Do You and Your Insurance Company Know Your Liability?

Do you and your Insurance Company know your Liability?

Traffic signs are everywhere. They provide us with warnings, directions and information. They can be found along public roadways, private roadways and parking lots. As of June 13, 2014 all agencies with public and private roadways which are opened for public travel are required to have a traffic sign assessment and management plan in place.

I know what you are thinking, that’s great the government has more paperwork to add to their already inflated bureaucracy. Though that may be the case, if you are a commercial or industrial business, mall, shopping center, home owner’s association, convenience store, gas station, just to name a few, with a parking lot or roadways, you should be preparing for traffic sign Retroreflectivity.

Why should you be concerned or taking note of traffic sign assessment and management? Well simply put if you allow motorists to drive on your property, which would almost be impossible not to, you are entering new realm of possible liability.

You along with your Insurance Company should know what the failure to prepare and plan for traffic sign assessment and management can mean. I bet most agencies and businesses don’t even know what traffic signs are their responsibilities.

Why don’t you humor me and let me give you an example how this can affect you. When your property was built, more than likely you or the owner at the time had to obtain a driveway or highway occupancy permit to enter and exit the public roadway. More than likely your plan had a stop sign at the entrance, no big deal, right? Wrong, if a driver leaving your property pulls out into the path of an oncoming vehicle and there is an accident, one of the things that the investigating agencies will be looked at is whether the proper traffic signs are in place and in operational condition. They will look at the signs in helping to determine who is at fault. Maybe not a huge deal if it is a fender bender, but what if there are major injuries or even worse a death. Now you can be certain the insuring parties, or family of the injured or dead are going to be looking for someone to pay for the damages and pain and suffering.

Get my point! In the example above we are only talking about one sign, a stop sign. Let me ask you a few things that the investigators will probably asking.

Property owner, what was the date the stop sign was installed? Do you have records of the purchase? Did the stop sign meet the highway traffic sign standards at the time of installation? Where did you purchase the sign? Was it installed to the proper height and mounting standards as required by the highway standards? When was the sign last assessed for compliance?

Holy cow! As a property owner how would you know any of that information? Simple: a traffic sign assessment and management program.

Now many permit and civil plans for properties have more than one stop sign on them, many have multiple signs. Did you also know that some state, county and local agencies add wording to the permit plans that give responsibility for the new roadway signs added during construction to the property owner. I know, you are asking why, would they do that. Simple, alleviate or pass the responsibility to someone else. Smart on their part, but bad for you and you insurance company.

The MUTCD (Manual on Uniformed Traffic Control Devices) is about to make all of our lives a little bit more interesting. I believe the door is opening for a flood of liability claims relating to traffic signs. The MUTCD and Federal Highway Administration have stated that private roads open to public travel are required to meet provisions of the MUTCD, including the minimum retroreflectivity standards. I know some people will argue that parking lots are not included, however I believe this extends to parking lots. My logic behind this is that there are drive lanes in a parking lot and what is a drive lane other than a private road. But hey I will let the lawyers argue that point in court.

A statistic obtained from Auto Insurance quotes.com, indicated that Nationwide Insurance’s 2012 claim data showed 13 percent of all accidents occur in parking lots. During my research I have found that injuries to pedestrians are one of the fastest growing types of accidents which occur in parking lots. So my next question is are your Pedestrian crossing signs compliant?

As you can see, I am trying to make a point, if you do not have a traffic sign assessment and management plan in place or think that it can’t happen to you all I can say is good luck. But just remember an implemented plan may be the cheapest insurance you could purchase.

Eligibility Checking Part 1: Determining Patient Financial Responsibility

The healthcare landscape has changed, and one of the biggest changes is the growing financial responsibility of patients with high deductibles that require them to pay physician practices for services. This is an area where practices are struggling to collect the revenue they are entitled.

In fact, practices are generating up to 30 to 40 percent of their revenue from patients who have high-deductible insurance coverage. Failing to check patient eligibility and deductibles can increase denials, negatively impact cash flow and profitability.

