Coverage Part A of the commercial general liability (CGL) policy begins: “We will pay those sums that the insured becomes legally obligated to pay as damages because of ‘bodily injury’ or ‘property damage’ to which this insurance applies.” Somewhat similar wording is found in the business auto policy, and most “general” liability coverage. These policies extend coverage when the insured is “legally liable” for specific injury or damage. But what is legal liability and how does the insured become legally liable?
Legal liability is imposed by statute or the courts on the person or entity responsible for causing financial injury or damage to another “person.” Legal liability can arise from intentional acts, unintentional acts or contracts (express or implied). In this class we:
- Define and differentiate between “public wrongs” and “private wrongs”
- Introduce the various types of “Torts”
- Detail the concept of “Negligence”
- Define “damages”
- Break down causation and ultimate liability
- Introduce several common and unique legal theories related to degrees of negligence
Christopher J. Boggs, CPCU, ARM, ALCM, LPCS, AAI, APA, CWCA, CRIS, AINS
Christopher J. Boggs, CPCU, ARM, ALCM, LPCS, AAI, APA, CWCA, CRIS, AINS, joined the insurance industry in 1990. He is the Executive Director of the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America (Big "I") Virtual University. His current duties involve researching, writing, and teaching property and casualty insurance coverages and concepts to Big "I" members and others in the insurance industry.
During his career, Boggs has authored more than 300 insurance and risk management-related articles on a wide range of topics as diverse as Credit Default Swaps, the MCS-90, and enterprise risk management. In addition to this, Boggs has written 13 insurance and risk management books:
- "The Insurance Professional's Practical Guide to Workers' Compensation: From History through Audit," now in its second edition;
- "Business Income Insurance Demystified: The Simplified Guide to Time Element Coverages," now in its third edition;
- "Property and Casualty Insurance Concepts Simplified: The Ultimate 'How to' Insurance Guide for Agents, Brokers, Underwriters and Adjusters;"
- "Wow! I Never Knew That! 12 of the Most Misunderstood and Misused P&C Coverages, Concepts and Exclusions;"
- "Insurance, Risk & Risk Management! The Insurance Professional's Guide to Risk Management and Insurance;"
- "Workers' Compensation: How You Can Effectively Answer Your Clients 12 Most Commonly Asked Questions;"
- "Glossary of Insurance Terms;"
- "Choosing the Best Risk Financing Option;"
- "Writing Property and Liability Coverage for Condos;"
- "The Truth about Enterprise Risk Management;"
- "The Experience Mod Worksheet;"
- "What has ISO Done to us Now?" and
- "Cancellations, Non-Renewals & Conditional Renewals: THE Insurance Professional's Guide to Statutory Insurance Carrier Notification Requirements for All 50 States!"
Boggs is a regular speaker at industry events, speaking for groups such as the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (NAMIC), the National Society of Insurance Premium Auditors (NSIPA), the American Association of Managing General Agents (AAMGA), the Institute of Work Comp Professionals (IWCP), and the CPCU Society.
A graduate of Liberty University with a bachelor's degree in Journalism, Boggs' background includes work as a risk management consultant, loss control representative, producer, claims manager, and quality assurance specialist