Sean Puckett published in Insurance Magazine

Sean Puckett, our resident Nonprofit Specialist, was recently interviewed for Best’s Review.  Best’s Review is a leading insurance industry periodical.  He makes some great points about what types of insurance coverages that nonprofits should have.  Check out the article here:  Sean’s Article.

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What our customers think of us!

We recently received a very nice testimonial from one of our long time insureds.  Thank you, Nadine!

 

I’ve been dealing with the Frank Clarke Agency since January of 2000.  All of the staff have been extremely helpful and very professional providing immediate responses to all my needs.  Kudos to the staff and I would recommend them for all your insurance needs.

-Nadine Perry, Things to Move, Inc. (Medina, OH)

Why You Need Renters Insurance

TEN REASONS WHY YOU REALLY NEED RENTERS INSURANCE

 

  1. Your landlords insurance doesn’t cover your stuff.  If there was a fire, the landlords coverage would repair the building itself but will not cover any of your possessions.
  2. If you are put out of your apartment because of a fire or pipe bursting, your policy would pay your “additional living expense” to live somewhere else.
  3. If you are put out of your apartment because of a fire or pipe bursting, your policy would pay your “additional living expense” to live somewhere else.  The burglary rate per 1000 households is 53% higher for renters than for homeowner households.   Likewise, the theft rate is 41% higher for renter households.*
  4. Your personal possessions would be covered worldwide, like when you are on vacation and your suitcase and laptop are stolen from your hotel room.
  5. Your Liability coverage protects you if you’re sued and this coverage follows you everywhere. What if you throw a party and a guest slips and falls on your bathroom floor and sues you?  You would be covered up to your policy limit for the court judgment and legal expenses.  The same is true if your wayward golf ball injures someone else out on the course, or you accidentally trip someone on the dance floor resulting in a broken leg.  Accidents can happen anywhere.  You need to protect your assets and your future earnings against a judgment.      
  6. Renters’ policies also include Medical payments to cover the medical bills of an injured guest in your apartment.
  7. As a tenant, you could be liable for property damages.   If you leave the water running and it seeps down through the floor causing damage to property of the tenant below, you could be liable for the whole soggy mess.
  8. Renters Insurance is CHEAP!  For about the cost of one large pizza a month, $10-$20, you can protect yourself from a huge financial loss.
  9. There are usually discounts available if you purchase a renters policy from the same company that insures your car.  Sometimes the discount given on your auto policy almost pays for your Renters policy.
  10. The cost of replacing all your stuff adds up!  Take a moment and list all the things you couldn’t live without.  What would it cost you to replace your iPod, cell phone, game system, laptop, TV, golf clubs, all the clothes in your closet, your CDs and DVDs?    Can you afford to be without Renters Insurance? 

  *US Bureau of Justice Statistics, 2005 National Crime Victimization Survey

**NEW REFERRAL PROGRAM FOR 2014**

 

 

We have a new referral program for 2014.  For every referral you send us, we’ll send you 3 lottery tickets, enter you into a monthly drawing for a $50 gift card AND enter you into a yearly drawing for a 42″ HDTV!!

STARTING SENDING THOSE REFERRALS TODAY!!
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Be A Common Sense Host

Holidays and special events often include celebrations that bring together families and friends in homes across the country.  Food, fun, talk, and spirits flow generously and, unfortunately, so do injuries and accidents.  Increased drinking leads to increases in personal tragedies and the consequences can be substantial.

Hosts are magnets with regard to party consequences.  Hosts are given the credit for the enjoyment that their guests experience at a party.  On the dark side, party-givers are also asked to bear partial or full responsibility for guests who cause damage or injury on the way home from a gathering.  In other words, they may be sued for contributing to losses caused by alcohol-impaired guests.

Although hosts are often found legally culpable for accidents; the brunt of responsibility has to be faced by the individuals who directly cause a loss.  There would have to be strong evidence to support a host being held financially responsible, since any involvement is indirect.  For example, Jane provides drinks to Barrie, who then plows into the side of Chris’ car and garage.

While a homeowners policy may offer coverage if a host has substantially contributed to a loss, an insurer may be able to deny a claim for a number of reasons, including:

  • A gathering involves the host making an income.
  • The involvement of paid bartenders.
  • The party is thrown as a fundraising event.
  • A host’s knowledge that the guest was impaired and continued to serve liquor.
  • The host failed to make arrangements for impaired guests (designated drivers, taxis, lodging, etc.).
  • Local or state law(s) related to providing alcohol.

