Preparedness is crucial as social media use is as pervasive as it’s ever been. The Pew Research Centre reports that in 2017 nearly seven in ten Americans use social media in some form, which has risen considerably since 2005.
The reality is that most people who take their rants and reviews to Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter among other outlets, do so in haste. They typically don’t consider the implications of their actions when they hit “post.” But, if the target of the rant or a negative online business review sees it as defaming, it’s easy to illustrate the slander in a claim since they have it in writing. This makes it all too easy to be held accountable. Unfortunately, your basic homeowners insurance, even if it includes personal injury insurance, won’t cover you if you’re sued for defamation.
According to Insurance Journal, umbrella policies are a must-have for most, with 13 percent of personal injury liability awards and settlements at $1 million or more, and with lawsuits as widespread as social media. Unfortunately, the millions of Americans who utilize social media underestimate the importance of purchasing umbrella insurance for social media liability coverage.
So, if your teenager is involved in a contentious argument on Facebook, or worse yet – a cyberbullying situation – you might be hit with a lawsuit. The ramifications could leave you extremely vulnerable with tremendous out of pocket expenses. Investing in an umbrella policy that covers slander and libel, helps with legal fees and helps pay for fines or damages, could prove invaluable.
Without personal umbrella insurance, if you’re sued for something you or a family member disseminates on social media and found liable for a settlement in excess of what your homeowners insurance covers, you’ll find yourself driven into a worst-case scenario law suit, all because you didn’t purchase additional insurance. So in addition to supplementing your liability coverage for your auto and home, an umbrella insurance policy can also protect you from unforeseen social media liability. An umbrella insurance policy may be less expensive than you think. Contact your broker to ensure you are properly covered.