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Insurance Question from Arnold, CA

Asked on 01/09/2012

Is there such a thing as a short term (2-3 days) homeowner’s rider to cover personal injury liability and property damage? If for a 2-3 day period I have up to 6 volunteers trimming trees that are on my property and near my dwelling structures, and have them cutting and loading firewood to donate to charity, is there a short term (2-3 day period) homeowner's rider I can take out to cover the possibility of personal injury to one or more of the volunteers and to cover possible property damage to my structures?

Answer given on January 11, 2012

You might want to contact your present insurance company or agent and ask about this special circumstance to see what they would suggest and if your insurance company has anything within your state that you could get as a special rider.  Your homeowners insurance already has liability coverage built in, along with Medical Payments to Other which coverage medicl bills.  You may want to increase these coverages.  I would suggest you talk these plans out with your agent thoroughly so he or she can explore any coverage gaps that may exisit.  You may need to have a lawyer to create a form which each volunteer sign holding your harmless for any injury or damages.  Also consult a lawyer for applicable state laws in your state.     


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