Loss runs are insurance carrier reports that show how many claims you’ve filed under your business insurance policies.
Insurance loss runs refer to your business insurance claims history. They are packaged in a report you can provide to prospective insurers when shopping for new coverage.
Much like credit scores allow banks to determine whether you’re a good candidate for a bank loan or credit card, loss runs allow insurers to assess how risky your business will be to insure. By requesting your loss runs, an insurer can review:
By assessing this data, insurers can determine whether you’ll be a satisfactory risk (and profitable customer) or a high risk (and unprofitable). Depending on their conclusion, they may charge you a higher premium or decline to issue a policy for your business.
If you have a lot of employees working in risky jobs, you might need loss runs to assess your firm’s safety culture. However, more commonly, you would need a loss run report to shop for a new insurance policy or carrier.
When you ask an insurer for an insurance quote, it will usually request anywhere from three to five years of loss run history in order to decide whether to insure you and at what cost (premium).
If your loss runs reveal that your business hardly ever experiences or causes property damage or bodily injury, you may qualify for significant premium discounts. This is similar to careful drivers getting safe-driver discounts from their auto insurers. Explore more options for finding affordable insurance.
A loss run report provides a full picture of how you used your business insurance during the current and prior policy periods. Information provided includes:
Just contact your account manager, agency, or insurer and tell them you need a loss run report. Specify how many years of claims history you need and your deadline for receiving the information.
Depending on the insurer, you may be able to receive your report in a day, in several days, or within a week. Taking longer than that may violate your state’s insurance regulations, which typically require fulfilling a loss runs request in 10 days or less.