Directors and Officers (D & O) Liability Update
Every business, no matter what the size, has a D & O exposure. Some people may mistakenly think that D & O risks are just for large firms, but actual court cases tell a different story. D & O claims come about because of decisions made by the firm’s officers and employees. Claims can come from employees, competitors, investors, and the government. Most of these kinds of claims are not covered under a standard commercial insurance policy.
Here are some interesting facts brought to you by the Insurance Information Institute:
- Over 53% of privately held firms have had D & O related claims.
- Twenty-five percent of companies have had an employment-related claim.
- The average defense cost for a D & O claim is around $75,000.
- Firms with less than 50 employees have the same percentage of claims as larger firms.
Here are some of the kinds of claims to which your business is exposed:
If you misrepresent your company’s services, financials or other information, third parties may sue you for your actions. This can include services you say you provide on your webpage or financial information you provide to a lender.
Breach of Duty
Your firm’s officers and employees are required to carry out their duties with a standard of honesty and professionalism. If these legal duties are breached, you are subject to litigation by the injured party.
Your employees can sue the business for a variety of employment issues that can be covered under a D & O or employment practices liability policy. No matter the type of company being run or the size, having directors and officers liability insurance can benefit the company in many ways. Denver is a fast growing city, and home to some of the largest corporations in the United States. DCInsurers – Mountain is proud to help the people and businesses of this booming region get the coverage they need in order to achieve success. Talk to one of our commercial insurance brokers and see why we are the number one independent insurance agency in Colorado. Either online or over the phone, we can help you find the coverage you need at the price you deserve.