners and Developers: Which Insurance Policies Work Best?

During a construction project, much of the risk is with the contractor. However, the owner of the project also has the potential for liability. Give your clients more adequate protection during construction with an Owner’s Interest policy that includes extended completed operations insurance.

Property & Casualty, Casualty, Transportation

3 Problems Motor Carriers Face with the SMS Model

Motor carriers must continually battle the Safety Measurement System (SMS) and the public misperception its data creates, which often leads to higher premiums and difficulty obtaining coverage. Is there a clear solution to the problem?

Property & Casualty, Casualty, Hospitality & Entertainment

Four Factors that Determine Pricing For Liquor Liability Insurance Coverage

Liquor liability is a complex coverage that is becoming increasingly difficult to procure, but with a proper understanding of the type of risk, venue and location, you can more effectively position your clients for success with underwriters.

Property & Casualty, Casualty, Construction

Contractor Insurance Requirements – A Primer

When it comes to writing insurance requirements for contractors, there is a delicate balance to strike: protect insured interests while being reasonable and clear to contractors. This article discusses the importance of diligence in overseeing and enforcing such contractor insurance requirements.

Property & Casualty, Casualty, Construction

Construction Defect Claims: An Update

Litigation over whether a Commercial General Liability (CGL) insurance policy provides coverage for faulty workmanship claims is rapidly evolving. This article discusses situations where faulty work is considered an occurrence, when "property damage" becomes a factor, and how the "your work" exclusion and the subcontractor exception applies.

Property & Casualty, Casualty, Construction

Additional Insured Endorsements - After the Work is Done

An endorsement like a CG 20 37 or similar can help provide options for completed operations coverage for additional insureds that might otherwise be overlooked or unavailable.

Property & Casualty, Casualty, Environmental

Placing Insurance Coverage for the EIFS Contractor

Obtaining coverage for Exterior Insulation Finish Systems, or EIFS, use can be a challenge. That's why understanding the intricacies of these commonly used building applications are so critical.

Property & Casualty, Casualty, Environmental

Environmental Insurance Claims, Part 2: Leading Questions to Determine Client Exposure

In part one of our article series, AmWINS and Rockhill Environmental teamed up to show some examples that can lead to a loss. Now, in Part II, we outline some leading questions to help clients determine environmental exposure.

Property, Casualty

Aviation Insurance Exposures – Consider the Potential

From a simple slip and fall claim to a complex bodily injury or damage to aircraft claim, airports of all sizes are subject to substantial liability. Aircraft and airport operations seem to be very routine in nature, but when the unexpected loss occurs, proper coverage becomes very important.

Casualty

The Contractual Liability Exclusion

The extent to which the contractual liability exclusion applies can vary, depending on geography, the applied agreements and even the level of liability that can be imposed under general law. While each case may be unique in its own right, it’s important to examine the variables that can factor into claims to see in which capacity contractual liability exclusions could apply.

Casualty

Garage Liability Insurance Packages May Reveal Coverage Gaps and Lacking Limits

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.

Casualty

Insurance Claims at Lloyd's – How Does it Work?

Lloyd’s of London has long been recognized as a well-established brand that, through the breadth and depth of coverages offered, is easily identifiable outside insurance industry standards. But how does the claims process work at the world’s most recognizable market, and how is an organization so steeped in tradition managing its claims processes to keep pace with today’s technology?

Property & Casualty, Casualty

Late Insurance Claims Reporting - A Crucial Component in Avoiding a Denial

Nobody likes to see a claim get denied for any reason, especially if it's because of something avoidable like missing the reporting deadline. In this client advisory, we'll discuss tips on reporting a claim to avoid an unnecessary denial.

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