What we offer
Coverage includes liability coverage for contractors’ pollution, technology-based services & products, data & network security including privacy liability, media as well as breach response services for under US$5 million in fees, for US domiciled firms with domestic or international projects.
Standard features include:
- Pre-claims assistance at no cost
- Disciplinary / regulatory / administrative actions reimbursement extension up to US$30,000 per policy period
- Defendants’ reimbursement extension up to US$500 per day, subject to a maximum of US$15,000 per claim
- Reputation management reimbursement extension up to US$15,000 per policy period
- Blanket waiver of subrogation provision for clients of the insured as required by contract
- Punitive damages extension – where insurable by law
- Mediation or early resolution deductible credit of 50% up to US$25,000 per claim
- Mutual selection of defense counsel
- 50/50 hammer clause
- Worldwide coverage
Limits up to US$10 million; US$20 million available for select opportunities.
How can we help
Brokers and policyholders have access to a dedicated risk management site with a wealth of resources including contract guidance and reviews, newsletters, live webinars as well as a library of recorded ones, state by state guidance on important laws impacting design professionals supported by a proactive claims service with access to experienced construction lawyers.
Who we can help
- Architects and engineers
- Agency construction managers
- Project managers and owners’ representatives
- Interior designers
- Environmental consultants
The Beazley Difference
Freedom lies in being bold. We dare to be different and seek bold possibilities to create more innovative, fair and satisfying outcomes for our clients, brokers and employees. From insuring the highest building in the world, to the first commercial lunar vehicle to operate on the moon - we boldly go where others won’t.
STRIVING FOR BETTER
Good is a start, but we go all-out for better. A driven community of individuals relentlessly push the needle and creating value. From launching the market’s first dedicated ESG syndicate to the establishment of our business unit focusing on designing digital insurance solutions, we pride ourselves on always going above and beyond. Simply put, at Beazley we go to 11.
DOING THE RIGHT THING
Acting with integrity in a straightforward, decent way is instinctive. Open and honest with others, we show respect and empathy however challenging the situation – demonstrated by our multi-award winning claims team. Doing the right thing makes for a fair-minded, rewarding environment and makes work and life better for all.
Examples or Scenarios
Beazley insured an architectural firm that was accused of failing to disclose the likely presence of near-surface rock. When rock was encountered during excavation, the owner sought damages in excess of US$200,000 from the architect for rock removal and delays. The architect adamantly, and rightfully, denied any wrongdoing. Beazley retained experienced trial counsel and worked collaboratively with counsel and the client to evaluate the claims and formulate effective defenses. During the almost three years of litigation, the plaintiff continually took unreasonable settlement positions. Where other insurance carriers may have folded to accommodate plaintiff’s demand, Beazley stood steadfast with its insured all the way through several days of trial where a verdict was issued for the insured.
Pre-suit claims were made against a civil engineering firm alleging that the insured’s drainage system caused flooding to the adjacent landowner. The insured’s client also made claims that construction of the project was being delayed by the neighbor’s drainage allegations. Beazley retained defense counsel, who in turn lined up engineering and damage consultants, to evaluate the allegations and begin negotiating a solution that would not impede ongoing construction of the project. The defense team successfully worked with on-site contractors and municipal engineers to identify and implement remediation solutions that minimized and resolved the allegations from the neighbor and the client. Ultimately, the matter was resolved at a pre-suit mediation to the satisfaction of Beazley’s insured.
Beazley’s insured was retained by an architect to consult on Building Code and Accessibility Standards in connection with construction of an apartment building in NJ. Following review and comment upon design documents, the insured received questions regarding its review of bathroom doors, requisite side grab bars and potential code conflicts. The developer advised that retrofit costs could be in the mid to high six-figures. Through the assistance of counsel, the insured and Beazley proactively negotiated a design modification and resolution with the architect, developer, and municipality, whereby the municipality agreed to an alternate design requiring only de minimis retrofits, and the architect and developer waived any potential claim against the insured.
A Beazley-insured civil engineering firm obtained a jury trial verdict finding of no negligence. An apartment complex owner sued a large chain restaurant, claiming that drainage from the adjacent restaurant site was causing flooding at the apartment site. The restaurant, in turn, sued the civil engineer claiming that its design of the site caused the flooding, via claims of contribution and breach of contract. After a week-long trial in Texas, the jury returned a verdict of “no” on the question of negligence as the civil engineer – a complete defense verdict for the civil engineer.