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As a construction firm, you have probably faced your share of claims. Unfortunately, it’s part of the job. Have you found yourself on hold with a claims adjustor when you should be at a project site? Wouldn’t it be helpful to have guidance through the entire claims process, so you can get back to business? Absolutely! Your Broker should be performing a thorough analysis on both your firm’s internal claims process, as well as the insurance carrier's claims procedures.
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As Wrap-Up Programs continue to become more popular, chances are, you have already found yourself enrolled in one. Make sure you have spoken to your Broker and removed the General Liability Wrap-Up Exclusion via endorsement on a blanket or project-specific basis.
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Accidents happen. Sometimes no matter how safe your company is, a claim can occur. It’s important that as an Owner/General Contractor your team knows what they need to do prior to any accident. Make sure you have clearly identified who will be responsible for completing the incident report if an accident were to occur (i.e. a Supervisor, etc.).
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The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many companies to shift their work environments. As we enter 2021, many employees are still in a hybrid (office/work-from-home) setting or an entirely remote environment. As such, employers should be aware of new litigation regarding work-from-home and compensability under their state’s Workers’ Compensation (WC) statutes.
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Small businesses in the United Kingdom (U.K.) celebrated a tremendous victory in the courts on Friday, January 15, 2021. The U.K. Supreme Court dismissed appeals by six insurers – Hiscox, RSA, QBE, Argenta, Arch and MS Amline – determining that “many thousands of policyholders will now have their claims for coronavirus-related (COVID-19) Business Interruption losses paid.”
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Wrap-Ups are a great risk management tool for large construction projects. There are many moving parts of a Wrap-Up program, which can seem overwhelming if you do not have the proper structure in place. The key elements of a Wrap-Up that create this structure include Program Design, Financial Risk, Administration, and Claims Management.
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An unprecedented court ruling regarding business interruption insurance claims impacted by COVID-19 ‘across the pond’ has many insurers and insureds anxiously awaiting any ripple effects to be felt in the U.S.
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Initially, courts dealt with a dearth of sophistication when determining the responsibility for the concurrent delay in the assessment of liquidated damages. Courts have now been permitting the assessment of liquidated damages, even where there are both Contractor and Owner-caused delays. Critical Path Method (CPM) scheduling software—aided by expert testimony—made a change in approach and willingness to use complex scheduling possible. Courts have tended to award liquidated damages with reasonable certainty when caused by the Contractor.
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Despite the fact there is a set project schedule, we often find that construction projects are delayed and finish later than expected. As a result, Owners will often attempt to assess their liquidated damages against their Contractors for the delay at the end of the project. In doing so, Contractors typically claim that the delay was either Owner-Caused or a Concurrent Delay, which means the delay occurred due to acts of others beyond their control by multiple, independent parties.