If you are a homeowner living in the Salem and Rockport area, the budget can sometimes be an issue with all the real estate taxes and utility bills. Thus, it is understandable that you start to question the value of purchasing home insurance every year. However, before you drop your coverage, you should think about the consequences of going bare. You might indeed end up paying more for not having insurance. So here are some reasons why not having insurance can cost you more.
Although catastrophes like hurricanes and tornados don’t happen in New England as frequent as other places in America, yet, floods or snowstorms can cause serious damages to homeowners in New England. When disaster strikes, expensive losses can impact someone financially for a long time. Coverage tends to be inexpensive because of low frequency of occurrence. So, if you are trying to save money, increasing your deductible could be an option to go. When you consider how much money you will save in terms of a disaster, it’s worth it at the end.
Did you know that almost all insurance companies will ask you how long you have continuously maintained insurance? They ask because they place applications that continuously are insured as a stable, reliable risk when they decide to provide you their service. If you have been unstable by switching companies all the time, they might suspect that you will make a claim soon.
If you are currently or planning to go without insurance, there is a chance that you might be sued by another party in a claim. Without any liability insurance, your personal assets will be exposed in the court and by having insurance, you can have a buffer protecting you in a lawsuit from all your assets. The cost of hiring a lawyer could cost more than the settlement. Liability coverage is usually even less expensive than property insurance, so it is an easy decision to make.
Contact John J Walsh Insurance Today
Contact us today at 978-745-3300 before you make any decision to buy or cancel your home insurance. We can help you evaluate your options. We are proud to serve Salem, Rockport, Beverly, Peabody, and other areas in Cape Ann.
Oh no, your employee is injured at work. What happens now? How do you protect your worker and your business amid the chaos?
It should be no surprise that accidents happen all the time at a workplace especially for contractors. While you probably have workers compensation insurance to cover the expenses, you still need to learn about the steps to take in order to handle these incidents the right way. If there is a mistake made, you may get penalized for breaking the law.
Steps to Take Before an Employee Injury
Before an injury happens, getting workers’ compensation insurance, which required by law is an easy decision. Without any insurance, you would have to pay a lot for your injured worker’s medical bills.
You should also develop an investigation checklist so nothing gets skipped. Medical treatment consent forms, return to work release form and others should be placed in a place where it can get in handy.
So here are the steps to take when an injury happens at a workplace:
- If you are on-site when the injury happens, get medical attention immediately. However, if you are not on-site, an employee has the responsibility to notify their employer of the injury obtained on the job.
- Investigate the accident and record any circumstances that may lead to the accident. Getting any written accounts from the injured employee and witnesses will help to determine whose responsibility it is that caused the accident. If you have a smartphone, take pictures at the scene of the incident. The pictures may reveal important info that was not disclosed by employees.
- The final step is to file a workers’ compensation claim. If you are not sure how to file it, contact your insurance company. Do not try to avoid filing a claim by paying your injured worker’s medical bill directly because that might hurt you at the end.
If you are looking to purchase workers’ compensation insurance in Peabody, Danvers, Salem and Rockport area, contact John J Walsh Insurance today for a quote. We would be able to walk you through the details of the insurance and help you choose the right plan for you.
Are you thinking of buying a home? The Massachusetts home market is moving better this spring than it has in years, with favorable prices across most of the state. This has prompted some prospective homebuyers to make reckless decisions in an effort to secure their dream home. But care and caution can pay dividends down the road, and recklessness can have serious repercussions. This is especially true for an investment as significant as a home. So think about these tips as you move toward homeownership.
Don’t Bite Off More Than You Can Chew
Buying a home is a significant investment– likely the largest single purchase of a person’s life. You should make sure you’re getting what you want out of the purchase, as much as you can. But you should also be sure that you can afford the price, especially if you’re trying to purchase a home this year. Buyers are making above-asking offers due to the small number of homes up for grabs. While your dream home will be very tempting, keep in mind the sacrifices it will take to keep a home that stretches your budget thin, and everything that comes with it.
Include Day-to-Day Maintenance in Your Budgeting
Purchasing a home is a happy day, and it’s just the beginning. Homeownership comes with its own responsibilities and expenses. You’ll need to budget for all of the utilities and establish a running fund for regular repairs and maintenance. Things wear out and break, after all. Will you be remodeling any part of the house? Will you want to in, say, ten years? And don’t forget the yards!
Be sure also to include the cost of your homeowner’s insurance policy. Whether or not this is required by your mortgage lender, homeowner’s insurance is always a good investment. A good policy will help protect you and your family from the immense loss that comes with losing a home should the worst happen.
Choose the Right Lender
There are many lenders that will gladly partner with you on this journey. Some will have better terms than others, be better to work with than others, and will have better reputations than others. You can do yourself many favors for years (or decades) down the line by selecting a mortgage lender carefully. Do your research. What kinds of terms are most important to you? What do people have to say about working with each company? Were they professional? Accommodating when the unexpected happened?
Don’t embark on a 30-year partnership with a company without doing your research. You’ll thank yourself years later for looking things up.
