Run-off insurance is a type of insurance that protects against future loss. A run off insurance is required because under a "claims made" basis, insurance does not cover a business after the policy expires, this puts the business in a precarious position if claims are made after the expiration date of the policy.
This type of insurance is required because professional indemnity insurance is provided on a ‘claims made’ basis which means that it is the policy in place at the time that you become aware of the claim that provides the cover and not the policy that was in place at the time the work was undertaken.
Run-off insurance is usually provided by insurance companies that provided cover prior to closure. New insurers are reluctant to provide a run-off policy for a company which they have not insured prior to closure. Though it is difficult to predict the closure of a business, companies should try and remain with the same insurer two to three years ahead of closure because this will help to get the policy at competitive rates from the same insurer.
The provisions of a run-off policy look identical to extended reporting period (ERP) provisions, there are differences, while ERPs are written for only one year while run-off policies can have a tenure as long as five years. Second, ERPs are mostly purchased when an insured changes from one claims-made insurer to another, runoff provisions are generally used when one insured company is involved in an acquisition or merger with another company. In such cases, the acquired company buys a runoff provision that covers claims associated with wrongful acts that took place prior to the acquisition but are made against the acquired company after it has been acquired.
In case a company is sold and the liabilities are taken care of by the acquiring company then there might be no need to purchase a run-off policy.
Run-off insurance is purchased by individual professionals to protect themselves from professional liabilities after they have ceased to be in service or have closed their business. For instance a financial consultant may need to buy such a policy to protect him from charges of negligence, errors and omissions from clients he had served prior to his retirement.
A ‘run-off’ cover protects a company or professional from any claims made once the protection offered by a professional indemnity expires.
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