Are you familiar with the primary distinctions that exist between loss payee and additional insured?
It doesn’t matter what sector of the economy you operate in; sooner or later, your company will likely find itself in a position where it needs to collaborate with another company in order to realize one of its strategic objectives or another.
For example, if your construction company does not have enough staff available to accomplish a project before the deadline, it may need to hire a third-party roofing contractor to assist it in meeting the deadline.
In such a scenario, it is not unheard of for businesses to request that they be added to the insurance policy of the company that they are collaborating with, in order to protect themselves from the possibility of making mistakes for which they could be held liable. This is done in order to shield themselves from potential lawsuits.
A policy can typically have an endorsement added to it in order to cover a third party, but what kind of endorsement should be included?
If you pick the wrong kind of endorsement for your policy, you can find yourself unprotected and vulnerable to severe financial repercussions in the event that a claim is lodged against you.
For this reason, it is essential for small businesses who are looking for appropriate coverage to have a solid understanding of insurance terminology.
The phrases “additional insured” and “loss payee” are often used interchangeably; however, despite their superficial similarities, they have significant distinctions.
Both of these are examples of endorsements that allow the coverage of the named insured to be extended to a different party.
Having said that, the level of protection that each offers is actually pretty distinct from one another.
A person or organization that is connected in some way to the named insured is meant to be understood as a “additional insured” when the term is used in this context.
This entity is subject to some degree of liability exposure as a consequence of the nature of their relationship; as a result, they would typically request that an endorsement be added to the liability policy of the named insured in order to cover this exposure.
Before entering into a contractual agreement to form a company partnership, business partners will frequently state this kind of requirement in writing.
Working with the named insured puts this third party in a position where they are exposed to a certain level of risk; hence, this third party would also prefer to acquire some degree of coverage for the liability exposures they have as a result of working with the named insured.
When it comes to further insured endorsements, the larger corporate organization is the one that holds all of the leverage because this is the situation with the majority of the business world’s dealings.
For instance, if you are a small distributor and you wish to collaborate with a large manufacturing firm, there is a significant probability that the larger company may ask you to include them as an additional insured on your policy.
However, if you asked the larger company to include your company in its liability policy, it is possible that they would refuse your request.
Whenever you have reason to suspect that the degree of your company’s legal exposure is going to increase as a direct result of doing business with another firm, you should make it a point to obtain additional insured status from the other company.
However, keep in mind that a third party can also ask you to add them to your liability insurance coverage for the same reason, so make sure you’re prepared for that possibility.
You are doing what you are doing because you believe that it will assist you and your business partners in effectively transferring a certain amount of risk that is associated with your business cooperation. This is true regardless of whether you are becoming the additional insured or whether you are naming an additional insured.
What Is Loss Payee?
A clause in an insurance policy known as a loss payable clause is what allows a loss payee to be included in the coverage. This clause is located on the declarations page of the policy.
The loss payee is the third party who is entitled to compensation for damage to items of insurable interest to that party. This authorisation can transfer all or part of an insurance payment to the loss payee.
Does it seem puzzling? It is not that.
The most usual scenario in which a request for this kind of endorsement is made is one in which a third party is either a partial or complete owner of the tangible property that is being used to carry out a job.
When there are things involved in the job that are being leased or financed, a loss payable provision is typically added to a business property or commercial car insurance policy. This is especially the case when the clause is required.
If you are listed as a loss payee on your business partner’s policy, the named insurer is required to inform you of any claims that are filed against the policy that you are listed on as well as any modifications that are made to the policy.
The following is an illustration of how a loss payable clause operates:
Let’s say you own a pizza shop, and you get your ovens from a different business that rents them out.
If you include that firm as a loss payee on your commercial property insurance policy, then in the event that a fire breaks out in the restaurant and damages, among other things, the rental ovens, both you and that company may be eligible to receive compensation from your policy.
Due to the fact that both parties have an insured interest in the property that was damaged, compensation are distributed to both parties.
Because the loss payee has an insurance interest in the property that needs to be protected first, they have first rights on insurance claims payments, which is an important fact to keep in mind. The named insured do not have first rights on insurance claims payments.
Therefore, using the previously described scenario of the pizza restaurant as an example, the insurer would be required to inform the loss payee if the pizza restaurant filed a claim for damages.
In addition, the check that the insurance writes to pay for repairing or replacing the broken ovens needs to be made out to both businesses before it can be cashed.
Key Differences Between Loss Payee And Additional Insured.
The insurance benefits that are provided to loss payees and additional insureds represent the primary distinction between the two types of policyholders.
Additional insureds are protected from liability claims, and loss payees are protected from property damage claims under this policy.
In the event that their insurable interest (the piece of property that has been insured) sustains any kind of damage, a loss payable endorsement will provide the loss payee with a portion of the money that is received from the insurer as compensation for their losses.
On the other hand, additional insured provisions are most frequently added to liability policies like commercial general liability insurance. This is because these types of policies are more likely to result in claims.
These provisions, which were added to the insurance policy, broaden the scope of coverage to include a third person who might be responsible for the activities of the named insured.
It is also essential to take note of the fact that neither the additional insured nor the loss payee will ever have complete control over the policy they are covered under.
They are eligible to receive benefits under the policy, but they are unable to make claims under the policy, modify the policy, or cancel the policy.
The only person who is fully authorized to make decisions of this nature is the named insured.
Another important distinction between the two is that adding a loss payee will typically not cost you anything, whereas adding an additional insured will almost always result in some sort of fee being assessed.
This is due to the fact that a loss payee endorsement does not give additional coverage; rather, all that it does is divide the money between the named insured and the loss payee.
Even while there is typically a charge associated with adding an additional insured on to your policy, the cost is significantly lower than the cost that you would incur to acquire a full additional policy for the third party.
Including Other Parties In Your Insurance Plan.
If you need to add a loss payee or additional insured to your policy, you should always make sure to check with your insurance agent or broker first. This will allow you to decide the following:
- Concerning the question of whether or not bringing in a third party is the best course of action, the majority of companies will wish to do so because a business contract mandates them to do so.
- A broker, on the other hand, can examine the contract in order to inform you whether or not the request is reasonable and whether or not it is justified.
- Whether or not your policy provides adequate coverage: Your broker will be able to determine whether or not your policy provides adequate coverage for the level of risk that you present, particularly if third parties are being added to it.
- Which endorsements are available: There are some policies that do not allow for additional insured clauses or loss payee clauses. These policies are shown below.
- Your agent or broker will be aware of the endorsements that can be obtained and those that cannot be obtained.
- If you have any questions about third-party endorsements or are looking for someone to walk you through the process of acquiring one, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with one of our knowledgeable brokers at any time to take advantage of our no-cost consultation services.
A loss payee is a third party that is mentioned on the declarations page of an insurance policy and is given priority when it comes to receiving insurance claim payments in the event of a property loss. Why is the insured person placed in second place? Because the loss payee has an interest in the property that can be covered by insurance and needs to have that interest safeguarded first.
Along with the named insured, additional insureds as well as loss payees are eligible to receive compensation from an insurance policy’s benefits. The key distinction between the two is that additional insureds are only provided with liability protection, while loss payees are only protected against property damage.
An additional insured is a person who is covered by an insurance policy in addition to the policyholder. This person is referred to as an additional insured in an insurance policy. Coverage could be restricted to a single occurrence or it could be in effect for the entirety of the policy’s term.
Status as the Lender’s Loss Payee: There is a huge disparity between a loss payable and the loss payable provision of a lender. This is due to the fact that the lender’s loss payable clause provides the loss payee with a great deal more protection than the typical loss payable clause that was detailed earlier.