Disaster Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
If a comprehensive glass insurance policy/endorsement was purchased they are covered. However, there may be certain conditions which must be met for coverage to apply. Such as, a requirement to have hurricane shutters or the use of a specific grade of plywood to cover them at specified times.
If the debris did not cause damage to covered property, no. The expense to clean out the pool is not covered.
An auto dealer’s physical damage policy would provide coverage for the new cars if comprehensive or combined additional coverage (CAC- comprehensive coverage excluding theft) was included in the policy. (Sometimes, the manufacturers provide coverage for the new cars.) The used cars would be covered only if coverage was included in the policy for an additional premium. The damage to employees’ vehicles is covered by their own comprehensive insurance coverage. If they did not purchase physical damage on their own policy, they would not have coverage.
Yes, if wind is not an excluded peril and if coverage for electronics is not excluded.
Food spoilage is normally not covered in a commercial property policy unless a consequential damage endorsement was purchased. Business interruption coverage may cover the loss of receipts and/or the loss of income for your employees.
Generally, there is no coverage as the loss of income did not result from direct physical damage to insured property. This is called a “defined loss” in most contracts. Some policies provide this coverage by endorsement under Business Interruption by removing the “defined loss” wording.
No, the downed trees did not cause direct physical loss on the insured premises.
As an example, consider a business that is adjacent to a geographical area that has been evacuated by civil authorities. The closing of that geographical area may include the closing of a highway such as an interstate (I-95 or I-75). Generally, coverage is not provided unless a “defined loss” has occurred. Some companies will provide coverage by endorsement under the Business Interruption by removing “defined loss” language. It is always best to review your claim questions with your adjuster after the loss.
Business interruption coverage isn’t required; therefore, it will depend upon the company’s policy forms filed with the Office of Insurance Regulation. Business interruption coverage may be provided under the BOP and may be provided under the CPP. If the policy is written to exclude wind the business interruption coverage would also be endorsed to exclude business interruption losses caused by wind.
Builder’s risk policies are named peril policies. Rain is not a named peril in the contract. However, there could be limited coverage for materials located at the job site damaged by rain if included by endorsement. Wind damage should be covered by the policy, subject to other contractual provisions. Some policies require the construction to be at a certain stage, i.e. 50% or 75% of completion before coverage applies for wind.