Umbrella PolicyMany of us work hard and save up to buy a home, car, save for retirement, etc. Things that are symbolic for success and hard work, and also provide security for you and your family’s future. But what if all of that could be taken away from you? All of that hard work, years and years of saving and planning gone in an instant. All because you were the cause of a major accident, or someone injured themselves at a party you were throwing at your house. Accidents can happen anywhere, anytime, and are never expected. So don’t go through life worrying about when or where an accident is going to happen trying to keep it from happening, you will lose your mind. Just make sure you have a good umbrella policy to give you coverage in those events. And no, I’m not talking about that umbrella.


Sometimes you need more coverage 

There are times when your business or company will need coverage. Whether you are working with a company that requires you to have more coverage than your general liability policy. Rather than increasing your general liability, many times you can get an umbrella policy to cover the rest. For example. Say your general liability gives you coverage for $1 million, and you are doing work for a company who will only work with you if you have $2 million in coverage. It may make sense to take out an umbrella policy to cover that extra $1 million.

Excess Liability 

Many times, an umbrella policy can be referred to as excess liability. The excess coverage kicks in when the underlying limits on your general liability policy have been exhausted, or your have been sued for something that it doesn’t cover. It can cover you for many things that your business has nothing to do with such as eviction, defamation, false imprisonment, personal injury, invasion of privacy, malicious prosecution, and wrongful entry. Protection against slander and defamation could be a crucial feature to protecting yourself, as word of mouth and negative publicity can ruin a business. 

Lawsuits happen more than you may think

It’s not uncommon for someone to be involved in an accident and immediately look to sue. All it can take is for someone to slip and fall while walking on your property. If that should ever happen, it could destroy your business and financial security. Did I mention that lawsuits are costly? 

You have A LOT to protect

Many people don’t realize all the things they can lose in a lawsuit. Just because you don’t have $1 million in your bank account doesn’t mean you don’t need that kind of coverage. There is more at stake than which you know such as your retirement funds, investments, future earnings, and even the equity in home. If that doesn’t make you reassess whether you need an umbrella policy, I don’t know what will. 

If you own a business, and are looking for protection and would like more information about umbrella policies, MHG Insurance Brokers would be happy to assist you. Also, if you are looking to purchase other various forms of business insurance such as General Liability or Professional Liability, our insurance specialists have the experience to assist your business and offer advice in finding the perfect plan to fit all of its needs. Contact MHG Insurance Brokers today at +1 954-828-1819 or +44 (0) 1624 678668 or visit us online at mhginsurance.com.

Why Business Owners Need an Umbrella Policy

Business Insurance Policies As a business owner working in today’s litigious society, there are many different types of coverage that your company may need in place not only to protect your business but to protect your personal assets as well. Which type of insurance and the correct policy amount differs depending on your type of business.  It’s important to mention that your insurance needs will also change over time, as your business continues to grow. 

 

MHG can help you determine which insurance will most benefit your needs; here are the five most common commercial insurance policies that are essential to almost every business: 

General Liability Insurance – General Liability insurance is the most basic form of business insurance available and protects you, the business owner, should someone suffer an injury and you are named liable. General Liability policies also provide coverage for property damage, advertising injury and personal injury, including slander. Should you be served with a lawsuit, this type of insurance could also pay defense costs and settlements even if the claims made against you are fraudulent. You should consider obtaining this coverage if you or your employees:

  • Visit a client’s place of work or if a client visits yours
  • Have access to a client’s equipment
  • Write or speak about a client’s business
  • Use third party locations for any business related activities
Commercial Property Insurance – Disaster can strike at any time. Commercial Property insurance can protect your businesses' assets and inventory against physical damage and loss of use due to theft, an accident or other means. If you are leasing office space or retail location, you may only need to purchase "contents" coverage to protect your fixtures, furniture, inventory, office equipment and supplies; however, if you've made 'improvements and betterments' to the space you're leasing, you may want to include those expenses in your insurance policy as well. No matter what size your business is you may qualify for a Business Owners Policy or a "BOP" which allows business owners to secure Commercial General Liability, Property Insurance and often, includes loss of income and extra expenses that you may suffer following a loss. 

