Peachtree Clown Alley
(PCA) of Atlanta GA

Clown Insurance

The information on this page is provided strictly for informational purposes only.
It is not intended to be legal advice, or to promote or recommend any specific vendor.

Clowning can be fun, Fun, FUN! but accidents happen. Amateur& professional clowns all, should protect themselves.

Amateur clowns should probably have a signed agreement with the event sponsor, waiving all liability. If anybody has a good form letter they would like to share with all, please e-mail it to the webmaster and he will make it available to all.

Professional clowns should be insured! Many clients will require Proof-of-Insurance before hiring you!

Why Purchase Performer's Insurance?

(taken from the face painting discussion list, but directly applies to Professional Clowning)

One of the most common questions to the face painter's discussion list is "what about insurance and do I really need it?" If you ask several professional face painters you are like to get several answers. Some of these will have very strong opinions from "I would never accept a face painting job with out first signing up for insurance" to "it is all a scam, put your money back in your pocket". There are other face painters where one of the conditions of getting a booking is first to show proof of insurance coverage. While we are not going to tell you specifically what you should or should not do, we will give you some information that can certainly help you in making that decision. In addition, we will give you some contacts on where you might obtain insurance for face painters. We are willing to add other potential insurance sources that cover face painters. This is by no means an endorsement of these insurance companies and you should thoroughly check these out before you buy.

The first question is why does one even buy insurance? We buy life, home, health, fire, theft, dental and even disability insurance. We are basically placing monetary "bets" against something happening aren't we? Each of us we have different odds on a pay off of insurance benefits. The funny part is we really do not want the insurance company to be called upon. We hope that the "bad thing" does not happen requiring the payment of insurance funds. Often we pay a premium each month and make claims against the health policy as needed. We do this knowing up front that we will always be paying out more in premiums that we receive in claims paid. These claims are paid for by the insurance company. We even allow the insurance company to collect above and beyond these claims just in case of high unexpected claims like complications in surgery or cancer or other long term illnesses that can be very expensive. We want the comfort to know those funds would be available should we need them. Each type of insurance company has different relative insurance risks or odds. With these odds we are expected to pay higher premiums depending on the risk we are to that particular insurance carrier. Keep in mind ALL insurance companies are in the business to make money. This is no difference to your local McDonald's franchise or Microsoft Corporation. They must collect in premiums AT LEAST slightly more, than they pay out in overhead and in claims. If I had previously been diagnosed with cancer, or heart problems, it is expected that I would have to pay higher premiums than someone who has never been in the hospital. Likewise a healthy, athletic 20 year old male would be paying less premiums than someone that is 85 years old and in ill health. It boils down to actuary tables and assumed risk. These insurance companies have it down to a science. So you need your decision to include questions like "what are my risk factors?" and "what is the likelihood that a claim will be made against me?"

The second question is, cost versus benefit? Is it worth it? If you are going to pay $35 per month are you going to receive $35 per month in value? What are the odds that you ever will make a claim and if you make a claim will you get the claim paid? Or if you pay $35 per month is that going to give you a $35 per month of piece of mind against a possible law suit? It really is a simple question. Do you think you will get your $35 worth? If the answer is yes, then sign on the dotted line and send in your check. You might ask this question after paying premiums for one year or two because the answer might change. Also if you had to make a claim how well did the insurance company handle your problem?

When you are considering insurance you might ask yourself, what exactly am I going to get out of the deal? For example, what are the possible things that you might do as a face painter that put you at risk? What is the possibly the worst thing that could happen to you? Are they realistic and what are the chances that your insurance company will come through and fix the problem?

Some things you might consider...

  1. What are your work habits including products, cleanliness, staffing and organization skills?
  2. An allergic reaction? see http://www.snazaroo.com/FAQ-safety.htm
  3. Poke a child in the eye with a brush
  4. Your table, chair or other equipment cause injury to a child or to personal property
  5. Mixing your products with unsafe materials
  6. Use contaminated water
  7. Cross contaminate children
  8. Be in an unsafe work area
  9. Sexual harassment claims
  10. Physical abuse claims

Keep in mind that the world is getting more and more lawyers everyday. Does this put you at risk even if the claim is invalid?

The question is, if you have insurance does that mean that you simply turn over "the problem" to your insurance company and it goes away? Is that piece of paper that you pay $35 per month (or whatever it is) going to give you the support you think it will?When was the last time you made a claim against your own current insurance policies and were your claims handled as smoothly as you expected? Are you working for a reparable insurance company? All insurance companies are not the same. Like in all financial decisions, buyer beware. Make sure you look around and check out for the best coverage for the money. If it sounds to good to be true, it probably is. Ask them if they have had to pay a claim and how it was handled. If you can pick up one policy for $5 per month and there is another policy for $150 per moth there is a reason for it. Find out why. One painter might be perfectly comfortable with the $5 policy and another think that the $150 policy is the best value because of what is covered.

If you have an insurance company how do you make a claim? How fast do they act?

These are questions you might ask when considering insurance... ask your potential agent.

  1. What are the costs?
  2. Do they specifically cover face painters?
  3. What percentage of their insurance covers face painters?
  4. What is covered by the policy?
  5. What is not covered by the policy?
  6. How do I make insurance claims?
  7. If there is a claim can I divert the person with the problem directly to the insurance company?
  8. Is there a limit to the payout on the claim?
  9. Is there a deductible that would need to be paid first?
  10. Is there a fee per claim?
  11. Under what conditions could the policy be canceled?
  12. Is it an automatically renewed policy?
  13. Specifically, what face painting claims have been made in the last 3 years and how were they handled?
  14. Would the insurance company pay attorney fee if required?
  15. If "the problem" was due to negligence by yourself is the insurance still in effect?
  16. Are they endorsed by an agency, group or organization?
  17. Do the rates go up or down depending on how many claims you might make?
  18. How many claims did they pay out in the last 3 years and what were they for?
  19. When was the last price increase and what was it?
  20. What type of document does the insurance company give you? Does it SPECIFICALLY state what is and is not covered?
  21. Some of your customers require that they be added as "additional insured". Does this policy allow this and how much does it cost per incident? Is this also put into writing?
  22. Is the policy prorated?
  23. Does it cover other claims like fire, theft, health or bodily injury?
  24. Does it cover you personally if there is an accident and you are injured?

The bottom line you need to ask yourself is, for the money you pay out, are you going to get your money's worth in terms of coverage, payout or piece of mind? Everyone you ask will have a different opinion and many of them will be quite vocal.


Performer's Insurance Providers

Here is a list of insurance agencies that provide insurance for performing clowns.
This list has been gathered from various sources, and may not be up to date, so please verify it for yourself.

World Clown Association (WCA)

Insurance available to members of WCA

 

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