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Insurance For Your Halloween Costumes

Taken From: Property and Casualty 360 By: Shannon Frech Gone are the days when a sheet with two holes for eyes constituted a costume. Those trying to circumvent the expense of Halloween by making their own costumes should use common sense around hazards like candles or fireplaces and be sure to read all manufacturer warnings. Susan and Frank Ferlito attended a Halloween party dressed as Little Bo Peep and one of her sheep. Frank lit a cigarette and ignited his sheep costume, which was constructed from Johnson & Johnson cotton balls. A jury found the couple 50 percent at fault, but still awarded the Ferlitos a combined $625,000 in Ferlito v. Johnson & Johnson. The district court granted Johnson & Johnson’s motion for judgment notwithstanding the verdict. On appeal, the court affirmed the district court’s decision to set aside the jury verdict, and noted…read more →

Are You Planning a Halloween Party?

Taken From: Property and Casualty 360 By: Shannon Frech As you all know Halloween is full of tricks or all sorts as well as its treats. That’s why Dan Lawrie Insurances Brokers located in Hamilton, Ontario would like to tell you a few stories of the top five lawsuits that have happened in the month of October over the past few years. Keep in mind that these have actually happened and can happen to you. Megan Duskey went to the “Haunted Hotel Ball” hosted by Palmer House Hilton in Chicago in 2010. Instead of a fun night with friends, Megan fell four floors to her death after attempting to slide down a railing and suffering head trauma. Her parents filed suit in July of this year, alleging negligence on the part of Palmer House Hilton as well as the event companies hosting the party. The suit claims that…read more →

Dan Lawrie Insurance Brokers Wants You!

Hey Hamilton Ontario, did you know that Dan Lawrie Insurance Brokers are currently looking for someone to join the Dan Lawrie Insurance Brokers team? That’s right you can now the fast pace world of insurance. All you need to do is send your resume to us and we will set up an interview with you. We have listed our current job openings below. Don’t forget to check back and see all of our new job openings here and all of our social sites. Personal Lines Customer Service We are currently looking for a Personal Lines Customer Service Representative (CSR) with a minimum of 3 year’s experience, RIBO licensed and a desire to continue their insurance career in a highly energetic, professional and positive environment.The successful candidate must have a strong work ethic and organizational skills, be a team player and have the ability to…read more →

Fall is House Fire Season

Fall is here.  Your heater has probably been off all summer.  Did you know that heating is the second leading cause of house fires?  That’s right, 14 percent of all residential building fires responded to by fire departments are caused by trying to heat a home.  Cooking fires are the number one cause of residential fires. Annually, an estimated average over 50,000 residential fires caused by heating occurred between 2008 to 2010.  This translates into and annual average of $326 million in property loss, 575 injuries and 150 deaths, according to government figures. A “heating fire” is a term used to describe fires that are caused by central, portable or fixed heating units, fireplaces, chimneys, heating stoves and even water heaters. To reduce the risk of fire the Dan Lawrie Insurance Brokers in Hamilton Ontario offers the following advice: Maintain heating equipment and chimneys by…read more →

Tips on How to Keep Your Insurance Rates Down

Everyone knows that many factors are involved in determining what you pay for your auto insurance. Factors such as where you live and what you drive, your age, sex and marital status are just a few.  One of the biggest factors, however, is your driving record.  Having a bad, or even less than perfect driving record will make you a higher risk to the insurance companies and therefore you will pay hundreds more than the a person of the same age, sex, vehicle and marital status, living in the same area, with a better driving record.   Among the citations to have the highest impact on premiums is reckless driving.  Reckless driving as defined by Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary is, “Operating an automobile in a dangerous manner under the circumstances, including speeding (or going too fast for the conditions, even if within the posted speed limit)…read more →

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