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Ever have a close call?

Many agencies go through their entire career without ever facing an E&O claim. For many others, they can count the number of E&O claims they faced during their career on one hand and probably have a finger or two left … Continue reading

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The need for the proper handling of claims

If one were to ask most agency ownership about their E&O exposure, “claims handling” would probably not be high on the list yet this is one of the current E&O hotspots agents should be aware of. When handling customer claims, … Continue reading

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Consent to settle clause – is it getting a bad rap?

Do you know what the consent to settle clause in an E&O policy is commonly referred to? The Hammer clause. The hammer that when the agency does not want to agree to what the E&O carrier believes they can settle … Continue reading

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There is real danger if you admit liability (without the consent of your E&O carrier)

When it comes to your E&O insurance, admitting liability is definitely something that you want to avoid. Quite honestly, the admission of liability can totally change the direction of a potential E&O matter facing your agency. Virtually every E&O policy … Continue reading

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Carriers will sue their agents?

The answer is yes. They will and actually this has been a part of the E&O world for many years. Recently, I was reviewing E&O policies from a number of carriers. I am always looking to see what coverages are … Continue reading

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Documentation needs to be handled promptly

For as long as the concept of E&O has been around, one of the key phrases has been “Document, Document, Document”. This is so for good reason. The degree of documentation is one of the main drivers that can either … Continue reading

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How does your E&O policy address “subpoenas”?

One only needs to access the news on virtually a daily basis to hear the reference to a subpoena. It is vital that agencies (especially management) be aware that the word subpoena can find its way into the insurance agency … Continue reading

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Get it in writing !

It is certainly a frequent occurrence in the insurance world for clients, business or personal, to look to reduce their limits. The reason could involve issues such as cost or possibly the client feels the limits are more than their … Continue reading

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Frequency down; Severity up

Going back to the late 80s (when I first started in an E&O management position), the frequency numbers were off the charts (but not in a good way). Frequency (a measure of the number of E&O claims as a percentage … Continue reading

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Be careful when using statistics

Imagine that you are sitting down with a current or prospective customer talking about the issue of flood insurance. As you are discussing the coverage, it is conceivable that the customer may ask the following question: “what are the chances … Continue reading

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