How a Valuation Pro Can Help with Business Interruption Claims

September 21, 2022 HoganTaylor

Business Interruption Claims

Summer can bring extreme weather, including floods, droughts, wildfires, tornadoes, and hurricanes. These natural disasters and other crises can interrupt normal business operations, causing significant financial losses.

If disaster strikes, a business interruption insurance policy can allow you to recoup lost profits, repair damaged assets, and cover other incremental expenses. When a covered event has occurred, a business valuation professional can help explain what’s covered and calculate how much you’re entitled to recover.

Coverage basics

Business interruption insurance is arguably one of the most complicated insurance products on the market today. Most policies require claims to be filed in a relatively short period of time (often within 30 days).

In addition to replacing any damaged assets, such as inventory or machinery, a business interruption policy typically covers lost business income. This is basically the profits that would have been earned if it weren’t for the interruption. The income is typically limited to 12 months or the period the business is interrupted. Some policies also cover the costs of moving to, and operating from, a temporary location. The expenses for permanent relocation, if necessary, may also be included.

Most policies will also cover ordinary and necessary operating expenses that the business still incurred. Examples of these “continuing costs” may include rent, salaries, and related payroll costs during the interruption period.

Beyond continuing costs, the insured may be reimbursed for:

  • Other reasonable expenses that allow the business to continue operating while the damage is being repaired
  • Rebuilding costs
  • Denial-of-access losses


It’s important to note that you generally have a duty to mitigate losses during the business interruption period. Mitigation strategies that compromise long-term operations typically aren’t required.

For example, a damaged manufacturer wouldn’t be required to lay off its plant manager or top salesperson to save on salary and benefits costs during the interruption period. These individuals are key people who could be difficult to replace when normal operations business is resumed.

Loss calculations

Damaged businesses often hire an outside valuation specialist to help throughout the claims process. In fact, some policies even cover the cost of using an outside expert to help estimate damages.

Outside expertise is particularly helpful if the insured has already submitted a claim and is experiencing push back or denial from the insurance company. The business may also need professional help to get the insurer’s attention. Particularly after a major disaster when insurance carriers are overwhelmed with business interruption claims.

In addition, a valuation pro can help assemble and review the requisite documentation to support a claim, such as financial statements, tax returns, receipts, utility bills, and vendor information. These experts can also negotiate directly with insurance auditors to resolve the claim as quickly as possible.

Let us handle the details

Putting together a comprehensive business interruption claim is time-consuming and takes careful consideration. Claims may be delayed or denied if there are different interpretations of loss calculations, income projections, or the meaning of policy provisions. Contact us to discuss your situation. Our business valuation pros can help alleviate the stress of filing a claim, allowing you to focus on getting your business back up and running.

How HoganTaylor Can Help

If you have any questions about this content, or if you would like more information about HoganTaylor’s Forensic, Valuation & Litigation Support practice, please contact Clay Glasgow, CPA, ABV, CFF, CFE , Advisory Partner. 

INFORMATIONAL PURPOSE ONLY. This content is for informational purposes only. This content does not constitute professional advice and should not be relied upon by you or any third party, including to operate or promote your business, secure financing or capital in any form, obtain any regulatory or governmental approvals, or otherwise be used in connection with procuring services or other benefits from any entity. Before making any decision or taking any action, you should consult with professional advisors.

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