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Business Interruption Claims

Every day you get up and go to work at your office building or warehouse and assume it is going to be there. What would you do if one day you showed up and it was damaged to the point that you could not operate your business? More than likely you would make a business interruption claim on your property insurance. Most policies have a business interruption clause. In order to trigger coverage you would have to show:

  1. The damage was caused by a covered peril. Losses that stem from a storm would be covered. Losses that arise from a flood or earthquake probably would not be covered.
  2. The property damage must have occurred at the insured premises. In other words, damage to your neighbor’s property that restricts access to your property may not be covered.
  3. The damage must result in an actual stoppage of operations. To support your business interruption claim you will need to provide financial data to support your claim. This may include:
    • Historical profit/loss statements
    • Financial projections
    • Tax returns
    • Monthly sales and production reports
    • Inventory details.
    • Financial statements for three to five years prior

If these records were destroyed in the loss you will probably have to reconstruct what you can. Try to retrieve the data from offsite storage, the Cloud, a backup server, your bank, your vendors or your customers. Ask your insurance company for a detailed list of what they will require before you chase down every single document. It is also a good idea to keep track of everything you provide to the insurance company and make them acknowledge receipt. Keep a separate ledger for expenses directly related to the ongoing expenses associated with having to operate your business during this period. Contact Hoch Law Firm for help with business interruption claims.

Client Reviews
Tim represented us in a dispute with our insurance company over roof damage due to a hail storm in the Dallas area. We were very disheartened by the constant denials and dishonest treatment we were receiving from the insurance carrier, and Tim counseled us to remain patient while he systematically put together expert opinions and facts that supported our claim. Eventually we were able to settle our case and had the roof replaced on our apartment building just two months before the big tornado hit in late 2015. Our investment property was the only one in the area that did not sustain any roof damage! We were lucky with our timing, but we were even more fortunate to have Tim on our side. We highly recommend Tim's firm! Allan and Marian Goodman
In short order, he was able to quickly understand and master the details of our case and map out a very cost-effective, efficient legal strategy. After a series of quick wins in court, our opponent came to the table with a highly satisfactory settlement. Mr. Hoch’s ability to effectively tell a persuasive story within the confines of a courtroom is without equal. Anthony Page
Tim’s knowledge and insight regarding not just the law, but business and human nature in general was greatly appreciated and relied upon as we navigated through a difficult situation. Tim has my utmost admiration and respect both on a personal and professional basis. Phillip A. Reinsch
We use Tim Hoch to handle complex business litigation matters on a variety of topics. He combines a strategic, no-frills approach with a bottom-line mindset. He is extremely responsive, organized and thorough. We would gladly recommend his services. Richard Warren, CEO