Risk & Business Magazine JGS Insurance Risk & Business Magazine Spring 2018 - Page 27

UMBRELLA CLAIMS a business . But if , for example , you are a community association and have a board of directors , you have an exposure that needs to be listed on the umbrella liability schedule for the umbrella policy to be effective . If you have purchased any of the types of liability previously mentioned , then you have already recognized the fact that your company has a real exposure that could affect you at any time .
Let me give you some atypical umbrella claims — real examples that we ’ ve paid out on behalf of our insureds — to help you get a better feel for what types of exposures may face your company that you probably never gave a second thought to :
• Building blew up due to alleged gas leak . Three fatalities . Removal of an oil tank while digging for a replacement gas line caused an explosion . Suit brought against property manager , building owner , PSE & G and contractor . Our insured building owner was found liable for $ 1.65 million . Underlying policy paid for defense costs and primary limit of $ 1,000,000 ; umbrella policy for building owner paid $ 650,000 .
• Claimant dove into pool and was severely injured . After the incident , local inspectors deemed the pool was indeed unsafe and violated code . Pool was closed . Umbrella paid $ 1,187,000 .
• Claimant was walking down stairs of insured ’ s building when railing came off of wall . At the time of the incident , claimant was found to be legally intoxicated from tests taken at hospital . Claimant suffered a broken ankle and leg . Jury found in favor of claimant and was awarded $ 2.3 million ; umbrella paid $ 1.3 million .
• Claimant dove into pool and sustained a fractured neck . Allegations of improper depth markings , improper lighting and lack of signage . Our insured was found liable for $ 3,900,000 , of which the underlying policy paid out $ 1,000,000 and umbrella paid out $ 2,900,000 .
• Two children in an apartment building were taken to the hospital with alleged mercury poisoning . Insured hired a contractor to replace all of the old thermostats in the building , which had mercury switches . However , instead of following the law with proper disposal methods , contractor placed the thermostats in the dumpsters while the children were outside playing . One of the children got severe mercury poisoning and recovered ; the other 13-year-old child suffered permanent physical and mental impairment and will be impaired for life . Building owner ’ s share of liability was $ 5,000,000 , of which umbrella paid out $ 4,000,000 .

“ AS I EXPLAIN TO MY CLIENTS , AN UMBRELLA POLICY IS BASICALLY “ SLEEP INSURANCE ,” PEACE OF MIND KNOWING THAT IN THE EVENT OF A CATASTROPHE , YOU HAVE ENOUGH DOLLARS TO PAY AGAINST ANY CLAIMS RENDERED .”