As a new business owner, you have probably gone down the list of all the requirements you may need to start your business. You have gone through the checks and balances, equipment, employees, and verifying that you are ready to provide services to clients. But did you consider insurance for worker’s comp? Worker’s Comp insurance in Massachusetts is very important to consider and have, even if you only employed one person. Taking action to get insurance certifies that you and your employees are covered, should anything happen to them while on the job. It also protects you from potentially threatening lawsuits to your business. It is Massachusetts Law to get Worker’s Comp insurance. Only under certain circumstantial cases are you able to be exempt from Worker’s Compensation?
Do I need to provide Worker’s Comp Insurance?
Depending on the nature of your business you may not need to require worker’s comp to your employees.
It is Regulatory Required for you to be covered as a business owner of your employment
- Trade involves interstate foreign commerce and works on a ship with mariners
- Professional Athletes under such contracts in which an employer has discussed term and payments for athletic-related injuries
- Real Estate salesmen or women who have agreed to terms in which the employer is only liable for compensations from commissions in distinction to Home sales and or rental property
- This also goes for salesmen and women of consumer products under contract in which they are only compensated for sales related to commissions. Salesmen have also agreed to terms where they are not considered employees for federal tax functions as they are in no compatibility to hours worked. It does not apply to retail establishments.
- Taxi Cab Driver who has leased a car from the taxi cab company, and has agreed to contract in which said the company is only responsible for said rental fees and other payments; but not in any way liable for taxi fare in a way that makes driver qualified as an employee for federal taxes functions.
- A person employed by a business or trade involved in interstate or foreign commerce but only as far as the laws of the U.S is able to provide for compensation for their injury or death.
- A person whose employment does not particularly match up with his employer’s line of business. This is in exception to a person who is definitely considered an employee of said business under Chapter 26 under Massachusetts commonwealth Law.
If you would like to learn more about Massachusetts Worker’s Comp Laws visit Mass.Gov for more specifications.
If your line of business or trade does not fall into any of these categories, we strongly recommend for you to look into a policy that works for you. At Walsh Insurance Company, we are here to help. In Massachusetts having insurance is for your own benefit at having no-fault insurance in which it protects you from liability for employee’s injuries at their place of employment.
Contact Walsh Insurance at 978-745-3300 or visit us online at WalshInsurance.Com and fill out a contact form for a representative to help you with your needs.
Your pet is often a large part of your family. You raise him/her, and your children and you become attached to the animal almost instantly. Your love for the animal makes you feel that you would do whatever you could to ensure he/she gets the best medical care. However, your wallet may not support these ideas. Purchasing pet insurance is a big financial and emotional decision that is based on what you are willing to pay to protect your pet.
Your Pets & Potential Health Issues
Aside from forming an unbreakable bond in your family, you never know what kind of health your pet will have when it is a baby. The animal could grow up completely healthy, or grow up with health problems. Even if the pet has a healthy start, of course, health problems can develop over the course of its’ lifetime.
Health problems can cause serious financial issues for owners. Medical bills are not cheap and often run around thousands, depending on what services your dog or cat needs. Once first adopting your dog or cat, this is the perfect time to consider insurance. The policy will be cheaper when the animal is young, and it will cover you in case of any emergency that you are unable to pay for.
Saving Money with Pet Insurance
Many pet owners don’t save money “just in case” their dog or cat gets sick. For example, dogs eat everything! You never know if your dog will ingest something, perhaps while you are at work, or not watching him for a minute, that will cost you thousands. Some people on the flip side of the coin argue that a perfectly healthy dog doesn’t need insurance. Even though this MIGHT be true, you never know what circumstances you will encounter with your pet, so it is best to protect them in case. Don’t wait until you are in the lobby of the veterinarian’s practice, with a sick puppy, feeling anxious and trying to figure out how to pay a bill.
If you are financially able, pet insurance is the best decision to provide your animals with a long and healthy life. Call us today for more information, and let’s get your pet protected.
If you are in the middle of buying a new car, whether it’s pre-owned or brand new, you should research insurance rates before you finalize the purchase; your insurance premium is calculated (not completely but a good amount) by how the Institute of Highway Safety ranks the safety of your vehicle’s make.
Some models will carry higher premiums than others; you should keep this in mind when looking to purchase a new car.
What are some vehicles with the lowest premiums:
As of right now, the following cars have the lowest premiums, this is subject to change:
- Large Sedan
- Mid-Sized SUV
- Mid-Sized Minivan
The reason these cars have lower premiums is because they are family cars, and the driver of these vehicles are not likely to speed or drive recklessly.
Just because you drive a big SUV or your drive a luxury car, does not mean your insurance premium will be lower; in fact, in many cases, the premium will be higher. Why? Well for one, if you purchase a luxury car because it is a theft magnet, the insurance will be a little higher just in case it is stolen! For bigger cars, the premium is usually higher because when there is a collision, a large car will cause a lot of damage.
Before you purchase your next vehicle, speak to one of our insurance agents; we can help research different models you’re interested in, and give you a ballpark figure on how much your premium would cost.
Feel free to give us a call to go over car insurance premiums at 978-745-3300. We will do all the research and help you find an affordable premium for the model you wish to purchase!