One solution is to improve eligibility checking using the following best practices:

-Check patient eligibility 48 to 72 hours in advance of scheduled visit using one of these three methods:

1. Business-to-business (B2B) verification, which enables practices to electronically check patient eligibility using electronic data interchange (EDI) via their electronic health record (EHR) and practice management solutions.

2. Look up patient eligibility on payer websites.

3. Call payers to determine eligibility for more complex scenarios, such as coverage of particular procedures and services, determining calendar year maximum coverage, or if services are covered if they take place in an office or diagnostic centre. Clearinghouses do not provide these details, so calling the payer is necessary for these scenarios.

-Determine patient financial responsibilities – high deductibles, out-of-pocket limits, then counsel patients about their financial responsibilities before service delivery, educating them on how much they’ll need to pay and when.

-Determine co-pays and collect before service delivery.

Yet, even when doing this, there are still potential pitfalls, such as changes in eligibility due to employee termination of patient or primary insured, unpaid premiums, and nuances in dependent coverage.

If all of this sounds like a lot of work, it’s because it is. This isn’t to say that practice managers/administrators are unable to do their jobs. It’s just that sometimes they need some help and better tools. However, not performing these tasks can increase denials, as well as impact cash flow and profitability.

In our next post we will examine ways to overcome these challenges.

ELIGIBILITY VERIFICATION WITH PAYERS

$6.5 per hour* onwards or $2.50 per Benefit Verification based on workflow plan

Eligibility checking is the single most effective way of preventing insurance claim denials. Our service begins with retrieving a list of scheduled appointments and verifying insurance coverage for the patients. Once the verification is done the coverage details are put directly into the appointment scheduler for the office staff’s notification.

There are three methods for checking eligibility:

Online – Using various Insurance company websites and internet payer portals we check patient coverage.

Automated Voice system (IVR) – By calling Insurance companies directly an interactive voice response system will give the eligibility status.

Insurance Company Representative Call- If necessary calling an Insurance company representative will give us a more detailed benefits summary for certain payers when not available from either websites or Automated phone systems.

Clinicspectrum is a healthcare services company providing outsourcing and back office solutions for medical billing companies, medical offices, hospital billing departments, and hospital medical records departments.

8 Major Income Protection Myths Debunked

Insurance products aren’t the easiest of things to understand and income protection insurance is no exception. With cumbersome key facts booklets and the media citing stories of context-specific consumer-insurer battles, it’s no surprise that many people misunderstand exactly what it is and what it specifically offers.

Outlined here are eight major protection myths demystified, so that next time you hear something about income protection, you’ll be able to separate fact from fiction.

Myth 1: It doesn’t pay out

Provided that the policyholder has kept up-to-date with their monthly premiums, and has given truthful personal information from the outset, claims are nearly always paid out. In fact, last year in the UK, insurance providers paid out over 90% of successful claims. If you’re still unconvinced and want to double check specific insurer payout rates, most of them now provide easily-accessible claim statistics on their websites.

Myth 2: It’s too expensive

This myth is purely subjective. If you were a smoker in a high risk job and wanted a very high level of cover, your premiums would, of course, be costly. For the majority however, income protection is affordable and can cost as little as 30p per day. If you want significantly lower income protection insurance quotes, consider buying through a commission free broker or by extending your deferral period – the amount of time between a claim being made and the money being paid out. Premium rates are calculated based on your age, health, smoker or non-smoker and occupation, so if you’re serious about cutting the costs of premiums, it may also be beneficial to adopt a healthier lifestyle.

Myth 3: It’s a waste of money

When it comes to ill-health and injury, people can feel a sense of invulnerability, and so it’s all too easy to see how this kind of myth circulates. But ask anyone who’s used their income protection policy, and they’ll be the first to debunk this notion. If you were unable to work due to illness or injury, the monthly instalments provided by income protection could become invaluable, affording reassurance that bills, loan repayments, and any other expenses could continue to be financed during your time off work.

