Dear Valued Client,
As Independence Day approaches, we wanted to take a moment to reach out and extend our warmest wishes for a joyous and memorable July 4th celebration.
First and foremost, we hope that this message finds you and your loved ones safe and in good health.
While this year’s celebrations may still carry some restrictions and precautions, we encourage you to make the most of the festivities. Whether you choose to enjoy a backyard barbecue, watch a breathtaking fireworks display, or spend quality time with your family and friends, we hope that you find joy and happiness in every moment.
We also want to take a moment to express our heartfelt gratitude for your continued trust and support. Our relationship with our esteemed clients, is the cornerstone of our success. It is through your partnership that we are able to strive for excellence and deliver the best service possible. Please know that we value your patronage deeply and look forward to continuing to serve you with the utmost dedication in the months and years to come.
May your day and weekend be filled with laughter, love, and cherished memories. As we look ahead to a brighter future, let us embrace the spirit of unity and optimism that this day represents.
Happy Independence Day!
Tony and the Scurich Insurance Team
In legal terms, an act of God isn’t, in fact, a religious experience. Well, that’s not to say that an act of God couldn’t be a religious experience, it’s just that that’s not inherent in the legal definition of the term. An act of God essentially comes down to the unforeseen and the unpreventable. You can reduce the likelihood of accidents on the job site by making sure that you don’t allow any drinking, fighting or general carelessness on site, you can reduce the likelihood of accidents on the road through proper auto maintenance, but you can’t prevent a flood or an earthquake no matter how many safety courses you attend.
Acts of God will exempt a party from strict liability and from negligence in common law. Many building contracts have a provision allowing for acts of God to excuse unexpected delays in a project’s completion. However, damages and delays owing to a natural disaster may be disputed as acts of God in some circumstance.
The key word is “unforeseeable.” If someone falls off of a scaffolding and spends the next four weeks in a cast because of an earthquake, then that will usually be chalked up to an act of God. If they saw a storm coming in, decided to keep working, and then got struck by lightning, then the “act of God” claim may be contested.
“Act of God” is sort of a liability free-pass card, exempting you from responsibility for things that you couldn’t possibly have predicted. There are a few steps that you can take to ensure that there is no gray area, no room for doubt when you need to lean on this legal term:
- Keep tabs on the weather. Don’t assume, for instance, that a storm “isn’t going to be as bad as they say.” It might not be so bad, but do you want to bet your career on it?
- Keep all of your safety equipment in tip top shape. You don’t want to give people any wiggle room to say that that safety harness would have snapped eventually with or without the earthquake.
- This goes for your vehicles, as well. It’s hard to claim a small flood as an “act of God” when your truck was the only one slipping and sliding across the road.
An act of God can be a sort of Get Out Of Jail Free card when it comes to liability, but you can’t play it every time.
Summertime fun often includes swimming in the pool. Whether you already have a pool in your backyard or are thinking about putting one in this year, you may wonder if your home insurance will cover your pool.
Personal Liability Coverage
If someone is injured while swimming in your pool, the personal liability coverage on your homeowners insurance policy will pay for it. Update this coverage amount when you install your pool to ensure it’s sufficient.
Related Structure Coverage
Your insurance company may classify your new in-ground pool as a related structure, similar to a storage shed or detached garage. Increase the related structure coverage on your homeowners insurance policy to cover damage to your pool. Keep in mind that this coverage won’t pay for pool maintenance.
Find the majority of backyard pools in warm climates. Based on this fact, insurance costs for your pool may be cheaper if you live in the warmer southern states and more expensive if you live in cooler northern states.
Erect a Fence
To prevent accidents in the pool, many insurance companies stipulate that you surround your pool with a fence that includes a self-latching gate. Consider whether or not you have the space and ability to erect a fence before you install a pool.
Consider the Diving Board or Slide
Some insurance companies won’t cover accidents that happen on the diving board or slide. That policy will influence whether or not you install one of those pool accessories.
Consider an Umbrella Policy
Even if your homeowners insurance policy covers your pool, consider an umbrella policy. It provides extra coverage after your homeowners insurance limits are met. The extra protection gives you peace of mind if you need to file any pool-related claims.
A backyard pool provides hours of fun every summer. Before you install one, though, talk to your insurance agent. Get all the facts.