Curious About Your Business Interruption Coverage?
Coronavirus has affected lives, businesses, and communities around the world. Many businesses have temporarily closed due to law, choice, or economic conditions in order to protect our communities from this pandemic. These temporary closures result in businesses losing vital income that could potentially lead them to shut down for good. We’ve developed this page to provide helpful information and free policy reviews.
Does My Business Interruption Insurance Cover Losses Related To Coronavirus?
The question for many policyholders now is whether their business interruption coverage will protect them from losses incurred from Coronavirus. Unless you have recently purchased your insurance policy, you will likely not see Coronavirus mentioned. However, you may be entitled to coverage if there is mention of coverage extended for incidents triggered by a pandemic or epidemic. You may also find coverage under a civil authority provision due to state-mandated closure orders.
We recommend thoroughly reviewing your policy to determine the extent of your business interruption coverage. If you are unsure whether your policy allots coverage for a pandemic, review your policy with an experienced attorney. They will be able to help you interpret your policy in order to figure out whether you are entitled to any coverage benefits.
Are There Any Exclusions For Viruses In Business Interruption Coverage?
Some policies may contain exclusions for viral outbreaks, but this doesn’t automatically mean you are unable to receive coverage. We recommend allowing an attorney to review your exact policy language with you to identify any possible exclusions, namely for viruses. Merlin Law Group would be happy to provide a free policy review for those curious about their business interruption coverage.
Is There Any Legislation Relating To Coronavirus Insurance Claims?
There are some states with pending legislation that would help provide relief to business owners looking to file business interruption claims. We recommend you pay attention to your state government to see whether they pass any legislation that could offer some form of financial assistance.
How Should I Proceed With Filing A Business Interruption Claim?
Given the uncertainties surrounding Coronavirus as it pertains to insurance coverage, you should consult with an attorney that specializes in insurance claims first. They will be able to help you understand your policy and what options you have for pursuing a business interruption claim. Before you file a claim, you should:
- Obtain a copy of your insurance policy. Look for your Declarations Page, which lists all coverage and exclusions. If you cannot locate a copy of your policy, contact your insurance agent to have them send it to you.
- Keep record of all losses incurred as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This should include all losses related to payroll, closures, and other business operation expenses.
- Review your policy with an experienced attorney. They will verify the best course of action based on the circumstances.
Free Policy Review
Merlin Law Group is here to help. Our attorneys are happy to review your policy and individual case to determine the extent of your insurance coverage for business interruption due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please use the form to the right to provide us with your information. From there, our team will be in contact to conduct a free case review.
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