Myth 4: It isn’t necessary if you receive benefits

Statutory sick pay and other benefits tend to pay no more than £400 a month, which for most, would not cover the rent or mortgage. An income insurance policy however, would pay up to 75% of your usual income, comfortably covering the costs of your living.

Some employers will provide a more comprehensive benefit than statutory sick pay. Therefore, it’s important to check if this applicable; as this may mean that your deferral period can be extended which can, in turn, lower premiums.

Myth 5: It’s the same as PPI

Although they may sound similar, income protection and payment protection insurance (PPI) are not the same products. PPI insures a specific loan repayment, whereas income protection is designed to cover a portion of your income. If you found yourself unable to meet your mortgage repayments due to ill health, PPI would be on hand for this, but what about all the other inevitable expenses? This is where income protection comes in.

Myth 6: It’s not necessary if you have critical illness cover

Whilst critical illness insurance is important, unlike income protection, it would not pay out if you were unable to work due to injury or if you developed a non-critical illness. For this reason, income insurance may be worth considering along with critical illness cover, as this would cover a wider range of eventualities.

Myth 7: It’s not for you if you’re self-employed

Self-employed people can get income protection insurance, but be prepared to provide the relevant documentation. If you’re self-employed, your income may be more variable, so it would be beneficial to regularly review your policy to ensure that you’re covered for the amount of money you require.

Myth 8: It takes too long to apply

Whilst this may have been true in the days of dial-up-internet and telephone brokers, thanks to user-friendly websites, it is now easier than ever to search, compare and buy income protection policies.

If you’re interested in buying Income protection and want the best deal possible, consider using a commission free broker like Best Price FS to compare income protection insurance quotes.

Enjoy Peaceful State Of Mind With an Appropriate Insurance Cover

Life is beautiful and happening only when one enjoys perfect peace of mind. A general insurance secures a person against number of risks and provides adequate security for the unforeseen events of life. When one avails for a cover, he stands guarded against losses occurring in case of events like, fire, marine, motor, accident and other miscellaneous non-life insurance. There are numerous benefits associated with an insurance cover. Also, buying the best general insurance plan yields significant tax benefits to the customer.

Evolution of transforming technologies has made buying and renewing of policies really easy. A person interested in buying the best general insurance can conveniently make a purchase through internet. All the key players of the insurance industry have their respective web portals, where in is provided every information relating to different plans. Customers can read and understand the plans being offered and make a wise selection. Online facility bestows on the customer, the power to choose, and thus he is able to avail the best general insurance plan that perfectly fits in his budget.

An insurance seeker these days is not even required to go to a company’s office or bank, to make a payment for the policy. Rather they can do the same by using the advanced money tools. Net banking and credit cards have made the task a cake walk for the customers. Government has laid down strict guidelines for all the players in the industry to follow highest security standards. The website portals of companies have perfect security arrangements and are SSL certified. Thus your investment stays secure and yields you maximum benefits in hour of need.

Companies now days issue digitally signed insurance policies to the customers, opting to buy the best general insurance plan online. A customer is thus able to access the policy papers at will from his desktop, laptop and even mobile phones. In case of urgent requirement of policy papers a printout would do the job. The copy of the digitally signed insurance policy is considered as authentic and reliable as the original.

Life is unpredictable and a lot of risks surround it. A person should always choose the best general insurance plan for himself and also suggest the same to people he loves. Spending in insurance is a positive and genuine move and also, this industry has enjoyed the same reputation, for centuries. The sector is growing at a rapid pace and competition is really stiff in the market. Everybody is trying to incorporate as many riders in their plans as possible to make their offers lucrative and appealing. While pursuing an online research regarding a plan, the customer should pen down the insurance quotes of various companies. This helps in perfect evaluation and analysis of policies and packages.

There has been noticed a sharp rise in the number of frauds and malpractices in the industry. An online research saves you from falling in a trap. It’s always preferable to buy insurance from a renowned and recognized player of the industry.

