Since the national outbreak of COVID-19 in March of 2020, many states have imposed stay-at-home orders which extend to temporary business closures. A dramatic loss in revenue has left many small business owners in unanticipated financial jeopardy. And now, restaurants, retail outlets, and theaters across the country face an uncertain future.
In order to avoid defaulting on their loans and obligations, a number of small businesses had been counting on their insurance policies to cover expenses by filing business interruption claims. Insurance companies nationwide, however, are refusing to pay out the claims, arguing that their business interruption policy doesn’t cover revenue loss related to viruses and pandemics.
And as of now, courts are taking the side of the insurance companies. A ruling in favor of Michigan Insurance found that the company’s business interruption policy covers only physical loss or damage to the property. Nonetheless, a growing number of small businesses and financial regulators across the globe are currently taking insurance companies to court to contest these decisions.
If you are a business owner looking to file a business interruption claim due to the COVID19 pandemic, it is essential to review the specific language found in your business insurance policy that may address business interruption claims. If you have questions about the language in your policy and whether you may be eligible to file an insurance claim, please contact me at Jcrossan@liffwalsh.com or call me at (443) 569-7264. I will be happy to review your policy with you.
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