Business income insurance can help pay bills and cover payroll

If your business is forced to close temporarily due to direct physical loss or damage to covered property from a covered cause of loss, business income coverage can help you:
  • Replace lost net income during the period of restoration that you would have earned if no physical loss or damage had occurred
  • Pay for necessary continuing normal operating expenses, including ordinary payroll expensl
  • Pay for relocation expenses and advertising fees if you set up shop at a temporary site
Business income insurance works with your property policy and provides coverage for events beyond your control such as fire, wind, hail, vandalism or damage from vehicles or aircraft that may cause direct physical loss or damage to covered property which interrupts your business. Flood, earthquake or glass breakage are typically not covered in a business income policy.

Options and endorsements for your business income coverage

Dependent property

Business Income from Dependent Properties covers your actual loss of business income from a necessary suspension of your operations due to direct physical loss or damage, from a covered cause of loss, to property operated by others upon whom you depend, such as:
  • Your suppliers, who are thereby unable to deliver materials or services to you, or to others on your account
  • Your customers, who are thereby unable to accept your products or services
  • Companies, who are thereby unable to manufacture products for delivery to your customers under contract of sale
  • A company, who is thereby unable to attract customers to your business

Extra expense coverage

If your company is temporarily shut down due to direct physical loss or damage to property at a described premises, extra expense insurance will cover expenses you incur during the period of restoration to avoid or minimize the suspension of your business.

Utility services

A utility services endorsement extends Business Income and/or Extra Expense coverage to apply to a suspension of your operations caused by a disruption of basic utility services to your premises. Example include electric, gas or water provided by public or private utility companies.

Civil authority

Civil authority coverage extends Business Income and/or Extra Expense coverage when a covered cause of loss causes damage to property other than your property and a civil authority prohibits access to the area immediately surrounding the damaged property, which in turn prohibits access to your business.
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