Insurance for Game of Thrones Fans

excalibur-618651_1280Season six of the Game of Thornes is well underway. Recently we saw the re-birth of Jon Snow and we are sure there are many more surprises to come.  We were inspired by an article on propertycasualty360 (five types of insurance that could come in handy in Westeros), but we wanted to create our own list.  One coverage not needed in Westeros is retirement insurance, as no one seems to live that long!

Here is some of the insurance coverage that would be helpful in Westeros:

Damage to personal property – In every episode, we noticed a lot of damage to personal property; tables, doors, yard equipment, and even swords are damaged or lost.

Life insurance – O.k. this is somewhat basic, but everyone needs life insurance.  You may live a long life (although not in Westeros) and life insurance should be part of your long-term financial plan.

Boat Insurance – Tyrion Lannister watched the entire fleet go up in flames.  Having the right coverage for your boat is important.

Dishonesty insurance – It seems many of the characters are prone to lying.  Dishonesty insurance might cover some of these mishaps.

Professional liability Many of the Game of Thrones leaders make bad decisions that affect their entire kingdoms.  If current day CEO’s made these kinds of decisions, there would certainly be litigation.  Even the kingdom’s religious leaders are prone to poor decisions that might be covered under a professional liability policy.

Are You A High Risk Driver?

MF 3045443A “high-risk” driver is generally defined by the insurance companies as someone who has a higher risk of having an auto accident. Auto insurance companies often see high-risk drivers as undesirable, as they may end up costing a great deal in claims.

Why you may be defined as a high risk driver?

You have multiple accidents or tickets during a specific period of time.

You have a DUI.

You have a serious violation.

Any accident that results in a fatality.

Driving without a license.

Driving without insurance.

You drive an exotic car.

For whatever reason, your auto insurance has lapsed.

How to get auto insurance if you are considered high risk

You may need non-standard insurance.

SR-22 insurance for specific situations.

Allow your agent to shop auto insurance for you.

Determine what auto insurance discounts you may be eligible for.

Improve your driving skills.

Consider a lower risk car.

Workers’ Compensation Best Practices

business-894846__180As a business owner, you go to great lengths to provide a safe working environment for your employees. But when dealing with humans, accidents can happen and Workers’ Compensation Insurance can help. Workers Compensation Insurance should be an important part of your risk management program.

What is Workers’ Compensation?

Workers’ compensation insurance is insurance that provides lost income, medical benefits, disability benefits, and rehabilitative services for workers injured on the job or while performing work-related duties.

Why Your Business Needs Workers’ Compensation Insurance

When one of your employees gets hurt on the job or has a work-related illness, only workers’ compensation will cover them. Health insurance benefits will not provide coverage for on the job injuries.

What Is The Best Way To Keep Costs Down?

Provide training for hazardous work, especially for new or inexperienced workers.

Enforce safety rules and practices.

Enforce drug and alcohol rules.

Require safety equipment to be worn at all times.

Keep work areas clean.

Do not wear loose clothing or jewelry around machinery.

Where required, you must wear protective equipment such as goggles, safety glasses, masks, gloves, hair nets, etc. appropriate to the task.

Safety equipment such as restraints, pull backs, and two-hand devices are designed for your protection. Be sure such equipment is adjusted for you.

Do not ever remove machine safety guards.

Develop a system for reporting unsafe practices.

Have monthly safety meetings that review safety issues and related topics.

Create accident investigation procedures that focus on prevention and change.

 

 

Take Control of Your Home Fire Safety

Simple ways to reduce your chances of having a fire

According to the National Fire Safety Prevention Association (NFPA), over 2,700 people die, and 12,000 people are injured each year as a result of home fires. Home fires cause over $6,000.000 each year in damage. The top causes of these accidental fires can be tied to cooking, heating systems, electrical, and smoking.

Homeowner’s insurance and fires

Most homeowner’s insurance will cover damage or losses due to a fire. One exception is if it is determined that you set the fire intentionally.  We hope you never have a fire, or have to deal with the stress that comes afterwards.

