For some organizations, preparing for a catastrophe is embedded into business operations and always top of mind. For others, it might not even be on their radar. The truth is damaging incidents can happen anytime, anywhere. Catastrophic claims can arise regardless of the industry or size of a company and have the potential to bankrupt an organization if not protected.
The value of a claim is not always directly correlated to whether a claim is defined as catastrophic. While some types of claims are immediately identified as catastrophic, others are not easily identifiable and may develop over time. Catastrophic claims can include fatalities, serious injuries, incidents that involve multiple claimants or class actions, and events that threaten an organization’s reputation.
Catastrophic events are often unexpected but having mitigation tools in place can lessen the blow and help organizations quickly respond to and manage an incident. Partnering with brokers with a thorough understanding of the steps to take when a catastrophe occurs is key to ensuring your business is in the best possible position.
Mitigating Loss When Disaster Strikes
When a catastrophe occurs, the way in which an organization responds can change the nature of a catastrophic claim and affect the ultimate outcome. Here are the key steps organizations should take following a catastrophe:
Preparing for the Unexpected
Having the appropriate mitigation practices in place before an incident occurs is also fundamental to improving outcomes. Without them, organizations can end up with increased costs and losses. To ensure prompt and effective response, the following preventative measures must be in place:
Taking Control of the Outcome
Insurance carriers are paying billions of dollars each year for covered catastrophic losses. Rising litigation costs, plaintiff-friendly legal decisions and larger jury awards as a result of social inflation are leading to increased payouts, losses, and coverage costs.
In this environment, it is increasingly important for businesses to prepare for catastrophic events and have the right partners in place to help. An insurance broker can be an invaluable resource when an incident arises, providing advice, consult, and guidance throughout the claims process.
At Conner Strong & Buckelew, our insurance brokers lead the industry in catastrophic claims guidance and have strong relationships with carriers to ensure coordination and the best possible outcomes for clients. Our robust team of claims consultants and safety experts work side by side with our clients to deliver a holistic approach to managing and preventing catastrophic claims, with expertise in managing claims and implementing safety and risk control programs.
To review your current coverage and make sure you are protected when catastrophe strikes, contact a Conner Strong & Buckelew representative.