Has your Business Interruption Insurance Claim Been Denied?
Millions of business owners are finding themselves in financial disaster and ruin due to the coronavirus pandemic. Those with business interruption policies, are counting on this insurance to replace lost income, pay bills and cover payroll.
The question is, will your insurance provider honor it? Most are currently denying claims related to the coronavirus so you may want to consult with an attorney experienced in handling insurance disputes, who can advise on a wide variety of related issues and who can help you pull together a detailed business interruption claim.
Business interruption insurance
Business interruption insurance, also referred to as business income insurance, replaces lost income and amounts paid for bills and payroll in the event of a disaster that forces the business to close or reduce operations.
In general, policies cover (but are not necessarily limited to):
- Profits lost which normally would have been earned
- Fixed costs, such as rent and utility costs and other operating expenses
- Expenses of operating from a temporary location (i.e., if you have to move the business to a temporary location)
Unfortunately, disagreement exists regarding whether business interruption insurance policies should cover losses caused by a pandemic.
On April 6, the American Property Casualty Insurance Association (APCIA), the primary national trade association for home, auto, and business insurers, issued a statement. It says, “Many commercial insurance policies, including those that have business interruption coverage, do not provide coverage for communicable diseases or viruses such as COVID-19. Pandemic outbreaks are uninsured because they are uninsurable.”
To complicate matters further, lawmakers in several states are proposing bills to force insurance companies to pay for COVID-19-related losses under business interruption insurance policies. Currently that includes New Jersey, Massachusetts, Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Louisiana; and many are calling for federal legislation.
Another potential means of recovery could be the proposed Pandemic Risk Insurance Act of 2020 (PRIA), which would create “a Federal program that provides for a transparent system of shared public and private compensation for business interruption losses resulting from a pandemic or outbreak of communicable disease.”
- Find blog articles related to Insurance Disputes.
- More States Introduce COVID-19 Business Interruption Bills
- Covering Losses with Business Interruption Insurance, Insurance Information Institute
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If you own a business and were told by an insurance company that your business interruption insurance policy does not cover coronavirus-related claims, contact us for a free, no-obligation review of your case.