How Can I Extend My 责任保险?
In this litigious society, no one is immune from potential lawsuits. Anyone with significant assets might need protection from the devastating effects of a liability lawsuit.
Elected officials and members of boards may be especially vulnerable. It’s not uncommon for plaintiffs to name everyone involved in an incident who has any perceived authority, 责任, 或支付能力.
Personal liability lawsuits sometimes award the future earnings of the defendant. This makes many self-employed people, and some corporate officers, vulnerable to personal liability suits.
Fortunately, there is a way to help protect yourself. You can supplement both your auto and 房主 policies with excess liability insurance, 或者“保护伞政策”.” For as little as a few hundred dollars per year, umbrella liability policies may provide between $1 million and $5 million of protection from negligence claims, 诽谤, 诽谤, or defamation for you and your household members. 买你的汽车, 房主, and excess liability policies from the same company, you may be able to reduce the total cost by as much as 15%.
Most individual liability policies, 然而, don’t cover occupational risks such as professional malpractice. 在许多情况下, professional organizations such as the American Medical Association and the American Bar Association offer group policies for their members. The state equivalents of these organizations are usually quite aggressive in finding group providers to protect their members. 在某些职业, a local member may take the additional 责任 of helping to administer the group insurance for the state’s participants — overseeing and monitoring the coverage and costs and helping watch for abuses.
Because liability is an area 连接ed with ongoing litigation, it changes often. Professionals should closely follow developments in their own fields in order to avoid expensive mistakes. In many businesses and professions, there are watchdog groups appointed to provide current information. Large groups often evaluate competitive policies annually to assess the performance of their group’s insurance company. Such an organization may change insurance companies on a regular basis, as this is a very competitive area.
When evaluating your personal liability, consider the following:
- Everyone in your household should be covered, including those who don’t live at home.
- Your policy should cover physical injuries, 诽谤, 诽谤, 侵犯隐私, 恶意起诉, 非法驱逐, defamation of character, 和歧视.
- Shop around for the lowest number of exclusions. 例如, many policies will not help you if you are sued as a result of your participation on a board or less formal committee.
- Be aware of wording that limits coverage to exclusive causes of injury.
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