How Can A Facebook Post Be You In Legal Trouble?

Social-MediaBF65A Texas jury has awarded a wedding photographer more than $1 million after determining a newly married couple unhappy with her work launched a social media campaign to post falsehoods about her. The Dallas County jury found Friday that the campaign against the business amounted to defamation. The jury unanimously found the couple acted of out malice in targeting the business in the months after their October 2014 wedding. (AP) Read article.

Does Your Homeowner’s Insurance Cover Social Media?

Social media has changed how we communicate with family and friends. Technology has made it so that anyone can have their voice heard and their comments recorded for posterity.  Among the greatest contributors to this revolution are your teenagers…and you can be held responsible for their actions.

What Kind Of Personal Insurance Claim Can Come From A Social Media Post?

Recently, a 16-year-old student sued five classmates and their parents for online harassment. Whether or not the allegations are true, the teenagers and their parents required legal resources to defend themselves for the possible judgments against them.

What Does Homeowner’s Insurance Provide?

Most people assume their homeowner’s insurance will cover any kind of claim that comes from social media content. However, you need to have personal injury coverage as part of your homeowner’s insurance policy. If you bought your insurance online you may not have this coverage.

Personal Injury coverage is an optional endorsement on the standard homeowner’s policy that provides protection for libel, slander, defamation of character, false arrest, malicious prosecution, and wrongful eviction. This coverage is also provided by most umbrella policies.

At North Bay Insurance Brokers, we know how hard you’ve worked to turn your house into a home. Since your home is one of the most important financial investments of your lifetime, you’ll need proper coverage in order to keep your investment protected and provide your family with the guarantee that they’ll always be safe and sound.

 

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Insurance Jeopardy… What Is, I Need Business Insurance For $500

Test Your Business Insurance IQ

We don’t expect you to be experts in business insurance, but we thought it might be fun to test you on what you do know about your business insurance. Business insurance is designed to cover unexpected losses. We can offer a wide range of business insurance options, so please call our office today.

Business Insurance Quiz (answers at the end)

  1. Your deductible is the amount you are responsible for if a covered loss occurs.

True       False

  1. Flood and earthquake coverage are always part of your business property coverage.

Ture       False

  1. Cyber Insurance is protection against losses caused by hackers from businesses dealing strictly in e-commerce, but it does not exist.

True       False

  1. Business Interruption covers your lost income no matter what kind of loss closes your business.

True       False

  1. My employees are prohibited from suing me, as this would be a workers’ compensation claim.

True       False

North Bay Insurance Brokers provides industry-specific insurance to businesses in Sonoma, Napa, Marin, Santa Rosa, Petaluma, American Canyon, and surrounding areas.

Every industry has specific needs when it comes to insurance. Industry-specific risks make it impossible for insurance companies to lump together one insurance plan for every business. At North Bay Insurance Brokers, we understand that being unique is what makes your business successful across the board. That’s why we provide industry-specific insurance options for businesses of all types.

Answers

  1. True-
  2. False- You need to add this coverage under a separate policy
  3. False- Cyber insurance can be purchase by all business
  4. False- Business interruption only applies to covered losses under the policy
  5. False- Your employees have rights under federal and state laws to sue you if they feel they have been wronged. You would need employment practices liability insurance in order to protect you and your business from employee lawsuits.

Ride Baby Ride… But Call Us First

A Motorcycle Insurance and Safety Update

In 2016, motorcycle crashes claimed the lives of 4,976 people—up 8.3 percent from 4,594 deaths in 2015.  Motorcyclists accounted for 14 percent of all traffic fatalities, 4 percent of all people injured, and 17 percent of all occupant (driver and passenger) fatalities, according to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) report.  Summer traditionally sees an increase in motorcycle accidents, primarily due to the increased number of riders on the roads.