Hosts who take their responsibility seriously are those who make sure that parties are thrown responsibly, are done as a social (rather than business) event, and that the chances of sending drunken guests on the road are minimized.  A good host will make sure that food is available, that  a liquor supply under his or her control is cut-off and that impaired friends or relatives are prevented from endangering themselves or others.  No celebration should end up with a lawsuit.

This information is taken from Insurance Publishing Plus, Inc. c. 2013

What is Business Interruption Insurance?

Business Interruption Insurance

Business interruption insurance can be as vital to your survival as a business as fire insurance. Most people would never consider opening a business without buying insurance to cover damage due to fire and windstorms. But too many small business owners fail to think about how they would manage if a fire or other disaster damaged their business premises so that they were temporarily unusable. Business interruption coverage is not sold separately. It is added to a property insurance policy or included in a package policy.

A business that has to close down completely while the premises are being repaired may lose out to competitors. A quick resumption of business after a disaster is essential.

Business interruption insurance compensates you for lost income if your company has to vacate the premises due to disaster-related damage that is covered under your property insurance policy, such as a fire. Business interruption insurance covers the revenue you would have earned, based on your financial records, had the disaster not occurred. The policy also covers operating expenses, like electricity, that continue even though business activities have come to a temporary halt.
Make sure the policy limits are sufficient to cover your company for more than a few days. After a major disaster, it can take more time than many people anticipate to get the business back on track. There is generally a 48-hour waiting period before business interruption coverage kicks in.

The price of the policy is related to the risk of a fire or other disaster damaging your premises. All other things being equal, the price would probably be higher for a restaurant than a real estate agency, for example, because of the greater risk of fire. Also, a real estate agency can more easily operate out of another location.

Extra Expense Insurance

Extra expense insurance reimburses your company for a reasonable sum of money that it spends, over and above normal operating expenses, to avoid having to shut down during the restoration period. Usually, extra expenses will be paid if they help to decrease business interruption costs. In some instances, extra expense insurance alone may provide sufficient coverage, without
the purchase of business interruption insurance.
Source: Insurance Information Institute

Independence Day

Happy Independence Day!!!

We hope you have a fun-filled, safe holiday weekend!

Our office will be closed Thursday & Friday.

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How Often Do Dogs Bite?

 

Here is an infographic that tells the story of how often – and who – dogs bite.  Click on it to enlarge it.  Pretty interesting, huh?dog-infographic2

STRONG STORMS EXPECTED TONIGHT

We know that severe storms are forecast throughout Ohio tonight and some experts say another derecho is possible! Let’s hope the storms and damage are light but we want you to know we are prepared for claims. We’ll have our emergency lines open all night, and we have an emergency generator on stand-by in case of power loss in the office.
Below are some of our trusted restoration specialists in the event you need immediate assistance:

http://www.danecontractors.com/

http://www.farrowgroup.com/

http://www.hansenrestoration.com/

http://integratedrestoration.us/

http://mendcorestoration.com/

http://www.pauldaviscompanies.com/

http://www.platinumrestoration.net/

Do you need Mechanical Breakdown Coverage for your business?

Mechanical Breakdown Coverage

 Mechanical breakdown coverage has become more popular in recent years. Twenty years ago only the most die-hard businesses carried this coverage. In the last 10 years, it has become much more common for businesses to carry this valuable coverage. It has even become fairly common to find this coverage added to small business policies. However, it is rarely automatic.

Due to the technical nature of many of the mechanical breakdown losses, it often requires specialists in various types of equipment, whether mechanical or electrical, to settle mechanical breakdown claims. As your insurance advisor, we can explain what is and is not covered by your policy, but we cannot make an accurate assessment of a damaged circuit board in your processing equipment. This takes a specialist.

The mechanical breakdown coverage not only provides coverage for damage caused by an “accident,” but also provides “service interruption coverage.” Let’s start by defining an accident. For a loss to be covered, it must be sudden and accidental and not expected by the policyholder.

In a mechanical breakdown claim, the company representative will first determine if the claim was accidental. A good example of this would be a power outage. Some power outages that cause damage are covered, but again, the requirement that the loss be accidental must exist. The policy will even consider whether the damage first occurred with your utility provider, and what caused their problem. Was the cause of the outage at the power station due to a covered accident defined in your policy? If a cause of loss at your power facility was not within the scope of your policy’s coverage, then the claim was caused by your supplier’s professional actions and there would be no coverage. We would then look for a coverage trigger occurring on your premises, such as a power surge or arching in your on-premises electrical service or equipment.

 An optional coverage that you can select is service interruption coverage. This coverage extension will pay for lost income and extra expenses when operations are curtailed following a covered loss.

Call our office to discuss this coverage in more detail.