Commercial Auto Insurance - Car accidents happen every day and as a business owner, you need to make sure you have the proper insurance coverage in place to protect you, your employees, your assets and get you back on the road as quickly as possible. As a rule of thumb, if the vehicle is used primarily for business purposes or is titled in the company's name, you should have a Commercial Auto policy regardless if you lease or own the vehicle. Commercial Auto policies may pay for damages or medical expenses sustained by you, an authorized driver on your policy, or a third party. Depending on the type of coverage you select, your company vehicle may also be insured against damage caused by a flood, fire, or theft. 

Employment Practices Liability Insurance (EPLI) – We unfortunately live in a very litigious society and it’s important for business owners to have the right coverage in place to protect themselves against frivolous and legitimate lawsuits made by current, former and potential employees. An EPLI policy protects the business, its directors and officers and employees against allegations of sexual harassment, discrimination, emotional distress and wrongful termination among others.

Workers Compensation Insurance - As a business owner, you do your best to provide your employees with a safe working environment; however, accidents happen and it is important to have the proper protection in place. Workers’ Comp policies are mandatory for all businesses employing four or more people although contractors are required to carry a Workers’ Comp policy if they have at least one employee. Workers’ Comp covers medical expenses and some portion of an employee’s wages if they were injured on the job. Accidental injuries, occupational diseases, and even death arising from the employee’s employment are covered under this policy. In the marine industry, The Longshore Harbor Worker’s Compensation Act (USL&H) provides similar Workers’ Comp benefits for employees working on navigable waters, on a dock, during a dry dock or other areas commonly used by vessels. Workers' Comp policies can be endorsed to offer coverage for the employee while working on land as well as for USL&H exposures.

The Insurance Specialists at MHG understand that every business is unique. We have the experience and resources to help you find and purchase the right insurance to meet the needs of your business. Let us help you protect your business, good name and reputation. 

Call and speak with one of our Insurance Specialists to discuss options to cover your company's risk appropriately at 954-828-1819 or visit MHG Insurance Brokers online at  https://mhginsurance.com/ to learn more. 

Common Business Insurance Policies

Marine General LiabilityFirst, let's define Commercial General Liability and Marine General Liability. 


Commercial General Liability Commercial General Liability policies protect business owners against claims of liability for bodily injury, property damage, and personal and advertising injury (slander and false advertising). 


Marine General Liability Marine General Liability policies are the same as General Liability policies except they are designed specifically for those who work at sea. These policies include coverage for Marine Contractors and others who work on or near water. 

Commercial General Liability does NOT cover Marine  Liability 

As you may have read in one of our previous blog posts, Marine General Liability vs. General Liability, we explained that General Liability excludes marine work. A General Liability policy doesn’t include watercraft or water sport coverage; including the ownership, maintenance, and use of watercraft owned by you, the insured. The client or shipyard/vessel may never know about these exclusions by just looking at a certificate. It’s in the policy wording- which brings up the fact that an experienced insurance broker could help you when it comes to the specifics of policy exclusions and/or benefits. 

Many Marine Contractors don’t offer their employees full coverage on liability insurance, partly because many of them do not know that Commercial General Liability doesn’t cover anything that happens on or near the water. Since their workers are not covered, this can create a substantial problem. If something were to happen to one of their workers, the contractor could be liable and not have any coverage to protect them from a lawsuit. 

Why didn’t I Know about This? 

Marine Contractors purchasing the policies want to save as much money as possible, so they often choose the cheapest policy; however, they are taking a huge risk working without the proper coverage. Without proper coverage the policy may not be worthwhile at all, so what you may be saving could end up costing your livelihood! Also, since shipyards, vessels, and ports don’t look into the coverages provided by workers on a certificate, they let them work with improper coverages, not knowing the exclusions that the contractors have in their policies. This is where the problem arises, since the shipyard is also liable and won’t be covered in the event of a loss or accident. 

Why aren’t Marine Contractors Covered?

General Liability policies generally have a cheaper cost than Marine General Liability policies because they have so many exclusions. Your underwriter (who will develop the policies you need and assesses what premium you should have to pay), should take into account your risks - more risks, such as working around water, means more coverage needed - which determines whether your premium is high or low. So having more coverage is what makes a Marine General Liability policy more expensive than just a General Liability policy. At the end of the day, you get what you pay for. 