Motorcycle Safety Should Be Your Primary Concern

  • With the warmer weather, it is tempting to leave your helmet at home. Please don’t.
  • Always be aware of the weather conditions.
  • Make sure you carry proper reflective gear along with replacement bulbs, and any other basic equipment that can help ensure your visibility.
  • Airbags—Honda Motorcycle Company is the first company to offer the option of an airbag, which is available on one of the most expensive models.

Motorcycle Insurance

According to the Insurance Information Institute, you should have the following coverage’s on your motorcycle.

Liability Coverage

Liability insurance covers bodily injury and property damage that you may cause to other people involved in an accident.  It does not cover you or your motorcycle.

Collision Coverage

Collision insurance covers damage to your motorcycle if you are involved in an accident. Your insurance company pays for damages, minus your deductible, caused when you collide with another vehicle or object. Collision insurance usually covers the book value of the motorcycle before the loss occurred.

Comprehensive Coverage

Comprehensive coverage pays for damages caused by an event other than a collision, such as fire, theft or vandalism. Like collision coverage, your insurance company will pay for damages, minus your deductible, and will cover only the book value of the motorcycle.  Keep in mind most comprehensive and collision coverages will only cover the factory standard parts on your motorcycle.

Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage

Uninsured/underinsured motorist (UM/UIM) coverage covers damages to you and/or your property caused by another driver who either does not have insurance (uninsured), or does not have adequate insurance (underinsured).

You buy California auto insurance to protect yourself when you have an accident or claim.  When something bad happens you want your auto insurance company to respond. When it comes to auto insurance, knowledge is power. Here are some facts to help educate you about auto insurance. At North Bay Insurance Brokers, Inc., we combine premium Auto Insurance with personalized service to give you the best coverage possible

 

You Are Up To Your Waste In Water…Are You Covered?

White house in water, floodA North Bay Flood Insurance Update

Winter will soon be over, and the arrival of spring rain can lead to major flooding.  In the past 5 years, all 50 states have experienced floods or flash floods.  Flood insurance cannot be purchased during a flood.  There is a 30 day waiting period once the application is processed. Therefore, it is a good idea to start thinking about flood insurance right now.

According to FloodSmart.gov, the official site of the National Flood Insurance Program, at least 25% of businesses that shut down after a flood never re-open. According to the same source, only a very small percentage of homeowners buy flood insurance.

Many business owners and homeowners are under the mistaken impression that their insurance policies cover them for damages arising from floods. While your personal insurance and/or business insurance policy may cover water damage, flood coverage is excluded.  Just like homeowner’s flood insurance, commercial flood coverage must be purchased separately in a dedicated policy.

Flood insurance policies cover physical damage to your property and possessions.  You can refer to the Summary of Coverage to help you better understand your policy and coverage.  (Read More)

As a home or condo owner, you may think your homeowners insurance has you covered from most natural disasters; unfortunately, it doesn’t. The majority of people living in the U.S. don’t live in areas where flood damage is likely to occur. However, if flood-related damage is a risk for you, get insured. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

At North Bay Insurance Brokers Insurance Agency, we know you’ve invested a lot of time and money in your personal property and keepsakes. A flood insurance policy will cover the cost of replacing your valuables from any flood-related damage.

Top Risk Managers Provide Workers Compensation Insights For North Bay Businesses

North Bay Insurance Brokers Risk Management Update

Some of the nation’s top risk managers often share their secrets with the world through published articles and on social media. We have been tracking these tips over the past year and thought we might share a few of them with you.

  • Trip and fall injuries from Disney – With the millions of people and employees walking around their parks, Disney protects itself by making sure all walkways are clean and clear of hazards. Having well lit parking and sidewalks can also cut down on accidents.
  • Home Depot prevents back injuries – Most Home Depot employees use a flex back type of product that provides support for employees while lifting and stretching. Offering safety equipment to employees that need it can reduce sprains and strains.
  • Safe driving from FedEx – FedEx delivers millions of packages every day and uses over 90,000 vehicles to do it. The best way to prevent auto accidents is education and training. Every driver should be trained in the following areas; driving in adverse weather, distracted driving, vehicle inspections, driver wellness, and hazardous materials safety.