Home fire safety prevention tips

Never leave candles unattended. Always place candles in an enclosed holder and place at least one foot away from anything that can burn.

Keep cooking areas clear of combustibles.

Test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors monthly andchange the batteries at least once a year.

Never leave food cooking unattended on the stove.

Keep portable and space heaters at least three feet from anything that may burn.

If you have halogen lights, make sure they are away from flammable drapes and low ceiling areas.

Learn how to use your fire extinguisher.

Get a home insurance check up to make sure you have the best possible combination of coverage, price, and service.

Inspect the attic and crawl spaces for wiring which may have been damaged by pests or insects.

Never use extension cords for air conditioners. An overheated cord is like an out-of-control electric heater.

 

Five Critical Lessons Concerning Commercial Umbrella Insurance

Commercial Umbrella Insurance

Almost every business large or small needs some level of added protection afforded by a commercial umbrella insurance policy. A commercial umbrella policy provides a layer of coverage over and above a primary business and auto policy.  There are at least five important lessons, or facts, to be aware of when considering commercial umbrella insurance.

An umbrella policy can, but may not always, provide the same coverage as the primary policy.   If you have a “following form excess policy” you can be guaranteed that the excess policy will provide the same coverage as the primary policy.

Most umbrella policies require at least $1 million dollars of primary or underlying limit.

Umbrella pricing is usually a predetermined rate based on the underlying premium, but can include the judgment of the underwriter.

If the primary policy has additional insured’s, they will carry over into the umbrella policy.

Umbrella policies may have exclusions not found in the primary policy; for example, pollution, workers’ compensation, and product recall.  If you have a true following form excess policy, your exclusions will be the same as in the primary policy.

Our Commercial Excess Liability, or Umbrella, insurance policy gives your business an added layer of liability protection over and above your commercial policies. For example, if you have $1 million in general liability coverage and a covered claim is settled for $1.5 million, your business’s umbrella liability insurance policy would pick up the additional $500,000 amount.

How To Reduce Workers’ Compensation Costs

workers-659885_1920Workers’ Compensation Defined

Workers’ Compensation is coverage purchased by the employer that provides insurance if employees are injured while on the job. Most states require that employers purchase the insurance on behalf of their employees.

Workers’ compensation costs can make up a large portion of business operating costs. It is beneficial for employers to find methods of reducing both the direct and indirect costs associated with workers’ compensation.

Workers’ Compensation Cost Reduction Methods

Using an independent agent who can help you market your workers’ compensation program is a good way to keep premiums competitive.

Selecting the right carrier. Not all insurance companies are created equal. Does the carrier have experienced loss control and claims professionals? Low rates can mean the insurer does not have quality support; and if the claim goes bad due to lack of supervision, you will end up paying more in the long run.

Does your company have an up to date safety and return to work program? This is critical in the management of the injury and post-accident process. Getting injured workers back to work as soon as medically possible is very important and can reduce indemnity costs.

Provide ongoing staff training. Keeping all employees informed and part of the process will make them feel invested in the long term benefits of your safety program.

The small amount of money you spend on these items will have a positive impact on your overall costs.

 

 

Cyber Liability; Exploring Your Risk

As the outdoor temperature gradually drops, animal activity and deer-vehicle accidents increase. Every year across the country, deer and other animals cause millions of dollars in vehicle damage as well as thousands of injuries and hundreds of fatalities. Whether you are taking your family on a trip through the woods or just traveling on business, the following safety tips are intended to save your life and prevent accidents.

Drivers should review their auto insurance policies since not all policies cover damage caused by deer strikes. Comprehensive coverage is optional insurance but it does cover deer strikes. If you only have collision coverage or liability coverage, your insurance carrier will not cover damage to your vehicle resulting from a collision with an animal.

Actions to Consider

Heed the warning signs.  Posted warnings of deer and animal crossing are there for a reason.

Always drive at a safe speed.

Many animals move around at dusk and early morning.

Observe your surroundings. Actively scan the sides of the roads as you drive for any signs of wildlife.

September through January is a time when deer and elk are particularly active.

Deer and elk are herd animals, so if you see one, there may be more.

