Backdated Liability Insurance: What Is It?

Backdated Liability Insurance For Businesses

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Backdated Liability Insurance Def: Coverage procured for claims after a loss event has actually happened. This type of coverage is offered when the amount of the claim is very uncertain and potentially long delays in payment may result. The premium charged by the insurer, coupled with its investment value, is calculated to be sufficient to cover all the claims from the incident. This is not a commonly available type of coverage. See also Retroactive insurance; Loss mitigation underwriting.

What Could Backdated Liability Insurance Cover?

A typical backdated liability insurance is usually a commercial general liability policy which provides coverage for claims of bodily injury or other physical injury, personal injury (libel or slander), advertising injury and property damage as a result of your products, premises or operations, and can be offered as a package policy with other coverages such as property, crime, automobile, etc. As a safeguard against liability, general liability insurance enables you to continue your normal operations while dealing with real or fraudulent claims of negligence or wrongdoing. General liability insurance policies also provide coverage for the cost to defend and settle claims. Here is more detail about what a typical general liability insurance policy may cover:

  • Automatic Additional Insured – Coverage is provided for written contracts, agreements and permits.
  • Tenants Legal Liability – Coverage for property damage your organization causes to a premises owned by others.
  • Defence Costs – Provides coverage for legal expenses for liability claims brought against your business, regardless of who is at fault.
  • Products Liability – Provides coverage for bodily injury and property damage sustained by others as a result of your products.
  • Medical Expenses – Provides coverage for medical expenses if someone is injured on your premises or by your products.
  • Occupiers and Operations Liability – Provides coverage for bodily injury and property damage sustained by others on your premises or in conjunction with your business operations.
  • Personal and Advertising Injury – Protects against offences made by you or your staff during the course of business, such as libel, slander, disparagement or copyright infringement in advertisements.
Backdated Liability Insurance is not readily available in the Canadian marketplace, but there are a few insurers that will consider it on a case by case basis.  Speak to an ALIGNED Insurance Advocate  for more details by calling 1-866-287-0448 or connect with us at
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