Having the right Workers Compensation plan from North Bay Insurance Brokers, Inc. can allow your business to ensure payments and cover expenses if an employee is injured from a work-related accident. Injuries can range from car accidents and back injuries to equipment malfunctions and, in some unfortunate cases, death.

If your business does not offer Workers Compensation, serious injuries that occur on the job could lead to an employee suing your company for damages. That’s why it’s important to discuss your options with a specialist at North Bay Insurance Brokers, Inc. who can help you find the right coverage options for all your business needs.

Thieves Are Looking For Bargain’s This Holiday Too

aqazxaThe Most Common Holiday Theft Losses

We are in the middle of the holiday season.  While you are out shopping for that perfect gift, criminals are also out looking for ways to enhance their holiday take. While your personal insurance will most likely cover losses from theft, we thought it might be good to identify the most common holiday theft losses.

Now might be a good time to have us review your personal insurance. Stop in and have some coffee while we review your homeowner’s insurance coverage.

Theft From Vehicles

While you are in the store, criminals are in the parking lot looking for easy ways to get into your vehicle.  Keep all packages in the trunk; always lock your car, park close to the store, and in a well-lit area.

Home Burglaries

Home burglaries increase in December, due to people traveling and an increased number of easy targets.  When you leave your home, keep lights on, close your drapes, and never leave packages on your front porch.  Thieves will follow delivery trucks waiting for an opportunity to strike. Most online retailers send emails and text messages so purchasers know almost immediately when a package has been delivered.

Stolen Purses

When you are shopping, never leave your purse in the shopping cart, keep your purse closed, only take the credit cards you need, and leave other cards and documents at home.  Don’t carry a lot of cash and wait until asked to produce your credit card so a nearby thief can’t get your account information.

Identity Theft

Online shopping has become as big as direct shopping. Make sure to use secure websites and log off when completing any purchases.

North Bay Insurance Brokers, Inc. is your trusted solution for homeowners insurance. We offer coverage options that are both flexible and affordable, and will work with you on an individual basis to find a policy that best suits your needs. Our team is dedicated to providing the assurance that your family and your possessions are secure.

Don’t Let One Too Many Drinks Put You Out Of Business

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Business Insurance And Risk Management Tips From North Bay Insurance Brokers

As we close the year out, many businesses will be hosting company parties.  Business owners, executives, and human resources personnel need to make sure to avoid some key risks to ensure their day of merriment does not turn into disaster.  While your business insurance would likely respond to most claims, we have several tips to help reduce the likelihood of litigation.  It is worth noting that employers are responsible for the conduct of their employees at all work-related events.

Holiday Party Safety Tips

  • Limit use of alcohol.  Additionally, alcoholic options can be limited to wine and beer and the company should be sure to provide plenty of nonalcoholic beverage alternatives.
  • Hire professional servers and make sure they have insurance.
  • Make sure you have food at your party.
  • Confirm that your employees understand that a holiday party is still a work-related activity and appropriate work behavior is still required.
  • No mistletoe! This holiday symbol is an invitation for employees to engage in behavior which is inappropriate for the workplace.
  • Make attending the party optional.
  • Arrange for cab rides or transportation home for guests who may need it.
  • Encourage managers to set a good example.
  • Remind employees via email about your company’s code of conduct and substance abuse policy prior to the party.
  • Review the company’s harassment policies with employees prior to the party.
  • If you have employees bring food, be sure the food is labeled by type. Some people may have food allergies.

When business owners host a holiday party and serve alcohol as part of the festivities, liquor liability can be covered by their commercial general liability (CGL) policy. However, it is always best to check with your insurance agent or broker first.Business owners should talk with their insurance agent about their liability insurance coverage and any exclusions, conditions, or limitations to their policies for this kind of risk.

At North Bay Insurance Brokers, Inc., we’re committed to keeping your business protected – so you can focus on your day-to-day operations. And with the right insurance plan, your business will be covered from top to bottom.