Reputational Coverage and Why You Need It

Shutterstock_500205292A good reputation is more valuable than money, as it can take a lifetime to build one, but only a moment to destroy it. If you are a practicing lawyer, chances are you’re insured for professional malpractice, but what you are far less likely to have insured is your good name.

Bad News Spreads Fast, Particularly Bad News

Thanks to the immediacy of news and social media, there has never been a bigger threat to a lawyer’s reputation than is true today. When you are shopping for lawyers’ professional liability insurance, it is important to keep in mind that reputation-related catastrophes can happen to any law firm or lawyer, often without warning.

There are many things that can quickly damage the reputation of a lawyer and his firm, such as:

  • Being misquoted in the media
  • Negative Internet reviews
  • Malicious hacks of social media channels
  • Negative word-of-mouth
  • Whistleblowing by disgruntled employees or clients
  • Poor financial performance

As you have insurance to cover other disasters and risks, it is critical to ask your insurance broker about policies to ensure that you will be protected and have coverage that will cover the complex process of rebuilding trust in the aftermath of an incident that may tarnish your reputation.

USI Affinity’s Comprehensive Reputation Coverage

With six new policy enhancements, USI Affinity offers comprehensive reputation coverage for attorneys. Should your firm be negatively impacted due to false accusations made publicly, USI Affinity has negotiated up to $25,000 reimbursement of reasonable fees, costs and expenses for consulting services provided by a public relations firms for each crisis event, up to $50,000 for all crisis events in a policy period. Payments made are not subject to a deductible.

For more information about how we can protect your good name as well as that of your law firm, contact USI Affinity today.

Why I Needed Travel Insurance On Our Annual Beach Vacation

13585027_10210036896509470_5011479010752401130_oLike many of you, our family has a tradition of going to the beach (in our case, the Outer Banks, aka the OBX) every year on vacation. We rent a house and generally bum around for a week. In short, it’s heaven.

My mother-in-law is the most active (and amazing) person you’d ever want to meet. You would never guess her to be in her 70’s. Just a few weeks before vacation, we had the family over for dinner. While getting out of her car after arriving home, her foot caught on the strap of her backpack purse and she fell out of the car. I don’t know about you, but I can easily see this happening to me and have been paranoid about it ever since!

After a couple of days of being in pain (and being an active real estate agent who was walking on it constantly), she asked if I’d take her to the doctor. The doctors were sure there was no way she broke anything because they said the pain would be too much to walk on for days. Well, the x-ray said otherwise and the prognosis was 6-8 weeks in a boot and on crutches.

Needless to say, walking on sand was going to be a no-go. Not to mention going putt-putt, shopping and all of the other annual traditions we do. Fortunately, we had purchased travel insurance and were able to reschedule our trip with no penalty at all. We were refunded what we paid and rebooked for later in the season when she would be fully healed.

I used to be skeptical about travel insurance and I suppose I thought of it as one of those things you purchased for exotic and exceptionally expensive trips abroad. It had never occurred to me that it would something that could be handy for a run-of-the-mill beach vacation in the OBX. I’m lucky that my family knew better and opted into this coverage.

The holidays are upcoming and like you fellow beach bums, we usually shop the available houses and book during this time. I can assure you that we’ll be purchasing coverage again this year. Sure, you hope you never have to use it, but I have seen how important it can be.