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People running businesses are scrambling to figure out how to deal with their financial losses and expenses from coronavirus COVID-19 business interruptions. Including me. I like sharing explainer Q&As with people who know more about subjects than I do and am using this blog post to share with others what I learned about what types of business insurance cover coronavirus COVID-19 losses. This is a basic explainer and not legal advice, and I tried to ask questions that would be helpful to both non-lawyers and lawyers.
For almost as long as businesses have been subject to risk, some form of insurance has existed to mitigate their exposure. The first recorded commercial insurance policies date back to Babylonian times, and in the thousands of years since, the types of business cover available have multiplied exponentially, driven by the uptake of technology. It’s now over 20 years since the first cybersecurity policy was written. At the time, this was considered groundbreaking – although by modern standards, its scope was limited. These days, cyber insurance providers cast a far wider net. By 2025, it’s expected the global market size will grow to over $23 billion. Some policies cover the costs arising from first-party data breaches, while others cover liability for damages, providing assurance for companies who collect and store sensitive customer information.
Evolution in business concepts and implementation of the latest technology trends are driving the thriving growth of businesses. Among all, artificial intelligence is best known to transform a business by automating the processes and making the tasks seamless. And the inventions like virtual assistant and chatbots are practically implementing these concepts to showcase results that promise skyrocketing growth and boost in business.
During these unprecedented times, the everyday norm is shifting for most Americans. Commutes have become a simple walk down to the coffee maker instead of the usual 15-30 minute drive from home. With much of the workforce working remotely, likely from a home office, it is important that you are protected from further unexpected exposures. Most homeowner and renters insurance policies limit coverage, so discussing business exposures with your agent to ensure proper coverage is in place is a must.
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