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Why Is Directors and Officers Liability Insurance Important For Companies?

Posted on 16 April, 2022
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Since the directors, including the entire board of directors, and officers, like the Chief Executive Officer, the President, Chief Financial Officer, and Chief Financial Officer of the corporation, are responsible for the day to day functioning and overall management of a corporation, lawsuits are brought against them by market stakeholders or non-market stakeholders alike in case of any alleged wrongdoing by the corporation.

Directors and Officers Liability Insurance indemnifies such directors and officers or the corporation itself for any personal financial losses incurred by them due to a lawsuit. This policy includes compensation for the defence proceedings, settlement, and other unforeseen expenses.

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Although intentional unlawful actions, prior claims (claims made or lawsuits filed before the beginning of the insurance policy tenure) and BIPD claims for bodily injury are not covered under the D&O policy.

A Directors and Officers Liability Insurance policy indemnifies the respondent for legal fees, settlement claims, and other unforeseen costs, thereby preventing them from suffering tremendous financial loss. Although, the insurance coverage does not include indemnity for costs in lawsuits involving fraud, intentional wrongful acts, and legal cases between directors or officers.

Even small businesses are not immune to costly lawsuits. The most damaging lawsuits are brought by internal stakeholders like the vendors, customers, and disgruntled employees.

Companies usually make the mistake of not buying Directors and Officers Liability Insurance as they believe that it is unnecessary due to their business being family-owned or privately held, or if they haven’t had a lawsuit filed against them in the past, and so on. This mistake can prove costly in a future lawsuit costing the company and its directors and officer’s significant financial loss.

It is essential to have Directors and Officers Liability Insurance so that the personal assets of the directors and officers can be safeguarded when lawsuits arise due to sexual harassment accusations, discrimination claims, accounting irregularities, and exposures connected to mergers and acquisitions.

To Conclude

A Directors and Officers Liability Insurance policy indemnifies the respondent director, officer, or even the corporation for the costs incurred during a lawsuit, settlement claim, and other unforeseen expenses arising out of an alleged fraudulent act claim made by a third-party or a stakeholder of the corporation.

Both big and small businesses must prioritize getting Directors and Officers Liability Insurance to ensure that their valuable assets are protected in future lawsuits and settlement claims. It prevents individual directors, officers, and the corporation as a whole, from suffering financial losses.

  • Directors and Officers Liability
  • Product Code: 4025
  • Product UIN: IRDAN115RP0001V02200607

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