Surety Insurance May Give You Peace of Mind

In a world where unforeseen consequences can lead to costly damages and potential lawsuits, managing your risks is an absolute must. When looking for ways to mitigate risk in an investment, such as a car, house, or expensive work of art, people often turn to major insurance companies. In theory, paying a little each month can protect you from sudden financial disaster in the future. While these companies have good intentions, the reality is often much less idyllic. Companies often try to deny claims or take forever to process payments, leaving you stuck with a mountain of debt while you try to keep your investments afloat.

Contract Work

Particularly in contract work, standard liability coverage often leaves much to be desired. When allowing a contractor to work in your home, install an air conditioner, or run new power lines, you are taking a huge leap of faith that the company will behave ethically and do their work up to code. While most reputable companies carry liability, there is simply no way to guarantee that their coverage will provide you with the compensation you need when their mistakes cost you thousands of dollars in damages. To mitigate this risk, surety insurance has become a preferred means of protecting your investment. This type of protection, often called surety bonds, offers a unique method of controlling the way funds are distributed in the event of a disaster. Rather than spreading settlement payout across a myriad of clients, surety insurance is a three-way agreement between a customer, a contractor, and their bondsman. With stricter guidelines and a clear understanding of responsibility, these bonds allow payment to be treated like a bank loan rather than a sudden cash windfall. By cutting out the major corporations, homeowners are able to hold contractors accountable and seek damages as soon as they know shoddy work has been performed rather than after catastrophe has struck.

Public Works

Surety insurance is also beneficial in the case of public works. When building a park, statue, or other municipal attraction, city and town governments rely on one major overseer to manage a large number of subcontractors. Often this primary job lead is the only point of contact for the various electricians, sculptors, and carpenters working on the job site every day. While this manager hires out the work and can make agreements for compensation on his own, he will not be the one receiving complaints should any subcontractors not receive their due. Dissatisfied workers will climb as far up the food chain as they can and head right for the biggest wallet. Liability protection held by a contractor won’t save the city in this instance; only a qualified bond will do the trick. The township can activate their agreement and settle payment directly with the workers without any scandal or lawyers whatsoever.

Whether you are building an addition to your home or rebuilding the town square, make the right decision and cover yourself with surety insurance.

Understanding the Necessity of Acquiring Your Own Insurance Policy

Understanding Insurance Claims

An Insurance Plan can get us off our worries. May it be an Educational Plan, Health, Life, Auto, Accident or Retirement Insurance Plan. Living in a country where everything is fast-paced, having an Insurance Policy is a necessity. The absence of these much-needed Plans could cause you a lot of troubles. Imagine, what to do when someone in the family is sick? Paying your hospital bills could be worrisome and how would you send your children to school without an Educational Insurance?

Some people have different kinds of Insurance Plans to secure their life and that of their family. However, an insurance claim also provides negative feedbacks that discourages people from thinking of the necessity of acquiring an insurance Plan. Definitely, an Insurance Plan means benefits but somehow, claiming those benefits could be tedious and time-consuming. Insurance claims need not give us so much trouble if we just understand how Insurance companies work on our Insurance claims. So to fully understand issues and save us a lot of troubles claiming our insurance, let us take a look on this.

How to File Your 4 Important Insurance Claims

Filing your Auto Insurance Claim

1. Assess if the Claim is Worth the Trouble

Before filing for an auto insurance claim, decide if you want to file a claim or not. If you think you can afford to pay for the damage, no matter who is responsible for it, then try not to make any claim. What is important, according to a Personal Insurance Expert, you need to keep your Insurance Record clean.

2. Get the Accident Document

It is very important to document every detail of the accident and get witnesses to back up your story afterwards. A Police record on the scene is a relevant document you must have to support your claim.

3. File Claim Immediately

You don’t need to lose time in filing your claim. Question as to who is responsible will be taken care of by your Insurance Company.

4. Expect a Call Anytime

Expect a call from the other driver’s Insurance Company to interview you on your version of the incident. Make sure you document the conversation and don’t forget to ask the agent’s name.

