Liability insurance coverage is given in most businesses. However, policies do expire and sometimes companies need extended coverage to ensure they are protected from financial risks. In these circumstances, industry experts recommend tail policy coverage.
Tail Coverage Explained
A tail policy, also known as an Extended Reporting Policy, often shortened to ERP, allows the insured to make claims even after the initial policy expires or is canceled, as long as the act upon which the claim is based occurred during the policy term. For example, if a company paid for a liability policy for one year and then chose not to renew it, that company could purchase tail coverage for an additional year. This tail policy would allow that company to file claims against acts that took place during the initial insurance term.
When Tail Policies Help
Tail policies are helpful in multiple types of situations but especially during times of change such as when a company is being sold. While that business may choose not to renew its policy, it still needs protection during the process of changing owners. Tail coverage provides just such coverage, as that company can still make claims based on its original insurance. Tail policies are purchased for specific time periods and cannot be lengthened.
Extended reporting period coverage, or tail policies, offer business owners and managers peace of mind. They provide a financial safety net during transitional periods. When company executives and employees are protected, they can carry on with business as usual.