If you have any more questions, would like further explanation, or want to change your General Liability policy to a Marine General Liability policy, please contact us here at MHG Insurance Brokers by calling 954-828-1819 or visiting mhginsurance.com. We would be happy to assist you with all of your insurance needs.  


Why do I need Marine General Liability? I have Commercial General Liability. Isn't that enough?

Hard to Place Workers Compensation Insurance SolutionsAs a business owner, you are required to provide workers’ compensation insurance coverage for your employees if your company has more than four employees. In most cases, obtaining the required coverage is not difficult; you simply consult with a qualified workers’ compensation insurance specialist to determine the amount of coverage you need; compare policies, coverage terms, and prices; then purchase the coverage that best fits your situation. If your business has been classified as a high hazard class of business or has a high experience modification, however, finding reasonably priced workers' comp insurance becomes much more challenging. At MHG Insurance Brokers, we provide a full range of coverage for businesses that are not eligible for standard workers’ comp insurance plans. 

 

MHG fits the policy to you 

When you deal with a company that only represents a single insurance company, the agents try to make you fit into their Workers Compensation product, instead of finding a policy that provides the exact and complete coverage you need. As a result of working with these “captive agents,” you could be left with coverage gaps that leave you in a dangerously vulnerable position. MHG Insurance Brokers has the freedom to search the market until we find the best workers’ comp insurance product to fit your specific needs. 

MHG works with the best workers’ compensation insurance carriers 

Unlike some brokers that have deals with low rated carriers that provide inferior insurance products, MHG searches out reputable, reliable carriers that have sterling reputations including both A-rated and non-rated carriers. Our experienced brokers comb the market to find carriers with hard to place workers compensation insurance solutions that provide a broad range of benefits, without exposing clients to financial risks caused by coverage gaps. These carriers are experienced in dealing with businesses that have high experience modifications, a high hazard classification, or other factors that make them difficult to place. 

MHG’s customized approach to workers’ comp insurance can lower your rates

One of the greatest benefits you gain with MHG Insurance Brokers is that our top rated workers' compensation insurance carriers do not typically class underwrite for our hard to place businesses. Instead, they are willing to assess your individual situation and consider your particular circumstances, such as specific risk characteristics, loss experience, and employee experience when figuring pricing and options. This can yield a number of valuable benefits, including freezes, dividends, and incentives, that will play a large role in keeping your premiums to a reasonable level. 

At MHG Insurance Brokers, we are dedicated to finding creative solutions to fill the workers’ compensation insurance needs of hard to place businesses. We will carefully assess your company’s situation to find specific factors that will help you get the most favorable policies and terms; we may even be able to recommend an approach to risk management that will fix areas of concern and make your company more appealing to underwriters. Whether you have a high experience modification or are a high hazard class of business, you can count on the experienced workers comp insurance brokers at MHG to find a workers’ compensation insurance program that will meet your real business needs at a competitive price. Turn to the Insurance Specialists at MHG for all your business insurance needs. We have the experience and resources to assemble a complete insurance plan including Commercial Property Insurance, Workers’ Compensation, Business and General Liability Insurance, and more. 

Call MHG Insurance Brokers today at 954-828-1819 or visit us online at mhginsurance.com and let our Insurance Specialists find a complete, reasonably priced workers’ compensation insurance plan for your hard to place business!

Hard to Place Workers Compensation Insurance Solutions

Why Business Owners Should Consider an Employment Practices Liability Insurance PolicyIn today’s increasingly litigious society, business owners operate under the constant threat of lawsuits from employees, on a variety of issues. The proliferation of federal, state, and local employment laws has created a plethora of exposures that can leave your business vulnerable to costly litigation. Businesses of all sizes are at risk: whether you are the head of a large corporation or the owner of a small neighborhood company, once you hire your first employee, you expose your company to the possibility of a lawsuit. 

 

An Employment Practices Liability Insurance Policy provides necessary protection for your business. 

Employment Practices Liability Insurance (EPLI) protects your business, its directors, officers, and employees, providing coverage for the legal costs and damages associated with claims by current, former, and potential employees for a number of employment-related allegations, including:

  • Wrongful dismissal
  • Sexual harassment
  • Hostile work environment
  • Invasion of privacy
  • Denial of promotion
  • Failure to make partner
  • Age, race, gender, or sexual orientation discrimination
  • Failure to accommodate the needs of the disabled
The number of employment related lawsuits filed each year is rising. 