5. Get Your Car Fixed

After your claim is approved, then you can have your car’s body fixed in case of a damage. The Insurance Company will assess the damage or ask you to send your car to any car shop of their choice to get it fixed.

How to File Your Home Insurance Claim

In case of a disaster which left you and your family homeless, file your Home Insurance Claim. As you file your claim, be sure to have your Insurance Policy with you. In case you were not able to have your copy available after the disaster, at least know and remember your Insurance Company’s name and contact numbers. It is not always relevant to remember only your agent’s name for sometimes, he could represent various companies.

Prepare a Quick Household Inventory

It’s always better to take a video of your whole household belongings every time you acquire a Home Insurance Plan. Keep a copy of this record and keep it in a safe-keeping vault outside of your house. It’s always advisable to keep a bank deposit box for important documents like Insurance Policies, Property Title, etc.

Notify Your Insurance Company ASAP

It is important to notify your Insurance Company as soon as possible for the reason that you may have to avail of the Loss-of-Use Benefit in your policy if you have this feature. This could cover living expenses outside of your home while it is being repaired such as hotel bills, meals and other cost of living expenses. This will entitle you to receive immediate cash needed for your bills.

Start Filing Your Claim

You can’t have your claim until you have everything properly documented. So, it would be hard for you to have a documented list of your household belongings if you don’t have access to your damaged home. Only when you can gain access to your home once again could you properly document it. While you are waiting for the approval of the claim, you may make minor repairs but be sure to record every disbursement you make. Don’t make any major repairs until your claim is approved.

How to Hire a Contractor for Insurance Claim

Find a reputable contractor to take care of your building or repair needs. A lot of contractors would always grab a chance like this to take advantage of your anxiety. They can always stretch your budget beyond the level of reasoning.

How to File a Life Insurance Claim

Filing for an Insurance Claim after the death of a loved is not really easy. However, it is at this point in life when you have to be practical. You need money more than anything to pay off the funeral cost, bills and even the family needs. It is hard to be left alone and face all these problems but you have to be thankful if the deceased love one had prepared you for times like this. As a survivor, we sometimes worry about things like these but a Life Insurance Plan is designed to give us less worries and ensures the deceased family that we won’t have to deal with the financial problem as we grieved over the loss of a loved one.

Find the Life Insurance Policy

The Policy is an important document granted to the Policy Holder. This is badly needed when filing for an Insurance claim. Be sure to look for it if the deceased party had failed to inform you where he had kept it. You may keep in mind that this is a very important document, so the keeper might have kept it in a place not easily seen or recognizable. You may look in a plastic container or any sealed container large enough to contain it. It could also be kept in a small drawer of a cabinet in your head board or lamp stand cabinet.

If you can’t find the Insurance Policy but you are sure that the decease is an Insurance Policy Holder, you may write to the American Council of Life Insurance (ACLI).For a small amount, the ACLI will conduct a search to find the Policy. The address is 101 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20004-2500. Don’t forget to include a self-addressed, business-sized envelope.

Contact the Company’s Number Listed in the Policy

Try to contact immediately the contact number or numbers listed in the document. If you personally know the authorized representative or agent, you may as well contact him directly and tell him that you want to file a claim. The company’s agent will always be ready to assist you in your filing. He will be providing you with forms needed for the application. Wait for any instruction that the Insurance Company will provide you.

Fill-up the Necessary Forms and Submit Requirements

After receiving the necessary form needed for application in filing for the Insurance claim, fill it up with all the needed information. Provide also the other requirements needed upon submission. The Death Certificate is the very basic of all requirements you may need to provide together with your Application Form. Decide How you want to Receive the Proceeds from the Life Policy. You may choose to receive the proceeds in lump sum, or opt to receive it in a form of monthly pension or simply leave the money in deposit for it to earn interest and dividends.

Wait for the Release of the Funds

Expect that your fund’s approval for the claim will take more than a month to process as the Insurance Company still have to validate information relative to your application.

