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Insurance Market Update

We are in the midst of a correcting market. 

High aggregate loss ratios since 2013, underpriced risks, and lack of adequate rate increases (until recently) lead to a hardening market. The COVID-19 pandemic has escalated the matter. Notably, we see issues in D&O, EPLI, and Medical Malpractice E&O markets where there is as much as a 60% rate increase in some cases to non-renewal in others. Here are some specific industry trends we have observed. 
Directors & Officers Coverage (D&O)

  • Claims: Rise in class action lawsuits
  • Premiums: Dramatic rate and retention increases 
  • Underwriting: Restricted guidelines

Professional Errors & Omissions Coverage (E&O)

  • Claims: Anticipate increased healthcare and other COVID-19 related claims
  • Premiums: Increased healthcare premiums 
  • Underwriting: COVID-19 exclusions and non-renewals

Employment Practice Liability (EPLI)

  • Claims: Dramatic increase in claims relating to leave, layoff, alleged wrongful termination, and retaliation.  
  • Premiums: Spikes in rate and retention in some classes and states.
  • Underwriting: New business moratoriums and COVID exclusions, prominently restricted for classes impacted by COVID-19 including event management, fitness facilities, healthcare, hospitality, retail, etc 

We are here to help you secure coverage that suits your insured’s needs. 
To improve our success and reduce your stress. 

  • Reach out to your insured at a minimum of 30-days before their policy termination (sooner is better). 
  • Educate your clients, so they are prepared.  
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We have survived challenging markets in the past, and together we will overcome these hurdles as well. Please contact us with your questions, requests for articles/resources, and other concerns so we can help you get the best results.