The Insurance Certificate Hack for Winning Prospects

I am back in the saddle now that I’m off the road, and this content is going to come to you fast and furious. Today I’m going to share with you one of the easiest hacks that I have that you can use to drive a wedge with a prospect, and it comes from all places Certificates of insurance.

Maximizing Umbrella Coverage: The Importance of Workers' Comp Limits

For crying out loud! What are you talking about, David? What in the world are you doing with certificates? Well, listen, I could go down the easy road and say that I look at certificates to make sure that the auto limits are right and the General Liability limits are right. We all know to do that. But here’s the one that I find more often than not allows me to have a conversation past that initial stage with the prospect, and it involves the umbrella, but specifically workers’ compensation. How many times have you looked at a certificate of insurance and you see that the Employer’s Liability limits on the umbrella are at the state minimum or on the workers’ comp? Rather, how many times have you looked at a certificate of insurance and realized that the employer’s liability limits on the workers comp are at the state minimum? We know that the umbrella is not going to write over top of that, and it is an extremely inexpensive charge for you to take those limits from state minimum to a million across the board, so you get the full benefit of the umbrella riding over top of it.

Understanding Employer Liability Limits: A Must-Know for Young Producers

Now, if you’re a younger producer who’s new to the game, this may not seem like a big deal to you, but I have to tell you, getting a little longer in the tooth as an old dog these days. I’ve seen some claims that hit those employer liability limits. More importantly, I’ve seen them hit the umbrella because the employer liability limits were exhausted. Thank God my clients had million-dollar limits. We’ll get into more about what that looks like, talking about occupational disease and some of the ways that other people can sue an employer under employer’s liability, but for right now, what you need to know is there’s really no reason to ever write employer liability limits for anything less than a million across the board.

Protecting Your Clients: Ensuring Your Umbrella Insurance Does Its Job

If you’re writing umbrellas for your clients right now, I would highly recommend that you go back and look to make sure that it’s doing what it’s supposed to do and writing over everything, including those employer liabilities on the workers comp. If it’s not, you’re leaving yourself open to a guy like me coming in and pointing it out, and I can promise you when I use the claim scenarios that I use, I’m going to get that business owner’s attention. So take some time, review your clients, look at the certificates you’re issuing and make sure that umbrella is doing its job and you’re going to be safe from the predators out there.


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