How to File Health for Medical Claims

If you have to pay for your medical bills, then you have to file for your Health Insurance Claim. Here are some helpful tips in making your claim:

Keep an Itemized Report

Be sure to obtain all receipts and necessary statement of accounts issued by the doctor or pharmacist. Summarize it, so it could be easily understood by the Insurance Evaluator. Attach it to your Application Form.

Fill-Up Your Claim Application Form

Contact your Health Insurance Company as soon as possible. You may get your Application Form directly from them after declaring your desire to file for a Health Insurance Claim. The Application Form is easy to fill-up but someone from the Insurance Company is sure to assist you if there are some items in the Application Form that you don’t understand.

Scan or Duplicate a Copy

After filling up your form and submitting to the Health Insurance Company, be sure to scan it or have your duplicate copy to keep. This will keep you from inconvenience in case of loss or error in filing. You can easily file it again when needed. Review Before Submission. File your claim as soon as possible. Ask for assistance or inquire for any additional instruction or requirements. Ask how long it will take you to wait for the result and be sure to make a note of it in your calendar. If they failed to contact you on the given date, be sure to contact your Health Insurance Agent immediately.

Filing for an insurance claim can be tedious but in today’s world where everything is fast-paced, having an Insurance Policy is becoming a necessity. Here is your guide on how to file your Insurance claim with lesser time, effort and troubles.

How to Evaluate the Right Claims Management System for Your Organization?

With continuous changes to the software industry, Claims Management Systems (CMS) have evolved with technology. These systems are equipped with newer capabilities to provide enhanced services to customers. In such situations, evaluating and selecting the right CMS for your organization could be a difficult task. In order to assist with this process, we furnish a few simple steps through which you can evaluate and choose the right CMS for your organization.

Check the efficiency and responsiveness of the system:

Efficiency

• Claim management systems are crucial to making the customers satisfied and to improve the overall performance of the company. A CMS should be able to manage the entire claim process – from the beginning to the final settlement. The software should help in organizing every file activity and maintain reports.

Responsiveness

• In addition to performance, a CMS needs to allow the user to run reports instantly. The ability to quickly access information will expedite the claims, allowing employees to return to work, and employers to save valuable resources.

• A transaction – accessing and saving a claim, creating letters, etc. should not take more than 10 seconds, and on an average it should be done only in a couple of seconds.

• While evaluating the performance and response time of the CMS, ensure to check them in a real time environment with and user data. This will give a complete picture of the performance and the responsiveness of the system.

Technology used in the system

Today, many organizations prefer browser based systems that help them simplify deployment, support, and allow for remote access.

• While evaluating the technology, check the type of database being used. It is important to choose the right database with a simple and efficient data model. This will help create reports and data mine independently.

• A critical issue that goes unchecked by many organizations is with respect to the reporting database. The reporting database should be kept separate from the transactional database as it impacts the system performance.

Security, confidentiality and hosting model of the system

Security and confidentiality of the data

It is the responsibility of the organization to keep the claimants information secure. In order to keep the data safe, it has to be encrypted with multilevel access passwords. All users should be given unique ID’s and passwords with no plain text.

• To reset the password and protect system security, do not allow viewing of the old password.

• Data to the user and from the user should be encrypted using a SSL encryption. Along with this, user access permissions, levels of authority, hierarchy, etc. – are necessary to ensure security and confidentiality.

Hosting

• If your organization possesses adequate bandwidth and infrastructure for supporting new applications you may want to consider hosting the system.

• If not, hiring a reputable web host is you best alternative. Be sure to confirm the system is always accessible and is supported without any interruptions in the services. Additionally, in choosing a web host make sure that there is equipment redundancy and document backup to ensure data is replicated without any loss.

Functionality and features of the system

Functionality

• For every CMS, there should be some basic functional modules such as claim/claimant maintenance, notepads, diaries, reporting, payment and reserves, etc.

