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How high of limits should I buy on my Umbrella policy?

Umbrella Insurance is a secondary insurance policy that provides liability coverage over primary insurance policies, like Auto or Homeowners policies. Personal Umbrella Policies (PUPs) add million(s) of dollars of coverage to your insurance portfolio, sheltering your current assets and future wages from catastrophic claims.

While Homeowners and Auto Insurance protects thousands of dollars of your assets, Umbrella Insurance protects millions.

In this blog, we'll address the following:

  • How high of limits should I buy on my Umbrella policy?

  • What are common Umbrella claims examples?

  • What's covered by Umbrella policies that would otherwise be excluded?

Wedding Couple under Umbrella

Limits of PUPs: How much is too much?

The approach to determining the limit of insurance that's right for you is to review previous claims, weighing the risk of claims to the cost of the PUP. The following are example claims and the claims amounts:

  • Lifelong bodily injury without negligence: ~$500,000. i.e. Guest child losing sight in an eye after paintballing in your backyard.

  • Personal injury with negligence: ~$1,000,000. i.e. family member making false remarks about a restaurant that suffers loss of income.

  • Short-term bodily injury with negligence: ~$1,000,000. i.e. Tenant loses lung capacity due to mold of your rental, losing scholarship.

  • Lifelong bodily injury with negligence: ~$10,000,000. i.e. Guest child suffering reconstructive surgery after being bitten by family dog.

  • Death with negligence: $10,000,000+. i.e. Your daughter babysitting a child who drowned.

Note: these claims dollar amounts are estimates and can vary greatly in magnitude.

Choosing limits of an Umbrella can be difficult given the subtleties of multi-million dollar Umbrella claims, state laws, & claimant punitive damages. When in doubt, more coverage will provide more protection and more peace of mind.

Mountains in a glass sphere

Added Coverage under a PUP

One of the best aspects of an Umbrella policy is that it 'drops down' or adds perils/types of incidents that would not be covered otherwise. Safeco, a Liberty Mutual Company, offers the following added perils covered:

  • Libel, slander, or defamation of character resulting from social media

  • Personal Defense lawsuits

  • Auto Liability coverage abroad

  • Non-owned (rented) Recreational Vehicle Liability

  • Non-Profit Director/Officer Liability Coverage

Don't let your world turn upside down. Contact an Adviser to guide you through your policies.

Safeco Insurance

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Simmy is an adviser at Fenix Risk Management

Fenix Risk Management is an independent insurance agency proudly serving families & businesses in Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Florida. Fenix Risk Management is appointed with the carrier, Safeco Insurance, mentioned in the blog.

Simmy is an adviser at Fenix Risk Management, helping businesses and individuals navigate their insurance portfolios.

Note: the opinions expressed in this blog are that of the author, not of any other individual or organization referenced.

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