Liquor Liability

Determine Pricing for Liquor Liability Coverage

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It’s no secret that liquor liability is a complex coverage. There are numerous variables that underwriters take into consideration when pricing and structuring a policy. For example, on liability policy that is written on the form CG 0001 (sometimes with CG 2150) the host liquor coverage provided will be sufficient as long as insured’s operations are not required a liquor license (for example, when alcohol is served free of charge for a social function). Hence, the more informed you are about the underwriting thought process for liquor liability risks, the better terms and pricing you can obtain, with the help of Paperless Insurance Services, Inc.

There are several variables to the complexity of liquor liability. First, there are 50 states with 50 different sets of laws governing liquor liability, ranging from strict liability (Alabama) to very little liability (Nevada). Second, there is a wide range of venue types – from restaurants to nightclubs to concerts – which all have specific nuances that need to be addressed. Finally, each specific location has its own unique underwriting concerns that will arise, and it is critical to address them fully when submitting a risk to market.Read More »Determine Pricing for Liquor Liability Coverage

Liquor Liability Insurance

Liquor Liability InsuranceAnd another terrible example of a liquor liability case: the family of a woman who died in a crash with a man suspected of driving while intoxicated is suing a Kaneohe bar, claiming the establishment improperly served him alcohol. The crash on June 30, 2012, killed Rene Nihipali of Honolulu. Investigators said a sport utility vehicle crossed the center line of Kamehameha Highway in Kaaawa and struck her pickup head-on. Her widower and two daughters last week sued Kralk Enterprises, which operates Club Komo Mai, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported. The lawsuit also names the other driver, Sione Glenn Tilini. The lawsuit says bar staff should have detected that Tilini was intoxicated when he was served alcohol. The lawsuit claims liquor served to Tilini was a direct cause of the crash. Two passengers in Tilini’s SUV also were injured.Read More »Liquor Liability Insurance

General Liability in Liquor Cases

Liability in Liquor Cases

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General liability is a must have insurance coverage for business of any size, including commercial operations performed from a residence. However, even the most comprehensive insurance policy has gaps in coverage, for example most of the claims involving the alcohol sale or serving are excluded from coverage. And that my be a threat to your business, unless you request a Liquor Liability Insurance endorsement.
California’s high court has ruled that hosts who charge admission to parties may be held legally responsible if a drunken underage guest is hurt or injures someone else.
On March 4, 2014 the state Supreme Court said in the unanimous ruling that a cover charge amounts to a sale of alcohol, and state law creates liability for those who sell alcohol to clearly intoxicated youngsters.Read More »General Liability in Liquor Cases

Commercial Kitchen Fire Safety

commercial grade kitchen equipmentOperation of a commercial grade kitchen, many safety considerations should be addressed, including food safety, employee and volunteer safety, and fire safety. This blog post addresses the specific issues associated with providing adequate fire safety for your kitchen.

Commercial cooking operations are defined as kitchens that have cooking equipment that produce grease and grease laden vapors. This includes flat grills, char broilers and deep fat fryers. The typical residential range (electric or gas) would not be considered a grease producing appliance. Other equipment, such as ovens, microwaves and steam kettles also fall into the non-grease producing appliance category. The following is information regarding two of the most common types of equipment that produce grease and/or grease laden vapors.

Deep Fat Fryers

Deep fat fryers are a major cause of kitchen fires. Oil can splash and easily come into contact with an open flame from an adjacent piece of cooking equipment, such as a gas-fired range top. A 18-inch clearance must be maintained between the deep fat fryer and the open flame cooking equipment. If a 18-inch clearance is not possible, a vertical steel barrier extending 12 inches above the top of the deep fat fryer or open flame appliance(s) can be used as an alternative means of protection.Read More »Commercial Kitchen Fire Safety

Preparing your business for potential holiday hazards

prepare businessMenorahs and Christmas trees light up Main Streets across America during the holidays, but there are risks associated with these decorations. Risk management professionals and insurance agents can help business owners understand how to keep their stores festive yet hazard free during the holidays.

The holidays usually bring several things to a small business – more foot traffic, celebratory decorations and additional staff to help with boosted sales.  However, with added customers and distractions, slips and trips are never far away. So when getting into the holiday spirit, you should make safety a priority.Read More »Preparing your business for potential holiday hazards

September is National Preparedness Month

A recent Travelers survey found that 48% of small business owners do not have a written business continuity plan. That’s especially troublesome considering that The American Red Cross estimates as many as 40% of small businesses do not reopen after a major disaster. We have partnered with Travelers Insurance Company to offer Business Continuity tools that help business owners plan… Read More »September is National Preparedness Month

Risk Transfer: Managing 3rd Party Relationships

Introduction: Case Scenarios – A painter’s scaffold collapses resulting in severe injury to the painter and a pedestrian. The painter had no insurance. The building owner is held liable for all losses. – A cabinet installer puts a long screw into a wall. It punctures a water pipe causing water damage. The installer’s insurance policy was not renewed. The homeowner’s… Read More »Risk Transfer: Managing 3rd Party Relationships

Cheesy for some Papa John’s

Fireman’s Fund has opened the door to a new eligible risk and franchise for Paperless Insurance! The franchise’s ‘Better Ingredients,  Better Pizza” has made them infamous but their esteemed reputation and recognized leadership practices has made them our goal! Papa John’s Pizza now eligible in Paperless Insurance’s national Pizza Operators Insurance Program. Our program is written on a Business Owners Policy (BOP), which includes Business Personal Property with Tenants Improvements and Betterments, Business… Read More »Cheesy for some Papa John’s

Paperless Insurance Now Offers Coverage in New York

SAN FRANCISCO-based independent insurance brokerage Paperless Insurance Services (PIS INC), Inc. has started offering business insurance products in the State of New York, PIS INC announced Thursday. PIS INC will be using their website as the marketing and underwriting base in the State if New York CFO Diana Motseniat said in her announcement. Paperless Insurance also announced that it is… Read More »Paperless Insurance Now Offers Coverage in New York