Most leaders have no idea whether or not their business or organization carries enough liability insurance. Many tell me, “I have an umbrella, so that should be fine,” and then end the discussion there. Even those who give the size of their umbrella some thought may not fully appreciate the size of injury payouts. If you fit into this category of “umbrella purchaser,” you probably have
Due to the personal violation inherent in claims of this nature, the legal principle of “innocent until proven guilty” does not often seem to apply here. Should a mission have a serious fire, you might expect to see an increase in donations coming from the community so as to help restore the affected building. However, when the press reports an allegation of A&M at your mission, the news may be met by mission benefactors with surprising little charity, especially if the accused is
I reviewed my credit card statement recently and was surprised to find that I had paid a utility bill in California and purchased a widescreen TV in Colorado. Since I live in New York, I was pretty certain it was not a matter of my poor memory. More recently, bus ticket purchases from Mexico were denied by my credit card company. I don’t know how these thieves were able to get my credit card number, but I do know this is part of the risk of living in an increasingly electronic-dependent society. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, in 2010, 7% of households
“E&O” stands for Errors & Omissions liability insurance. This is an essential form of insurance for any mission that provides pastoral counseling, lay counseling or medical services. Because general liability policies always exclude counseling and medical services, it is necessary to purchase this separately, or endorse it onto the liability policy. In addition to providing a settlement for a lost lawsuit, this coverage also will provide the insurance company’s best attorneys to defend the mission against allegations of professional malfeasance. A common lawsuit may involve
“D&O” stands for Directors & Officers liability insurance. This is an essential form of insurance that provides both defense and settlement for the mission’s Board of Directors and the mission’s Officers (CEO, CFO, Executive Director, etc.) The trigger for coverage to respond is that the Board and/or the mission’s Officers must have been accused of a “wrongful act.” There need not have been any actual bodily injury or property damage arising out of the alleged act, but there must be an allegation of something that was done “wrong.”
A thorny question for missions—and one that requires an understanding of a “hidden loophole” in almost every insurance policy—is whether or not the mission’s insurance policy provides coverage for guests. While most insurance policies provide liability protection (coverage against injuries and property damage of “others” that may be the result of the mission’s negligence), the question becomes who is insured versus who are “others”?