Claims Advocacy You Can Count On

Ames & Gough takes an active role in assisting our clients on claims matters, providing both facilitation and advocacy support.

Claims Advocacy

Our in-depth knowledge of design firm risks and claims issues allows us to provide highly specialized support.  Controlling the cost of risk requires not only active loss prevention, but also effective management of claims and litigation. A comprehensive claims management program must address pre-loss issues, coordination of all parties to the loss, and post­ loss strategy.

 Ames & Gough stands ready to advocate on behalf of a client with regard to a specific claim, if needed.  In the past, such matters have included initial coverage denials, lobbying for assignment of the client’s preferred defense counsel and other unique claim issues.  Given the insurance company backgrounds of many of our senior staff, we have the skill and industry relationships to negotiate with insurance adjusters to get fair treatment on behalf of our clients.

 Pre-Loss Claims Planning Services – We work with our clients to:

  • enhance their internal procedures and responsibilities for assessing whether there has been a “claim”;
  • maximize the use of any pre-claims assistance available for professional liability claims;
  • develop customized claims reporting checklists;
  • work with their insurers to prepare a pre-approved list of outside counsel where appropriate; and
  • conduct training workshops to enhance our client’s understanding of coverages, claims preparedness, and claims pitfalls.

Post-Loss Claims Management Services – We guide our clients through all facets of the claims process immediately after an event to:

  • ensure implementation of and adherence to the client’s internal and the insurer’s external claims-handling procedures;
  • counsel clients on coverage limitations and requirements;
  • manage timely notice and acknowledgement of claims;
  • advocate on behalf of our clients, including assistance in resolving claims disputes;
  • advise our clients on approaches and methodologies of measuring and documenting all components of loss and assembling the corresponding claim submission;
  • assist our clients with the negotiation strategy for proceeding with the claim presentation and settlement process; and
  • support timely collection of settlement monies from insurers.

Helpful Resources

AMES & GOUGH TO OFFER EMPLOYEE BENEFITS SERVICES FOR SMALL AND MID-SIZED EMPLOYERS

AMES & GOUGH TO OFFER EMPLOYEE BENEFITS SERVICES FOR SMALL AND MID-SIZED EMPLOYERS

WASHINGTON, DC, January 10, 2022 – Ames & Gough, a leading insurance broker and risk management consultant specializing in serving design professionals, law firms, associations/nonprofits and other professional service organizations, today announced it will now offer employee benefits services in addition to its professional liability, property/casualty and risk management capabilities. The firm appointed Justin Gough as vice president to lead the new initiative.

Avoiding Coverage Issues When Admitting Responsibility

Avoiding Coverage Issues When Admitting Responsibility

Here’s the scenario: An issue arises during construction that originates from a design problem, and as a result, there will be an associated change order by the contractor. Although this situation has not given rise to a formal claim, the firm believes the costs associated with the change order are likely to be well within the standard of care or the professional liability deductible.

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