Cases against employers are on the rise. According to the best industry estimate, 3 out of 5 businesses will be sued by an employee. Companies are now vulnerable from the first contact with a potential employee, from the pre-hiring process through the exit interview, even if the potential employee was never hired or was only with the company for a few days. 

A single employee can sink your entire company. 

No matter how vigilant you are, you cannot monitor every hire, termination, and conversation that takes place in your offices. Any misbehavior by your employees - a careless remark, inappropriate joke, or slightly mishandled termination – can be the basis of a lawsuit with the potential to bankrupt your business. There are steps you can take to minimize exposure, such as requiring attendance at workplace relations training sessions, implementing a zero-tolerance policy for sexual harassment, and establishing formal procedures for hiring, firing, and disciplining employees, but there is no way to ensure your company’s safety. 

Defending against discrimination lawsuits, even groundless ones, is expensive.

Legal costs accrue at an incredibly fast rate during business litigation. The average cost to have a meritless lawsuit dismissed is between $10,000 and $15,000. If a slight concern about your company’s possible culpability causes you to agree to a quick settlement, expect expenses of $10,000 to $50,000. Costs rise sharply if there is any merit to the case against your company, with the costs of settlement and defense soaring to $150,000, $200,000, or more. Should your company be served with this type of lawsuit, your EPLI coverage reacts with legal defenses that may be included within or outside of the policy limits and would react to settlements and judgments awarded to the accuser. 

Now that you have a better understanding of the many reasons why business owners should consider an Employment Practices Liability Insurance Policy, you can rely on MHG Insurance Brokers to ensure that you and your business are fully protected. The Insurance Specialists at MHG understand that every business is unique. We have the experience and resources to assemble a complete insurance plan that includes all the business insurance policies your company should have, including Commercial Property Insurance, Workers’ Compensation, Business and General Liability Insurance, and more. 

Call MHG Insurance Brokers today at 954-828-1819 or visit us online at mhginsurance.com and let our Insurance Specialists show you how to protect your business from the expense of costly lawsuits and other risks.   

Why Business Owners Should Consider an Employment Practices Liability Insurance Policy

Common Misconceptions About Disability Income InsuranceHow would you pay your bills and support your family if you suffered a serious illness or injury and could not work? Disability insurance, also known as income protection insurance or sick pay, safeguards families by providing wage earners with a sizeable portion of their income if they are unable to work because of injury or illness. 

 

Unfortunately, misunderstandings about disability income insurance and the need for the benefits it provides have caused some workers to forego this protection, leaving them and their families in a dangerously vulnerable position. To help ensure that your family has the financial protection they deserve, here are the most common misconceptions about disability income insurance, along with the real facts about this valuable protection. 

My employer’s disability insurance provides all the protection I need. 

The group disability income insurance coverage provided by most employers pays around 60 percent of your salary, up to a specified cap, typically $4,000 to $6,000 per month. Any bonuses, commissions, and other forms of compensation you receive are not included, even if they represent a significant portion of your salary. An individual disability income insurance policy can cover up to 70 to 80 percent of your income, depending on the policy you choose, and your benefits are usually not taxed as they are under employer-based plans. Group policies also usually reduce the amount they pay based on any other payments you receive, such as Social Security, a drawback that personal disability income insurance policies do not have. 

Social Security Disability will cover me if I become disabled. 

Despite public perception, only a very small number of people actually receive Social Security disability benefits. The Social Security Administration (SSA) operates under such strict definitions of disability that they only approve approximately 35% of disability applications at the initial application level and only 10% of applicants at the reconsideration level. That leaves the vast majority of disabled workers uncovered by Social Security benefits.

Workers’ Compensation benefits will cover me if I am unable to work. 

Statistics show that only 5% of disabling accidents and injuries are work-related and covered by Workers’ Compensation Insurance. 

My savings will cover my needs.

If you put 10% of your salary into savings every year, a single year of disability could wipe out a decade of savings. Since your income and expenses have grown during that time, you could lose even more, as the interest paid on savings is not commensurate with the rising cost of living. 

Individual disability income insurance is too expensive. 

