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What Is A Self Insured Retention?

Self Insured Retention

What Is A Self Insured Retention?

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What Is A Self Insured Retention? A self insured retention is a dollar amount specified in a liability insurance policy that must be paid by the insured before the insurance policy will respond to a loss. Thus, under a policy written with a self insured retention provision, the insured (rather than the insurer) would pay defense and/or indemnity costs associated with a claim until the self insured retention limit was reached. After that point, the insurer would make any additional payments for defense and indemnity that were covered by the policy.

In contrast, under a policy written with a deductible provision, the insurer would pay the defense and indemnity costs associated with a claim on the insured’s behalf and then seek reimbursement of the deductible payment from the insured. For example, assume that two policies are identical, except for the fact that Policy A is written with a $25,000 deductible, while Policy B contains a $25,000 self insured retention. Also assume that defense and indemnity payments for a given claim total $100,000. In the event of a claim under Policy A, the insurer would pay the $100,000 in defense and indemnity costs that were incurred. After the claim is concluded, the insurer will bill the insured for the $25,000 in payments made on the insured’s behalf. In the event of a claim under Policy B, the insured will pay the first $25,000 of defense/indemnity costs, after which, the insurer will make the additional $75,000 in defense and indemnity payments on the insured’s behalf.

See also Deductible.

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ALIGNED specializes in delivering insurance and risk management solutions exclusively to Canadian businesses. Through our 18 points of differentiation and expertise, we deliver unmatched value to our growing portfolio of clients from all industries that range from small to large organizations.

We offer all of the following products:

Management Liability:
Board Insurance / Directors and Officers (D&O) Insurance
Employment Practices Liability (EPL) Insurance
Fiduciary Liability Insurance

Other:
Property Insurance- Including Business Interruption & Extra Expense
Machinery Breakdown/Boiler & Machinery Insurance
Course of Construction(COC)
Wrap-up Liability Insurance
Commercial General Liability / CGL Insurance
Pollution Liability Insurance
Commercial Automobile & Fleet Insurance
Umbrella Liability Insurance
Cyber, Hacking & Privacy Liability Insurance
Crime/Fidelity/Employee Theft Insurance
Professional Liability/Errors & Omissions (E&O) Insurance
Kidnap & Ransom Insurance
Representations & Warranty Insurance
Trade Credit

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