Navigating Business Interruption Insurance: Understanding Coverage and Limitations
Recent events have sparked discussions about business insurance and the extent of coverage, particularly in relation to Business Interruption Insurance. It is essential to recognize that almost every insurance policy includes exclusions, limitations, or the requirement for separate coverage to address specific circumstances. Just as flood damage is typically not covered by a basic homeowners’ insurance policy and may require separate coverage, there are various examples of limitations in both consumer and business insurance.
Business interruption insurance generally provides financial coverage for losses resulting from physical damage to a business or its inventory caused by covered calamities such as fires or storms. However, it’s important to note that losses incurred due to events like a viral outbreak, such as COVID-19, may not be covered under this policy.
Conversely, if a business suffers damage from civil unrest and is forced to close its doors, business interruption coverage may come into effect. In such cases, both the vandalism provisions and the financial losses due to the physical damage would likely be covered.
The realization that certain circumstances may lack coverage underscores the significance of periodically reviewing your business insurance policy. By carefully assessing the benefits and limitations of Business Interruption Insurance, businesses can proactively address any potential gaps in coverage. Understanding what is and isn’t covered and taking steps to address any concerns in advance is crucial.
If your business hasn’t undergone an insurance review in quite some time, we encourage you to reach out to one of our independent agents. They will take the time to understand your specific risks, concerns, and needs, and then work to find a policy that offers suitable coverage at a competitive price. Contact us today to ensure your business is well protected.