Actually, individual disability income insurance is far more affordable than most people realize. If you look at your disability income insurance premium as a percentage of your yearly salary, a typical plan only represents 1% to 3% of your income. To put it into perspective: A 45-year-old worker making $50,000 a year can purchase an individual disability income insurance plan for around $150 a month; if that same worker becomes permanently disabled, he or she stands to lose more than $1,000,000 in future earnings. 

All disability income insurance plans are the same. 

Disability income insurance plans can vary in many ways. Differences in definitions of disability, length of waiting periods, as well as the length and levels of coverage provided can have a significant effect on the financial well being of your family. The insurance specialists at MHG can explain the fine print and compare policy benefits and premiums to ensure you have the best individual disability income insurance coverage for your particular financial situation. MHG Insurance Brokers can assemble a complete insurance package that includes life insurance, health insurance, disability income protection, AFLAC coverage and more to ensure your family has all the protection they need. 

Call MHG Insurance Brokers today at 954-828-1819 or visit us online at mhginsurance.com and let our insurance specialists ensure your family has all the coverage they need. 

Common Misconceptions About Disability Income Insurance

Complete Insurance Solutions for Individuals, Families, and BusinessesMHG Insurance Brokers are known for being Marine Crew Insurance experts, specializing in insurance plans designed to meet the requirements of marine employers, captains, crew, contractors and concessionaires. But did you know MHG also provides insurance solutions for individuals, families, and businesses in the US? At MHG, we have the experience, expertise, and access to multiple insurance carriers to offer sound, independent advice as to which insurance providers and products are best suited to address the needs of individuals, business owners and employers. 

 

Employee Benefits/Individual Insurance Health Insurance / ACA Guidance – As an approved ACA insurance agency, MHG is able to answer your questions and help you find the perfect plan based on your particular requirements and budget. Speak with MHG’s Insurance Specialists about:

  • Employee Benefits - MHG will help you assemble a competitive employee benefits package, with a wide range of coverage options and benefits which can include Health, Dental, Long and Short-term Disability, Life and Gap insurance.

  • Individual Coverage – Finding the right insurance plan for you and your family can feel a little overwhelming. Not only are there so many options to choose from, but insurance has its own language and sorting through the terminology and key features on your own can be time consuming. Additionally, you may also be wondering if you are eligible to purchase insurance through the Affordable Care Act health exchanges.Let our Insurance Specialists help you find the right insurance plan for you and your family including Health, Life, Dental and Vision, Long-term Care, Supplemental Health, Medicare Plans and AFLAC coverage.
Business Insurance Today’s business owners need to know that there are several different types of insurance coverage available to protect their business as well as their personal assets. Call on MHG’s Insurance Specialists to help you with:

  • General Liability – Provides coverage for bodily injury, property damage, advertising injury, and personal injury, including libel and slander; can also pay defense costs and settlements for any claims against you, even if fraudulent.

  • Commercial Property - Protects your businesses' assets and inventory against physical damage and loss of use due to theft, an accident, or other means.

  • Employment Practices Liability – Protects your business, its directors, officers, and employees against allegations of sexual harassment, discrimination, emotional distress and wrongful termination among others.

  • Workers' Compensation – A mandatory type of insurance for businesses with four or more employees (one or more in the Construction industry), Workers’ Comp provides for your employees' medical expenses and some portion of their wages if they are injured on the job.

  • Commercial Auto – Covers any auto primarily used for business, paying for damages or medical expenses sustained by you or a third party involved in an accident; some policies include coverage for damages caused by a flood, fire or theft.

  • Professional Liability – Protects businesses that provide advice to clients, covering from claims made for negligence, failure to perform, and inaccurate advice.

  • Excess/Umbrella/Bumbershoot – For businesses that want complete protection from liability issues, Excess or Umbrella policies provide coverage above the limits of a General Liability policy, Employment Practices Liability Insurance (EPLI), or Hired and Non-Owned Auto policy.

  • Specialty Lines – Insurance coverage for businesses with unusual or difficult risks, such as staffing companies, security guards (armed and unarmed), home health care or businesses with high losses, lapses in coverage or dangerous exposures.
Now that you are aware that MHG provides complete insurance solutions for individuals, families, and businesses as well as marine crew insurance policies, it is time to let the Insurance Specialists at MHG help you find and purchase the right insurance plans to meet your business and personal coverage needs. 

