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

Recent Insights

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, Property & Casualty, Public Entity, Real Estate, Transportation

State of the Casualty Market - Q3 2019

07/30/19

The hardening conditions experienced in casualty in the second quarter continue to deepen as we move into the third, in both primary and excess lines. However, despite overall market hardening and segment-level challenges, carriers still need to write business. Wholesalers and retailers that specialize and collaborate are best positioned to succeed in this challenging marketplace.

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, 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

03/19/19

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

03/06/19

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

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.

Casualty, Professional Lines, Property, Property & Casualty

State of the London Market

12/11/18

Over the past few years, the majority of open market underwriters have experienced a deterioration in their loss ratios after years of market growth in a declining rating environment. While the management team at Lloyd's has taken a very strong and public stance on moving quickly to seek a solution, the outlook is not nearly as gloomy as has been portrayed in the media. This article provides a glimpse into Lloyd's sustainability strategy and the London market outlook for 2019.

Casualty, Construction, Property & Casualty

Four Key Additional Insured Endorsements for Contractors

11/13/18

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

10/23/18

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.

Casualty, Professional Lines, Property, Property & Casualty

Claims Reporting: Better Late than Never?

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.

Casualty, Property, Property & Casualty, Public Entity

State of the Public Entity Market

The Public Entity market is seeing unique trends for both Property and Casualty. In Property, the mid-market has seen firming while larger placements have seen carriers, both domestic and in London, attempt to hold the line on pricing. In Casualty, there are underwriting concerns around several key issues including attachment point sensitivity, capacity management, and difficult public exposures such as water utilities and law enforcement.

Casualty, Property & Casualty, Real Estate

State of the Casualty Real Estate Market

The state of the casualty market for real estate and habitational risks differs by the type of exposure. While desirable risks are seeing rate reductions, crime-related losses have caused many carriers to tighten acceptability guidelines, and shrinking profit margins have caused carriers in the habitational market to exit the space. Learn more in our State of the Real Estate Market report.

Casualty, Property & Casualty, Transportation

Why Your Employees' Driving Record Can Be a Reflection on Your Company

Due to the Doctrine of Negligent Entrustment, the consequences of allowing an employee with a poor driving record to operate any motor vehicle for work purposes extend beyond a possible traffic violation or accident. These seven tips will help you to proactively manage your drivers and maintain your CDL files as part of your fleet safety program.

Casualty, Product Recall, Property & Casualty

Whole Genome Sequencing and the Increase in Food Contamination Recalls

The number of food contamination recalls continues to grow at a record-setting pace. In large part, the exponential increase in food recalls is a result of government regulatory bodies’ growing use of Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) to identify the source of the contaminants. This article discusses the revolutionary impact of WGS on the food production industry.