2018 is set to be a good year for business in Texas. The economy is growing and employment is at one of the highest levels in the past 25 years. There will always be challenges regarding business insurance and risk management. Heaton Bennett Insurance Agency is here to help your business better understand your business insurance program.
Texas Business Insurance Trends
The business insurance world is changing at a fast pace. Technology is continually evolving and businesses must change or die. New technology also brings change in claims and litigation. Often lawsuits filed today are indicators of business liability claims tomorrow.
Business or commercial insurance coverage is available for almost every conceivable risk your business might face. The cost and amount of coverage of policies vary among insurers. Also the type of business you are in also impacts cost and coverage. You should discuss your specific business risks and the types of insurance available for your business with us.
This is one of the fastest growing areas of litigation. The average defense cost in 2016 was over $500,000. With more information being disrupted over the internet, claims are sure to increase. Intellectual property insurance coverage protects companies for copyright, trademark or patent infringement, and claims arising out of the company's operation.
Healthcare Professional Liability
As we move well into healthcare reform, we are seeing increased litigation focused on medical providers of all kinds. In 2015, litigation against OB/GYN doctors accounted for over $3.9 billion in claims. Many states have enhanced medical malpractice laws designed to speed up and compensate injured patients.
Recent news that Russian cyber thieves stole billions of passwords should create heightened awareness about the risks and need for cyber insurance. The problem, Munich Re explains, stems from the fact that “most traditional property and liability policies provide no or limited coverage for cyber risks” although there still may be a duty to defend until such time as coverage is determined.
Social media is becoming popular with many businesses, and this increases the liability risks. The combination of personal use and business use combined with privacy laws increases the risk to business of being sued by employees and other third parties. There is definite increased risk of defamation, libel and slander for firms who don’t outsource the service.
Directors & Officers Liability
Most business owners don’t believe they can or will be sued despite statistics that show otherwise. The latest number by Chubb Insurance Company shows that about 25% of firms have been sued for directors and officer’s negligence. Claims can be made by shareholders, regulators, family members, customers, vendors and competitors.
Heaton Bennett Insurance is an independent insurance agency, which means we represent many different companies so we can find the one that is right for you. We can shop your insurance for you and find the right combination of coverage, price and service.