“The policy language can be complex and difficult to comprehend,” says Brenn. “K&K realizes this, and we work hard to maintain excellent communications with our insureds. We direct and control all aspects of the litigation process. Assuming a covered claim, the policy will protect for liability up to the applicable limits. I strongly urge our insureds to have a secondary Umbrella Policy to protect against any catastrophic loss. Failure to do so can result in an excess judgment, which could be fatal to the business.”
The point is that you’re not alone in the litigation process. In addition to the defense counsel handling the suit, insureds are supported by paralegals, investigators, surveillance teams, medical, and liability experts. These players work interactively for your defense. Defense costs can be significant, but they’re all part of your coverage.
“In many of our cases, waivers are applicable, and it becomes our goal to file summary judgment motions to extinguish suits as a matter of law,” he adds.
Never Take Any Potential Suit Lightly
Is there a difference between steps you take if you think something has happened that might become a claim vs. when something actually does?
“I recommend to all our insureds that they treat all accidents as though they will become claims or potential lawsuits,” asserts Brenn. “Prepare for the worst-case scenario. We live in an extremely litigious society where it’s all fun until someone gets hurt. I’ve had many a case where our insured thought an incident was minor, didn’t document it, and failed to retain video. A year later the attorney rep letter comes in and it’s discovered that the claimant underwent back surgery and incurred $250,000 in medical bills.”
Take preventative action by retaining video, completing accident reports, and submitting them to your insurer. Just the submission doesn’t mean a claim will be set up and investigated, so it won’t impact your rates.
“We regularly record many matters as ‘Notice Only,’ which protects you in giving the company proper notice. In the event something should develop, then we can easily convert the incident to a claim,” adds Brenn.
Get Your Best Defense
“K&K actively stands ready to defend our insureds and what separates us from most other companies is how we handle, respond, and communicate,” he says. “We are experts in recreational litigation. We know waivers and membership agreements. We know Assumption of Risk laws. Being served a lawsuit for many insureds can be a frightening and traumatic experience. We recognize this and assure our insureds their case will be handled diligently and with the expertise they expect. K&K claims/litigation is a team with our underwriters, defense counsel, and others who work together to achieve favorable results. We will never promise something we cannot deliver on, and we always act in the best interests of our insureds.”
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