• Check the functionality that will help the examiners to focus on closing claims quickly. You can ask various questions regarding the functionality of the CMS, depending on your business requirements and workflow.

Features

• Check the features of the system and all the data categories that your organization needs.

• The system should enable users to build data fields as the organization grows and risks become more complex.

• Check for the software integration. This gives the new capabilities in settling the claims quickly and efficiently.

Vendor assessment

Once the system meets all the required guidelines, it is necessary to assess the vendor. In order to assess a vendor, several factors should be considered.

Clients’ needs

• An efficient vendor should constantly work on improving the system, based on client needs. They should be to discuss new functionality and any challenges with implementing system enhancements. Ask any potential vendor how often they meet their clients for discussing such issues.

Other factors (past experience, etc.)

• Consider vendors past experience. How efficient they are in research and development of new technologies? How effective are they are in knowledge transfer?

• References would assist in choosing the right web host. This will provide appropriate insight to what a relationship with the vendor will be like in the future.

Pricing structure

• Pricing structure should be flexible for each client. Depending on size and need, each contract can vary greatly. Terms of payment should also be flexible in order to allow companies of all sizes to find a system that works for them financially. A CMS with many users should cost less per user than that of one with fewer users.

Following these points can help evaluate the claims management system (CMS) quality parameters, and check how well it suits your business.

Courier Driver Insurance: What You Need to Know

There are many things that you need to set in place when you first start out working as a courier driver. However, one of the most important things on your list should be to ensure you have adequate insurance.

Finding suitable insurance is essential. Not only is insurance a legal requirement, but a policy that covers all your needs will also serve to provide you with peace of mind while you work. Here is what you need to know.

Courier Insurance is not Standard

Insurance is a legal requirement for every driver – in fact, even if you are not using your van a lot, it must still be insured. However, if you use your vehicle to carry out delivery work, you should be aware that you’ll need more than just standard vehicle insurance. As a courier driver, you will be considered a higher risk than other road users, because you will stop frequently, you have deadlines to meet, and you may also transport valuable goods that need to be covered under a policy. It therefore makes sense to spend adequate time researching the most suitable policy, even if that means spending a little more on it.

Different Types

There are different levels of policies that you can choose from. Everybody’s circumstances are unique, so it is important to find the most suitable policy for your personal situation when working as a courier driver. Various factors could influence your insurance, from the type of vehicle you drive to how far you travel and how many drop-offs you make.

One of the most important things to look for is goods in transit cover. This provides coverage for all the cargo you transport, some of which may be very valuable. If you have an accident or the goods are stolen, you are liable for the damage or loss, and this could cost you a lot of money. So to have complete peace of mind you’ll need to invest in decent goods in transit cover. (You should also find out what is not covered under a particular policy, as it may not include high-value goods like jewellery.)

Breakdown cover is another thing you should definitely consider including. This will provide you with protection should you experience problems on the road, as it can be very difficult if something goes wrong when you are working to a deadline.

Other things that may be covered in a policy include vandalism, overseas travel, public liability, employers’ liability, personal belongings and replacement van cover. You may also want to get a fleet policy if you have numerous vehicles. It’s important never to assume that any aspect is covered; always check the details carefully and understand exactly what you’re covered for as well as how much excess you will have to pay when you make a claim.

Look Around for a Suitable Policy

When you start your research for insurance, always search around and get quotes from various providers, as they’ll all provide slightly different policies at different prices. This is an important decision for any courier driver, so do spend some time over the process. And remember, don’t simply buy the cheapest you can find – you need to make sure it really does provide the cover you need.

Signs of a Quality Insurance Company

The insurance company you choose to protect you from loss in the event of an accident or situation needs to be a trustworthy one. Know what to look for as you analyze and examine different companies and policies to ensure that you choose the right coverage.

Positive Ratings

Rely on the assessments of the rating companies, whose purpose is to analyze the quality and financial wellbeing of insurance companies. Check the rating of any insurance company you are considering. As you check ratings, compare them to learn which business has the highest rating. Higher ratings have a direct correlation with the solidity of the business and the services provided. Higher ratings also indicate entities with more solid financial standings for paying out claims.

