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Benefits of a proactive approach to mitigate the risks of underinsurance

April 18, 2024

Businesses operating in high-risk industry sectors have complex insurance requirements and therefore, taking a proactive approach to underinsurance is vital. By doing so, you can ensure that your business has the correct levels of cover in place to protect you, in the unfortunate event that you need to make a claim.

In this article, our specialists highlight the benefits of taking a proactive approach to avoid the risk of underinsurance, such as:

Financial protection

Addressing underinsurance early can lead to cost savings in the long run. While increasing coverage may involve additional premiums, it can prevent much larger financial losses that may occur due to inadequate coverage in the event of a claim.

Risk management

Proactively identifying underinsurance helps mitigate the risk of financial loss in the event of a claim. By ensuring that all assets, liabilities, and potential risks are adequately covered, you reduce the likelihood of being financially vulnerable in case of unexpected events.

Legal and contractual compliance 

Proactively managing underinsurance helps ensure that you remain compliant with legal and regulatory requirements. In many cases, there are minimum insurance requirements mandated by law, especially in industries such as healthcare, finance, and construction. Failing to meet these requirements can result in penalties and legal consequences.

Facilitating growth

Adequate insurance coverage is often a prerequisite for growth and expansion. Lenders, investors, and business partners may require assurance that adequate insurance coverage is in place before committing to a deal or partnership. Addressing underinsurance proactively can facilitate business growth opportunities.

Streamlined claims process

In the event of a claim, having adequate insurance coverage simplifies the claims process. Ensuring appropriate cover levels are in place means there's less likelihood of disputes with insurers over coverage limits, which can expedite the resolution of claims and minimise disruptions to operations.

Improved decision-making

Having a clear understanding of insurance coverage and risks enables business owners to make informed decisions about risk retention, transfer, or mitigation. Proactive management of insurance needs contributes to a more strategic and resilient business.

A proactive approach to underinsurance is essential for safeguarding a business's financial health, ensuring legal compliance, and promoting overall resilience in the face of uncertainties. By working closely with your insurance broker, you can ensure your business has the correct level of cover in place to protect you in the event of a claim.


What are the consequences of underinsurance?

Find out more about how your business may be impacted in the event of a claim if you do not have the correct level of cover in place.

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