Call MHG Insurance Brokers today at 954-828-1819 or visit us online at mhginsurance.com for help in selecting the right business and personal insurance plans to meet your coverage requirements.

MHG Provides Complete Insurance Solutions for Individuals, Families, and Businesses

Who Needs Long Term Care InsuranceThe phrase Long-Term Care covers a variety of services and support for a person who has become unable to care for him or herself, because of chronic illness, disability, or deteriorating cognitive condition. Not limited to medical care, Long-Term Care also includes assistance with everyday tasks such as bathing, dressing, eating and using the toilet. You probably know someone who has needed long-term care services, whether for themselves, a parent, or an older relative. 

 

Long-Term Care Insurance helps ensure that those who need these services are able to afford them without depleting their financial resources. If you are a relatively healthy person in your 40s or 50s, though, you may be thinking, “Long-Term Care Insurance: Who needs it?”, when you are over 60 life insurance is something you need to thinking about. 

If you have between $50,000 and $1 million in retirement assets, you need the protection of Long-Term Care Insurance. 

As a fiscally responsible individual, you have spent the majority of your adult life preparing for your retirement years, working and saving to ensure you can enjoy them free from financial concerns. You make regular payments into your retirement funds, you have a Disability Income Protection Plan in case an injury or illness prevents you from working, and you have a Life Insurance Plan in place to take care of your loved ones when you are gone. 

Despite all your hard work and planning, if you or your spouse are one of the 7 out of 10 Americans over the age of 65 who will need long-term care, you could lose your financial security to the high cost of long-term care medical bills. If you have between $1 million and $2 million in retirement assets, you count as being self-insured; meaning you have the funds needed to pay for long-term care, without stripping away your financial security. 

Those who have less than $50,000 in retirement assets may qualify to receive Medicaid benefits that will cover some of your long-term care needs. If you are like the majority of Americans, with assets between $50,000 and $1 million, you could be faced with long-term care bills that will drain your resources and destroy your financial security. 

Long-Term Care Insurance covers skilled, intermediate and custodial care in your own home or an adult daycare environment, assisted-living facility, or nursing home. With Long-Term Care Insurance in place to pay for this care, your spouse and children are protected from having to assume the heavy financial burdens that this care would otherwise create. Long-Term Care Insurance can also make the difference between having to move into a care facility or being able to receive care at home surrounded by your loved ones. 

If you are in your 40s or 50s, and not able to self-insure, it’s important to include Long-Term Care Insurance in your overall financial planning not only to ensure you are not turned down but to also lock in to lower premiums. Whether you decide to self-insure, purchase a Long-Term Care Insurance policy, or rely on Medicaid, the Insurance Specialists at MHG will guide you through the various options to ensure you have made the best choice for you, your family, and your financial circumstances. 

Contact MHG Insurance Brokers to learn more about obtaining Long-Term Care Insurance, Life Insurance, and the different types of insurance policies available by calling 954-828-1819, or visiting online at mhginsurance.com. Let us help you begin the preparations to protect you and the ones you love most.

Long-Term Care Insurance: Who Needs It?

New Business Owner Types Of Commercial InsuranceOne of the first tasks you face as a new business owner is making sure your business is protected from loss with the right commercial insurance. A single uncovered incident or lawsuit could spell disaster for your fledgling business, draining your financial resources and causing you to shut your doors forever. 

 

While your particular city and state may have additional coverage requirements, there are certain universal commercial insurance policies that every commercial business should have. These essential commercial insurance policies include: 

General Liability Insurance The most basic form of business insurance available, general liability insurance is a must for every business, as it protects you in case anyone is injured by a product or service you sell. Your landlord may actually require you to carry commercial general liability insurance, as it also provides legal protection in case anyone is injured at your place of business, protecting you from the legal hassles and liability associated with accidents, injuries, and claims of negligence. 

Commercial Property Insurance – Many business owners mistakenly assume that if the building they are in were burgled or burned,their items would be covered under the landlord insurance policy. This is only true if any damage that occurs is due to neglect of the landlord. Inquire about available policy add-ons, which extend your coverage at an additional cost; popular add-ons include Full-replacement Cost Coverage, which pays the actual cost of replacing lost items, rather than a depreciated value and Business Interruption. 

