Reasons You Need A Personal Umbrella Policy
You have worked hard to earn your lifestyle. One accident or claim can ruin all your financial planning. A Personal Umbrella Liability coverage added to your other policies can protect you, your spouse, and any relatives living in your home.
Umbrella Insurance provides extra protection or limits above the liability insurance you currently have. Just as an umbrella protects you from heavy rain, an umbrella insurance policy protects you from losing the entirety of your wealth and assets in the event of a claim. Umbrella insurance can provide limits above your business insurance, personal auto, and home policies.
Umbrella insurance provides broad insurance beyond traditional insurance. It provides additional liability coverage above the limits of your primary insurance policies. It can also provide coverage for claims that may be excluded by the primary policies
Actual Claim Examples
A babysitter left a 5-month-old infant unattended in a walker. The infant toppled the walker, struck her head on the floor, and suffered brain damage. The parents of the infant sued the teenage babysitter and her parents. The court awarded the infant’s parents $11,000,000.
A teenager, who was destined for greatness as a softball player, filed a $700,000 lawsuit against her former coach, alleging his “incorrect” teaching style ruined her chances for an athletic scholarship.
A 28-year old engineer dove into a friends above ground swimming pool struck his head on the bottom and, as a result, became a quadriplegic. He sued both the homeowner and the pool manufacturer. The court found the homeowner to be 60 percent responsible and the pool manufacturer to be 40 percent responsible and awarded $10,000,000.
The insured permitted several of her children and their friends to play paintball in her large back yard. The children were experienced and advised of all the safety rules, including the use of headgear at all times. A participant removed her headgear as she was leaving the field in order to hear better someone calling her name. The minor claimant was hit in the eye reselling in a $475,000 settlement.
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This information is intended for the client, individual or entity to which it is addressed. These articles contain concepts and opinions, and are not intended to represent the consensus of the insurance or risk community, nor to provide professional legal or tax advice. Please seek professional legal or tax counsel before making any decisions. The information provided does not change or modify any insurance policy, only the actual terms of the in-force policies will govern claim settlements.