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“Bodily Injury Liability” on my Car Insurance…

I dare you to work the phrase “bodily injury” into normal conversation. Fortunately, the concept is quite straightforward, even if it does have an uncomfortable ring to it. “Bodily Injury” appears on a car insurance policy in the phrase, “Liability for Bodily Injury – Per Person and Per Accident.” In insurance, “bodily injury”...

Determining the lowest premium

Many times people who call me for car insurance quotes are satisfied just by hearing the “cost per month.” It seems simple: Determine the lowest total cost, and you know what you are getting into. But in fact, hidden costs can lurk beneath the surface. Here are some questions to...

Glossary of terms associated with a Merriam Auto Policy

The following are terms are associated with an Automobile Policy at Merriam Insurance Agency. Liability: A person’s responsibility to another for injury he/she caused or damages he/she caused to another’s property. Bodily Injury: Your insurance company will pay for Bodily Injury to another that you are legally responsible for because...

How to Buy Car Insurance 101

“Yes, is this the insurance agency? I need car insurance. The cheapest you have!” For many people, the monthly premium is the most important factor in choosing car insurance. They may try to pay attention to having “good coverage,” but often are not sure what that means, and end up...

How to Get Your Experience Mod Worksheet

Your Experience Modification Worksheet provides critical calculation info for underwriters. The worksheet allows them to get a quick glance at the riskiness of your organization. NCCI (the National Council on Compensation Insurance) manages the Workers Compensation details in most states. A few states (see map) operate their own independent bureau....

Going the Extra Mile

The early snowfall in Western New York this past winter caught national attention when the Buffalo Bills had to play a “home” game in Detroit, because there was too much snow to get to the stadium. This is a rare problem for people in that part of the state. They...

Benefit Advisors — Educating Employers and Employees

There is a need to help employers and employees understand the changing landscape of benefits and the way in which they are funded. An increase in the offering of consumer-driven health care products has not translated into increased understanding on the part of consumers, thus exposing a greater need for educational tools and assistance from benefits professionals. The role of educating employers and employees lies with the benefits adviser.