Don’t rely on vehicle-mounted whistles or reflectors to keep deer away from your vehicle. Studies show they are not effective.

Notify the local law enforcement agency if you have an accident with an animal.

Contact the local emergency services if anyone is injured.

If you have comprehensive coverage, deer accidents are covered.  However, if you swerve to avoid hitting the deer and hit another vehicle, that would be considered collision coverage, and is many times more expensive for your insurer and you.

We hope you never have to worry about hitting a deer or other animal.  Please slow down and be safe. Taking simple precautions can be the difference between having an accident with a deer, and almost having an accident with a deer.

 

 

What to Do When There Is a Deer in Your Headlights

As the outdoor temperature gradually drops, animal activity and deer-vehicle accidents increase. Every year across the country, deer and other animals cause millions of dollars in vehicle damage as well as thousands of injuries and hundreds of fatalities. Whether you are taking your family on a trip through the woods or just traveling on business, the following safety tips are intended to save your life and prevent accidents.

Drivers should review their auto insurance policies since not all policies cover damage caused by deer strikes. Comprehensive coverage is optional insurance but it does cover deer strikes. If you only have collision coverage or liability coverage, your insurance carrier will not cover damage to your vehicle resulting from a collision with an animal.

Actions to Consider

Heed the warning signs.  Posted warnings of deer and animal crossing are there for a reason.

Always drive at a safe speed.

Many animals move around at dusk and early morning.

Observe your surroundings. Actively scan the sides of the roads as you drive for any signs of wildlife.

September through January is a time when deer and elk are particularly active.

Deer and elk are herd animals, so if you see one, there may be more.

Don’t rely on vehicle-mounted whistles or reflectors to keep deer away from your vehicle. Studies show they are not effective.

Notify the local law enforcement agency if you have an accident with an animal.

Contact the local emergency services if anyone is injured.

If you have comprehensive coverage, deer accidents are covered.  However, if you swerve to avoid hitting the deer and hit another vehicle, that would be considered collision coverage, and is many times more expensive for your insurer and you.

We hope you never have to worry about hitting a deer or other animal.  Please slow down and be safe. Taking simple precautions can be the difference between having an accident with a deer, and almost having an accident with a deer.

 

Workers’ Compensation Risks For Growing Companies

In today’s ever changing business world, every business needs quality employees to help the business meet client demand, grow revenue, and manage risk. Today’s growing businesses need to understand the importance of an effective business insurance program. Workers’ Compensation insurance is a central part of that program.

There are at least five kinds of employees that define today’s workers.

Temporary worker–Businesses are using temporary workers at an increased rate. Employers must comply with updated labor and OSHA regulations. Temporary workers face a much higher injury rate than do regular employees.

Contractors–Some businesses use contractors to try to get around labor laws, workers’ compensation, and unemployment statutes. Both the State and Federal Governments are cracking down on these practices, and have established new definitions and guidelines as to how employees are defined.

Fist job employees–Lack of experience and training can lead to increased injury rates among new employees.

Seasonal employees–Long work hours and little to no training increases risk of injury and loss to employers.

Shift workers–If your business operates three shifts you may not have the same attention to safety during the 2nd or 3rd shift. Make sure all staff receives the same training.

Don’t Burn That Tree Down!

christmas-bauble-1016680_1280According to the US Fire Administration over 400 homes are destroyed annually by causes related to Christmas tree fires. offers competitive rates on homeowner’s insurance that would cover accidental damage due to Christmas tree fires. Here are a few good reminders to help you enjoy the holiday:

Keep your Christmas tree well watered. Refilling the water every day will help it last about two to three weeks.

Check the tree for freshness before buying. A freshly cut tree will have a sticky trunk and the needles will not fall off if touched.

Set your tree away from heat vents and the fireplace. Heated air just dries out a tree, and one shooting spark can cause a disaster.

Inspect the lights. Check for exposed or worn wires, as well as broken sockets.

Turn off the lights at night; use a timer if needed.

Do not burn the tree in your fireplace.

Do not overload the electrical circuits.

Take your tree down the first of January.