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Insurance policies have limits that help to control your premium costs. In addition, these limits help insurers ensure that they are able to fulfill their financial responsibility and meet the claims needs of their policyholders. But limits leave you with some exposure to financial loss, because any claims that exceed the amount of a policy’s limit must be either paid for out of your pocket or be unrecovered. An umbrella policy can fill the gap that exists between your limits and your potential claims.
Umbrella policies extend the coverage limits of many types of liability insurance and can provide $1 million or more in additional coverage to each of those policies you have.
For example, when an auto insurance policy has a $250,000 limit and you injure another person in an accident, the medical expenses and lawsuit could cost much more than that. Having the added protection of an umbrella policy gives you another $1 million or more to put toward those costs. This keeps your savings intact while satisfying the financial obligations you have. Umbrella insurance can also provide protection for situations that would be excluded by other policies, such as when you are accused of slander or libel. Umbrella insurance isn’t just for personal coverage; it can also be purchased by a business in order to extend the reach of its various liability policies.
No matter how aggressive your liability insurance policy limits are, the inexpensive addition of umbrella insurance is a great, affordable way to extend your protection and meet whatever comes your way in the future.
Types of Umbrella: Personal Umbrella Policy
What is personal umbrella insurance?
Home and auto insurance is an important step in your financial planning and a great way to protect your family’s assets. But, it is not without limitations. You can choose the amount of coverage you wish to own. But, these personal insurance policies will only cover up to a certain dollar amount. For coverage beyond those limitations, you will need umbrella insurance.
Benefits of personal umbrella insurance?
Standard insurance policies do provide valuable protection. But, there is still a chance that you can become financially liable for a sum larger than what your policies will cover. For instance, say you have a fire in your home, and it spreads to destroy your neighbor’s property. Does your home insurance policy include enough liability coverage to pay for the damages?
Umbrella insurance can protect your assets if you are held liable for property damage or bodily injury. It can also help cover legal fees, false arrest, libel and slander. If you are sued and do not have enough coverage with your standard policies, all your assets are exposed. This can include your house, car, financial and retirement accounts, and future income.
Think of umbrella insurance as a blanket policy that adds another layer of coverage on top of your basic policies. When you’ve reached the limits on your home or auto insurance, your umbrella insurance then helps cover the remaining costs.
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If you want to protect you and your family from financial ruin due to an unforeseen accident, you may need an umbrella policy. Call us today to learn more.
Types of Umbrella: Commercial Umbrella Policy
What is commercial umbrella insurance?
Savvy business owners consider several different commercial insurance policies to protect their businesses. But, what do you do if something happens that results in higher bills than what your current policy covers? Commercial umbrella insurance can come to the rescue under such circumstances.
Benefits of commercial umbrella insurance?
Once your claim reaches your policy’s limits, your umbrella insurance helps cover the rest. Think of this policy as a literal umbrella perched above your underlying policies to add an extra layer of protection.
For example, say you have $1 million in coverage from your standard business insurance policies. If you face a legal settlement of $1.5 million, an umbrella policy will cover the additional $500,000.
We live in a litigious society. Lawsuits can cost a business millions. This coverage is a prudent decision to protect you against possible lawsuits. The high costs of a lawsuit can catch a business off-guard. But, umbrella insurance can keep you from permanently closing your doors.
If you want higher policy limits, umbrella insurance is an affordable way to get them. This is because you don’t have to raise the limits on your other individual policies. It is important to know that umbrella insurance will not extend coverage limits on errors and omissions or professional liability policies.
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