• Unit owner was burglarized and subsequently shot during the burglary . Allegations of inadequate security , failure to provide safe premises and improper lighting . Claimant awarded $ 5.2 million , of which the umbrella picked up $ 4.2 million .
• Boy on bike struck and killed by vehicle on sidewalk at entrance to association . Father was seriously injured as well . The allegation was obstruction of view and failure to maintain / regulate entrance landscaping and signage at entrance to association . Hedges at entrance way were twice the height allowed by code ; stop sign was shorter than required by code . Jury verdict of $ 12 million , of which association was found 30 percent at fault , property manager 60 percent , and driver of the vehicle 10 percent . Due to the fact that the property manager was listed as an additional named insured on the association policy , umbrella paid $ 11,870,000 .
These are just a handful of what we call atypical claims that most people wouldn ’ t contemplate when deciding on whether or not to purchase an umbrella and , if so , for what dollar amount . Unfortunately , we have multiple claims for inadequate security , obstructionof-view claims , quadriplegic pool accidents , trip-and-falls and other atypical as well as typical claims . As a result , we always recommend that clients price out limits and purchase the highest affordable limit that they can budget for . Our umbrella program that we manage nationwide can offer from $ 1,000,000 to $ 100,000,000 in limits at very reasonable prices .
Now please take a look at the number you wrote down when you started to read this article and compare it to the number currently in your head . Is it the same ? We hope that your company never faces tragedies like the ones outlined here , but we recommend you prepare yourself adequately just in case . Do you have enough “ sleep insurance ”? +
Ken Hager began his insurance career more than 30 years ago at JGS Insurance . Ken ’ s current role as Chief Operating Officer at JGS began in 1997 . Since that time he has been a guiding force in the direction and success of the JGS enterprise . Throughout the years , Ken has remained engaged with his customers and intently focused on their needs . He intently understands the risks associated with his clients operations and has been uniquely able to offer them superior solutions to their business needs .
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UMBRELLA CLAIMS a business. But if, for example, you are a community association and have a board of directors, you have an exposure that needs to be listed on the umbrella liability schedule for the umbrella policy to be effective. If you have purchased any of the types of liability previously mentioned, then you have already recognized the fact that your company has a real exposure that could affect you at any time. with alleged mercury poisoning. Insured hired a contractor to replace all of the old thermostats in the building, which had mercury switches. However, instead of following the law with proper disposal methods, contractor placed the thermostats in the dumpsters while the children were outside playing. One of the children got severe mercury poisoning and recovered; the other 13-year-old child suffered permanent physical and mental impairment and will be impaired for life. Building owner’s share of liability was $5,000,000, of which umbrella paid out $4,000,000. Let me give you some atypical umbrella claims—real examples that we’ve paid out on behalf of our insureds—to help you get a better feel for what types of exposures may face your company that you probably never gave a second thought to: • • • • • Building blew up due to alleged gas leak. Three fatalities. Removal of an oil tank while digging for a replacement gas line caused an explosion. Suit brought against property manager, building owner, PSE&G and contractor. Our insured building owner was found liable for $1.65 million. Underlying policy paid for defense costs and primary limit of $1,000,000; umbrella policy for building owner paid $650,000. Claimant dove into pool and was severely injured. After the incident, local inspectors deemed the pool was indeed unsafe and violated code. Pool was closed. Umbrella paid $1,187,000. Claimant was walking down stairs of insured’s building when railing came off of wall. At the time of the incident, claimant was found to be legally intoxicated from tests taken at hospital. Claimant suffered a broken ankle and leg. Jury found in favor of claimant and was awarded $2.3 million; umbrella paid $1.3 million. Claimant dove into pool and sustained a fractured neck. Allegations of improper depth markings, improper lighting and lack of signage. Our insured was found Ɩ&Rf"C2Ó`v6FRVFW&ǖrƖ7BW@CBV'&VBW@C"ÓGv6G&V'FV@'VFrvW&RFVFFR7F( 2UDՒ4ĔTE2T%$TĔ52$44Œ( 4TU5U$4R( T4PbԔBtpDBDRUdT@b4D5E$RRdRTTtD%2Dt5B吤42$TDU$TB( Ю( ( VBvW"v2'W&v&VB@7V'6WVVFǒ6BGW&rFP'W&v'VvF2bFWVFP6V7W&GfW&RF&fFR6fP&V֗6W2B&W"ƖvFr6Bv&FVBCR"֖Ɩ`v6FRV'&V6VBWCB ֖Ɩ&&R7G'V6BVB'fV6R6FWvƲBVG&6RF766FfFW"v26W&W6ǐW&VB2vVFRVvFv0'7G'V7FbfWrBfW&PFF&VwVFRVG&6PG66rB6vvR@VG&6RF766FVFvW0BVG&6RvvW&RGv6RFPVvBvVB'6FS7F6vv26'FW"F&WV&VB'6FRधW'fW&F7BbC"֖Ɩbv6766Fv2fVB3W&6VB@fVB&W'GvW"cW&6VBBG&fW"bFRfV6RW&6VBGVRFFRf7BFBFR&W'GvW"v2Ɨ7FVB2FFFVB7W&VBFR766FƖ7V'&VBCÃsFW6R&RW7BFgVbvBvP6G662FB7BVPvVF( B6FVFRvVFV6FrvWFW""BFW&66RV'&VBb6f"vBF"VBVf'GVFVǒvRfRVFR60f"FWVFR6V7W&G'7G'V7FЦbfWr62VG&Vv266FVG2G&Bf2BFW G62vV2G6620&W7VBvRv2&V6VBF@6ƖVG2&6RWBƖ֗G2BW&66RFPvW7Bff&F&RƖ֗BFBFW6'VFvWBf"W"V'&V&w&F@vRvRFvFR6ffW"g&ТCFCƖ֗G2@fW'&V6&R&6W2rV6RFRBFRV&W Rw&FRFvvVR7F'FVBF&VBF2'F6RB6&RBFFPV&W"7W'&VFǒW"VB2BFP6SvRRFBW"6WfW f6W2G&vVFW2ƖRFRW2WFƖV@W&R'WBvR&V6VBR&W&PW'6VbFWVFVǒW7B66RFPfRVVv( 6VW7W&6^( VvW"&Vv27W&6R6&VW"&PF3V'2vBu27W&6RV( 07W'&VB&R26VbW&Frff6W"@u2&Vvr66RFBFRR0&VVwVFrf&6RFRF&V7F@7V66W72bFRu2VFW'&6RF&VvW@FRV'2V2&VVBVvvVBvF27W7FW'2BFVFǒf7W6VBFV"VVG2RFVFǒVFW'7FG2FP&62766FVBvF26ƖVG2W&F0B2&VVVVVǒ&RFffW"FVЧ7WW&"6WF2FFV"'W6W72VVG2#p