Once a policy’s limit is reached, commercial umbrella insurance provides additional coverage for liability claims made on general liability, commercial auto, or employer’s liability insurance.
The costs of a lawsuit against your real estate business can quickly add up – even to the point where your insurance coverage isn’t enough to cover it. Commercial umbrella insurance, similar to excess liability insurance, can pay for claims that exceed the limit on your liability policy.
An umbrella insurance policy can boost the coverage limits of your:
Most real estate businesses purchase umbrella insurance to satisfy client contracts that require policy limits higher than $2 million.
Umbrella insurance activates when the limits are exhausted on the underlying policy.
For example, say your employee fails to use a wet floor sign after mopping the office floor. Your client slips and falls, suffering a serious head injury that leaves them unable to work for months. The client sues you for $2.5 million in damages.
If your real estate business has general liability insurance with a $2 million per-occurrence limit, that policy would cover the first $2 million. Then your umbrella policy would kick in as supplemental insurance and cover the remaining $500,000.
A commercial umbrella liability policy simply mirrors the coverage of the underlying policies, which may include:
Umbrella insurance/excess liability insurance provides coverage after you reach the limit of your general liability policy. It can help cover legal costs and medical bills related to:
Umbrella coverage will also cover claims on the general liability portion of a business owner’s policy (BOP), which bundles general liability insurance with commercial property insurance at a discount.
The cost of a car accident involving multiple vehicles can go sky high if the other drivers sue for damages. Having car insurance is a must in order to protect yourself financially.
Real estate umbrella insurance covers liability claims that exhaust the limits on your commercial auto policy. It also extends coverage on hired and non-owned auto insurance for real estate professionals who drive their own vehicles for work purposes.
If you or one of your employees gets into an auto accident, it can cover legal costs related to:
Being in real estate can involve physical work, which is why umbrella insurance is a recommended policy for professions like commercial landlords, property managers, and real estate agents. If one of your employees blames an injury on a lack of proper equipment or other negligence, they could sue.
When an employee lawsuit over an injury escalates and exceeds the limits on employer’s liability insurance (usually included in workers’ compensation insurance), a commercial umbrella policy kicks in to cover the remaining defense costs. It adds an extra layer of protection to your existing coverage.
In addition to commercial umbrella insurance and its underlying policies, real estate professionals should also consider:
Cyber liability insurance: This policy helps real estate businesses survive data breaches and cyberattacks. It can help cover client notification expenses and other associated costs.
Errors and omissions insurance (E&O): Also called professional liability insurance, this policy can cover legal costs of lawsuits related to a real estate professional's business decisions.
Lessor's risk only (LRO) insurance: This policy protects commercial landlords from tenant lawsuits over property damage and injuries.
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