Business Interruption Insurance – This coverage is essential for the long-term survival of your business, as it provides coverage for loss of income due to a covered claim (fire, water damage, etc.). Standard business insurance will pay for property damaged in a covered claim, but does not address the loss of income you face because of that claim. For instance, when you add business interruption coverage, also known as loss of business income insurance, in addition to reimbursement for the property lost in a fire, you are also reimbursed for the income lost during the weeks it takes before you can re-open for business. 

Professional Liability Insurance – If you have a business that offers any sort of professional advice or service to clients, such as accountants, architects, engineers, attorneys, or consulting firms, you should have a Professional Liability Insurance policy in place. Anytime you offer advice to clients, a simple mistake or undesired result can tempt disgruntled clients to sue. Even though there may not be a valid claim, defense costs can quickly escalate, significantly damaging your financial solvency. Professional Liability Insurance covers you from claims made for negligence, failure to perform, and inaccurate advice, as well as perceived financial loss and violation of good faith and fair dealing. 

The insurance experts at MHG Insurance Brokers are available to answer all your business insurance questions, from general inquires such as, “As a new business owner, what types of commercial insurance do I need?” to specific questions about the exact type and amount of coverage you need. When you choose to work with MHG for your commercial insurance coverage, we will analyze the unique needs of your business to secure the best plan for you from our complete line of business insurance solutions. 

Contact MHG Insurance Brokers today at 954-828-1819, to learn more about obtaining commercial insurance that will fully protect your new or existing business or visit us online anytime at mhginsurance.com.

As A New Business Owner, What Types Of Commercial Insurance Do I Need?

General Liability vs. Marine General Liability

 

All companies need protection from certain potential risks associated with operating a business that will provide coverage in an unfortunate event in which they are held accountable.  Broad-spectrum coverage for these risks is called General Liability insurance. General Liability insurance may protect your company and your interests against any of these unfortunate occurrences:   

  • Bodily injury;
  • Property damage;
  • Damage to premises;
  • Personal and Advertising injury – this protects your business against oral or written advertised slander, libel, or disparagement ;
  • Fire damage to the premises caused by the negligence of the insured.
When you carry General Liability insurance, the insurer may cover potential legal costs incurred by you, the insured, in the event of a legal claim or lawsuit. We live in a litigious society, making this type of coverage extremely necessary in the maritime industry. Marine General Liability is designed to protect against accidents or injuries that are associated with or have occurred on or around a waterfront, or in another marine setting. Marine General Liability policies provide coverage for the typical liability risks that businesses incur, which are covered in a standard General Liability policy, and may be written to offer additional, more specific protections that address the more unique needs and potential risks associated with maritime operation, such as:

  • Liability absorbed when renting or leasing a boat or watercraft. Protection includes property damage to the vessel, as well as pier damage;
  • Liability and hazards faced by marina operators, and includes property and structure damage protection;
  • Liability met by terminal operators against loss or damage of cargo;
  • Liability met by operators and owners of piers or wharves, covering damage to property of others while in their custody, including tugs, tows, cargo and equipment.
Marine General Liability coverage can be tailored to include employee benefits liability, international liability, stop-gap liability, and more.  It is essential to seek the advice and information from a trusted, knowledgeable broker, such as MHG Insurance Brokers. The team at MHG Insurance Brokers is well versed in the risks and coverage requirements of those who work in the industry. MHG Insurance Brokers works with you to determine your specific needs and budget, and will create a comprehensive liability package that will meet every one of those needs. 

Your MHG Insurance Brokers representative will also work to get you the best price and assurance that your interests and good name will be fully protected. MHG Insurance Brokers takes the job of helping you reduce your risk and protect your business very seriously.  With over 20 years of experience, you can feel confident and trust the expertise of our highly trained and educated brokers. 

It is our practice to assist you in translating complex terminology, clarify key features of the coverage you are considering, and help you assess and determine what your coverage requirements are. We apply our experience and take advantage of resources that we have built over the years to provide you with the best coverage from the most trusted insurers. 

Going beyond that, we remain your partner in protection, offering our services to help you with questions, information, and claims assistance if and when you need it – at any time. 

Contact MHG Insurance Brokers to learn more about Marine General Liability coverage, by calling 954-828-1819, or visit MHG Insurance Brokers online at: mhginsurance.com.  We look forward to being your partner in liability protection.

What is the Difference Between General Liability and Marine General Liability?