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Costly Omissions: Dog Bite Claim Denied After Agent Fails to Disclose Pet

Costly Omissions: Dog Bite Claim Denied After Agent Fails to Disclose Pet

A homeowner in Connecticut is facing a dog bite claim that will not be covered by insurance after his agent allegedly failed to disclose the dog on his Homeowners Insurance application. Antonio Laires, who is being sued over an incident in which his dog reportedly bit a woman on her face, claims he did not realize that his pet was…

Alert to Dog Owners: Bite Claims Getting More Expensive

Alert to Dog Owners: Bite Claims Getting More Expensive

While the number of dog bite claims has dipped, the cost of dog bite claims has been growing significantly, new data from the Insurance Information Institute shows. Last year, the number of claims decreased 2.2%, but claim costs grew 32% to a per-claim average of $64,555, Property Casualty 360 recently reported. These claims totaled $1.3 billion in 2022, representing a…

Dog Attack, THC-Spiked Cracker Incident Underscore Home Day Care Risks

Dog Attack, THC-Spiked Cracker Incident Underscore Home Day Care Risks

A 3-year-old girl required 180 stitches to her face and spent days in the hospital after being tragically attacked by a dog April 2 at a home day care in Hemet, California. The attack is one of multiple incidents involving home day care facilities to make headlines in recent weeks. On April 22, police responded to a hospital in Stafford,…

Big Game Party Hosting: 5 Ways to Reduce Liability

Big Game Party Hosting: 5 Ways to Reduce Liability

The countdown to the big game is on as football fans across the U.S. prepare to watch the Los Angeles Rams take on the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl LVI on Feb. 13. For many enthusiasts, the championship game is best enjoyed by hosting or attending a Super Bowl gathering with family and friends. According to a recent report, 90…

Ask the Expert Q&A: Personal Umbrella & Excess Liability Insurance

Ask the Expert Q&A: Personal Umbrella & Excess Liability Insurance

Being held liable for a serious incident such as a boating accident, dog bite or trampoline injury has the potential to cause financial devastation to individuals who are not properly insured. To learn more about how Personal Umbrella & Excess Liability Insurance can help, Crain’s Content Studio spoke with Kate Wright, Associate Vice President, Regional Practice Group Leader, Personal Insurance,…

President Biden’s Dog ‘Major’ Involved in Second Biting Incident

President Biden’s Dog ‘Major’ Involved in Second Biting Incident

One of the White House’s two canine residents was involved in a biting incident on March 29: the Bidens’ German Shepherd, Major, reportedly nipped at a National Park Service employee during a walk on the White House South Lawn. The employee was assessed by the White House medical unit and returned to work without injury. The incident has dominated national…

Eye on 2021: Specialty Insurance Overview

Eye on 2021: Specialty Insurance Overview

This webinar includes a high-level overview of market conditions and expert insight on: Personal Insurance Professional Liability Commercial Insurance Casualty Brokerage Property Brokerage Carrier Perspective Featuring: Blaise D’Antoni, Executive Vice President, Burns & Wilcox, David Derigiotis, Corporate Senior Vice President, National Professional Liability Practice Leader, Burns & Wilcox, Bill Gatewood, Corporate Senior Vice President, National Personal Insurance Practice Leader, Burns…

5 Tips for a Safer Holiday Season, Online and At Home

5 Tips for a Safer Holiday Season, Online and At Home

Cybersecurity experts are warning consumers about a new scam that capitalizes on the pandemic forcing many seasonal gift shops and pop-up markets to go virtual this year. In a scam alert issued on November 13, the Better Business Bureau said cybercriminals are using copycat shopping event sites and social media pages to charge admission and steal credit card data. In…

Powerball Winner Keeps Promise to Split $22 Jackpot with Friend

Powerball Winner Keeps Promise to Split $22 Jackpot with Friend

A Wisconsin man who recently won $22 million playing the state’s Powerball lottery has followed through on a decades-old promise to split the jackpot with his friend. Thomas Cook and his friend fishing partner, Joseph Feeney, reportedly made a handshake agreement 28 years ago to split any lottery winnings if either of them ever hit the jackpot. Cook made good…

Property Owner Settles Tenant Lawsuit for $3.5 Million

Property Owner Settles Tenant Lawsuit for $3.5 Million

The former owner and manager of two apartment complexes in Washington, D.C. will pay $3.5 million to settle a tenant lawsuit alleging rat and bed bug infestations, sewage leaks, mold contamination and other hazards. The lawsuit, brought by the district’s attorney general in October 2018, also claimed the buildings’ hundreds of tenants were subjected to persistent violence, including multiple homicides…

From Pools to ‘Pandemic Puppies,’ Backyard Family Fun Brings Risk

From Pools to ‘Pandemic Puppies,’ Backyard Family Fun Brings Risk

Sales of pools, trampolines and other backyard recreational items have surged in recent weeks as families try to salvage a summer marred by camp closures, community pool shutdowns, travel restrictions and continued anxiety over the COVID-19 crisis. Vendors in the U.S. and Canada have sold out of above-ground pools while pool shop owners continue to be inundated with inquiries. Soaring…

Overturned Tanker Truck Spills 5,000 Gallons of Hazardous Material, Prompts Evacuation

Overturned Tanker Truck Spills 5,000 Gallons of Hazardous Material, Prompts Evacuation

Several homes were evacuated on February 3 after a semi-truck tanker overturned near Williamsburg, Kentucky and leaked 5,000 gallons of highly flammable butyl acrylate onto the railroad tracks below. Several agencies responded to the incident, including a hazmat crew to clean up the strong-smelling irritant. While officials reported the risks of the chemical spill spreading beyond the site were low,…

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