A “gap in cover” refers to a period of time when insurance coverage is not in effect (i.e. a period in which you are NOT COVERED). It means a break or interruption in the continuity of insurance protection. During this gap, the policyholder is without the benefits and safeguards provided by the insurance policy.

Key points to consider regarding the implications of a gap in cover:

  • Loss of Continuous Protection: A gap in cover means that there is a period where you are without insurance protection. During this time, any potential claims or incidents arising from your professional activities would not be covered. This can expose you to significant financial risk if a claim is made against you during the uninsured period.
  • Personal Liability: Without insurance coverage, you may become personally liable for any damages or losses incurred by clients or third parties due to errors, omissions, or negligence in your professional services. This can result in substantial financial burdens and potential legal actions against you, affecting your personal assets and reputation.
  • Difficulty Obtaining Future Coverage: Insurance providers may view a gap in cover as a risk factor when considering your application for future insurance policies. It could result in higher premiums, policy exclusions, or even difficulties in obtaining coverage altogether. Maintaining continuous coverage demonstrates your commitment to risk management and professional responsibility.
  • Limited Retroactive Coverage: If you resume insurance coverage after a gap, the new policy may have a retroactive date that excludes coverage for incidents or claims that occurred during the gap period. This means that any potential claims arising from past work done during the uninsured period would not be covered.
  • Professional Relationships and Contracts: Many clients, employers, and industry contracts require proof of insurance coverage as a condition of engagement. Failing to maintain continuous coverage may result in lost business opportunities or breach of contractual obligations, affecting your professional reputation and relationships.

For further information or inquiries, please feel free to contact Shackleton Risk directly and our dedicated team will be happy to assist you.

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