The 10 Most Common Claims for Contractors Last Year

As a contractor working hard to make a go of it in the competitive and challenging market, there are plenty of reasons to purchase insurance to protect you and your business. After all, and according to Murphy’s Law, “Anything that can go wrong will go wrong, and at the worst possible time.” With that in mind, contractors may encounter various situations that lead to insurance claims. Here are 10 common types of insurance claims filed by contractors:

  1. Property Damage Claims: Damage to client property during construction, renovation, or repair work can result in claims. This may include accidental damage to the structure, contents, or landscaping.
  2. Bodily Injury Claims: Accidents can happen on construction sites, leading to injuries to workers or third parties. Workers’ compensation insurance covers injuries to employees, while general liability insurance addresses injuries to third parties.
  3. Construction Defect Claims: Claims may arise if there are defects or issues in the construction work that lead to property damage or unsafe conditions. Professional liability insurance can provide coverage for claims related to errors or omissions.
  4. Faulty Workmanship Claims: Clients may file claims if they are dissatisfied with the quality of work or if the completed project does not meet agreed-upon standards. Professional liability insurance can be essential in such cases.
  5. Tool and Equipment Theft or Damage Claims: Theft or damage to tools and equipment can disrupt construction projects. Insurance covering contractor’s tools and equipment helps recover the costs of replacement or repair.
  6. Weather-Related Damage Claims: Natural disasters or severe weather conditions can cause damage to construction sites, materials, or completed work. Property insurance can cover the costs associated with weather-related damage.
  7. Subcontractor Disputes: Claims may arise due to issues with subcontractors, such as delays, breaches of contract, or faulty work. Insurance coverage for contractual liability or errors and omissions can be relevant in these situations.
  8. Vehicle Accidents: Contractors often use vehicles for transportation of materials and personnel. Commercial auto insurance can cover damages and liability resulting from accidents involving company vehicles.
  9. Business Interruption Claims: Unexpected events like fire, flood, or other disasters may lead to business interruption. Business interruption insurance helps cover lost income and ongoing expenses during the downtime.
  10. Employee Theft or Dishonesty Claims: Claims related to theft or dishonest acts by employees can be covered by a fidelity bond or employee dishonesty insurance. This provides protection against financial losses caused by employee dishonesty.

Contractors should carefully review their insurance policies to ensure they have adequate coverage for these common risks. It’s crucial to work closely with an insurance professional to tailor policies to the specific needs and risks associated with the contractor’s business.

We have extensive experience insuring contractors from small one person outfits to larger more complex operations.  We can help make sure you get the right coverage at the best price.  If you have any questions, call the insurance experts at Munn Insurance at 1-855-726-8627.  We’d be happy to help.

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