Business Longevity

Examine the length of time a business has been operating to get an indication of the quality and reliability of its services. A newly formed entity may not be able to offer customers the same reliability and performance as businesses that have been around for many years. A recent purchase and transfer between insurers could indicate that the new owner is undertaking positive growth.

Customer Service

The services provided to customers by an insurance company will be an important indicator of quality. Optimally, customers should be able to reach representatives in a variety of ways, such as by phone, online chat, and email. The response times to customer queries should be relatively short to ensure that all questions and concerns receive a speedy resolution. Customers should also be able to reach a representative around the clock and on weekends and holidays for emergencies.

Coverage Policies

The policies provided should meet your needs, with cost effective premiums, affordable deductibles, and terms that meet your coverage needs. Compare policy terms between different corporations to ensure that you choose the policy that fits your budget and needs. Explore the claim-paying process to find out how the business investigates claims and the typical time period for payment on a claim. Find out the rate of claim refusal, also, so you know the average pay out statistics for the insurance company.

Reviews and Complaints

Learn about reviews and complaints recorded by other customers to find out potentially positive and negative information about the insurer. Find positive and negative reviews on websites that allow consumers to record their experiences for other consumers to read. These reviews may provide surprising information about an entity that could lead you to decide not to choose them as your insurer. You might also learn positive information about the way a business takes care of its customers. Optimally, the corporation you choose should have very few or even no complaints lodged against it from other customers.

Once you gather extensive information about a company, you will have the data you need to choose a quality business for your coverage needs. This will enable you to put your trust and confidence in this corporation, knowing that it will assist you financially if you need it.

Do You Need Public Liability Insurance?

Do I Need Public Liability Insurance?

If you are Self Employed, or own a Business you must have Public Liability Insurance in case of an accident. A member of the public, a contractor, Client or member of staff (if you are an employer) can claim compensation against you. As a tradesman or any worker on site – you have a Duty Of Care to those around you to work safely and with professional integrity – but accidents do happen, there will always be unexpected professional oversights. You must protect your livelihood in case someone claims against you – otherwise you could lose everything.

‘Where there’s blame, there’s a claim’ is our culture these day’s, and accidents will always happen in the work place and on site despite best intentions and anyone who gets injured, or property becomes damaged as a result of you or your business could be eligible to claim against you.

The most common types of claims fall into a small number of categories:

• Slips, trips and falls-these make up the majority of claims, and are the hardest to prevent.

• Stress and anxiety, due to hold ups, for example Electrical malfunction, or delayed finishes to building projects affecting the next tier of tradesmen beginning – example: the plasterers run over the finish date which in turn hold up the decorators.

• Falling objects, i.e. striking against or struck by

Do I Need Professional Indemnity Insurance?

If your business offers advice you may also need ‘Professional Indemnity Insurance’, which covers you in the event you give incorrect advice and a business or client were to suffer financial losses as a result. This is also valuable for trades such as Financial Planning, Business Consultants and IT Consultants. This is not instead of Public Liability Insurance, some trades will need both.

Do I Need Employers Liability Insurance?

If you employ any staff, you must have Employers Liability Insurance; this is direct protection for your staff against any accidents or illness which is caused by your or your business.

Imagine if your administrator were to suffer symptoms of RSI while in your employment, or a gardeners apprentice was to suffer injuries as a result of having a go with a hedge trimmer while you were busy elsewhere? These are very real risks, and you are required by law to have this in place, for protection of those in your employment.

Example: Plumbers business – a customer moves some pipes that were left propped up against the wall in a bid to prevent them falling, in doing so they accidentally cause the apprentice to trip and fall, breaking his wrist. This requires 6 weeks off work on statutory sick pay while the injury recovers. The apprentice can now launch a claim against his employer for compensation, and loss of earnings, as the injury was caused by the client in the workplace.