Business Interruption Insurance Coverage
Business interruption insurance, also known as business income coverage, is designed to help businesses in the event of a catastrophe, such as a fire or other disaster. When a disaster hits your business location, your business may be temporarily shut down. Because of this, your business income may suffer and you will continue to incur fixed expenses such as rent, utilities, etc. Standard property insurance policies do not cover income loss caused by temporary business closure. Business interruption insurance is not sold by itself, but as part of a more comprehensive business owner's policy or added to a property insurance policy.
Business interruption insurance may cover:
- Profits you would have earned had your business not been damaged by a covered loss based on your historical financial data;
- Operating expenses, such as rent, electricity, etc., that may still be incurred despite a temporary business closure;
- Expenses incurred from running your business from a temporary location until repairs are completed at your permanent business location;
- Extra expenses incurred that result in keeping the business location open while reducing business interruption costs.
Businesses have a duty under insurance policy language to mitigate or reduce losses. Following a loss, insureds may be unsure as to the extent to which business interruption insurance will cover losses. Despite the uncertainty, business income loss claims should be filed as quickly as possible. Professional assitance will be required to determine all of the losses, getting the claim prepared, and more importantly, getting the claim paid.
Level the Playing Field with Your Insurance Company
Your time is better spent working on sustaining your business. Not on fighting with the insurance company. As a former claims adjuster, I will navigate the claims process for you, letting you focus on what you do best: taking care of your business. Let us level the playing field for you.
Insurance companies are in the business of making money. By delaying claims, insurance companies get to hold on to their money a little longer. Money that is invested somewhere earning them money. As far as insurance companies go, the only thing better than delaying a claim is denying a claim.
Insurance claims lawyer J.P Gonzalez-Sirgo has been representing insureds in insurance claims since 1994 and along with an experienced team we hold insurance companies to their word. We do exactly what insurance companies fear: We hold them to the promises that they made in the insurance policy that they sold you.
We use our experience and the experience of our selected consultants to analyze your business interruption damages and the available coverage under your policy and other issues such as:
Business Interruption Insurance Claims Issues
- Denied Claims
- Underpaid Claims
- Lowballed Claims
- Claims Delays
- Rejected Claims
- Actual Business Income Loss Sustained
- Business Extra Costs Incurred
- Reasonable Business Repair Expenses
- Total or Partial Periods of Business Suspension
- Sales Projections and Cost of Sales Limitations
- Savings in Discontinued Business Expenses
- Expediting Expenses
- Loss Mitigation
- Insurance Coverage Dispute
- Requests for Examinations Under Oath
- Requests for Sworn Statements
- Requests for Recorded Statements
- Issues Related to Actual Cash Value
- Issues Related to Replacement Cost Value
- Recovery for Theft or Vandalism Damage
- Costs of Debris Removal Issues
- Contents Claims Issues
- Law and Ordinance Issues
- Fraud or Arson Accusations
- Total Loss or Constructive Total Loss Issues
- Appraisal or Appraiser Issues
- Umpire Issues
- Supplemental Claims
- Litigation and Trial
- Bad Faith
The Law Firm of J.P. Gonzalez-Sirgo, P.A. represents businesses with business interruption insurance claims resulting from damages caused by any of the following perils:
- Natural Disasters
- Water Damage
- Plumbing/Pipe Burst
We understand that as a business owner, it is your number one goal to get your business back up and moving forward as quickly as possible.
We represent business owners who have suffered damages to their business with the initial preparation and presentation of their business interruption insurance claim throughout negotiations, settlement discussions, and through litigation if necessary, including in state and federal courts.
In Case Of Business Interruption or Property Damage:
Mitigate, Document, Notify, and then CALL US Immediately
The moment that you suffer business interruption or commercial property damage, do as follows:
Use your best efforts to make temporary repairs so that the condition doesn't get worse. This will prevent the insurance company from later claiming that your claim losses are the result of your failure to mitigate your damages. For example, if you have a roof leak due to a storm, hire a roofer to put a tarp over the leak area. Try not to pay the repairman in cash for the temporary repairs and if you do have to pay in cash, get a receipt and his name and contact information. Submit the temporary repair receipts to your insurance company for payment.
Document, Document, and Document
Taking appropriate action right after the loss will help to properly present your claim for maximum results. It is very important that all business losses are identified and documented such as to quantify and report to the insurance company all business interruption losses.
Here are some additional documentation tips: Take pictures of all affected areas. Take video, if you can, of all affected areas. Hold on to any receipts and estimates for repairs. Get the contact information for any contractors that come to your place of business to give you estimates. Do not throw out any correspondence or documents that are sent to you by your insurance company. If you are mailing anything to your insurance company do it by certified mail, return receipt requested, and make copies of whatever you are sending for your records. Keep a journal of all your communications with your insurance company. If you become aware of any witnesses that have knowledge of any aspect of your claim, record their name and contact information. Don't throw out any of the business damaged property items from your business.
Put your insurance company on notice of your business interruption or business property damages. Call your insurance company and let them know what happened. Get the name of the insurance company adjuster assigned to your claim, his or her contact information and the claim number.
Let us use our experience to help you.