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Don’t underestimate your risk
Getting the right liability insurance is designed to protect you from lawsuits, mishaps and third-party property damage that can devastate your business.
Normally, you will need a few different categories o
General liability: The foundation of all contractor insurance coverage is a general liability policy (subject to the terms and conditions of the policy purchased).
- Bodily injury: Provides coverage if you or someone you employ causes injury or death to a third party during the course of work. It provides for medical care for the injured person and covers your legal defense if you are sued for damages.
- Property damage: Provides coverage if you or one of your employees causes damage to property belonging to others. This includes the building or property you are working on or any third-party property.
- Completed operations/product: Provides coverage in case a project you finished has an issue or causes damage. It can also extend to any products you sell or distribute.
- Advertising personal injury: Covers the risk of damaging another’s reputation or causing a loss through slander, libel or false advertising claims.
- Contract liability: This covers you in a contract dispute. It is not always included in general liability coverage so verify that you carry this coverage with your insurer.
The specific liability insurance coverage you need will be unique to your business. We will work with you to help develop a comprehensive liability insurance package based on your needs and desires.
Do you need a Business Owners policy?
A Business Owners Policy (BOP) is an insurance package policy designed for small business. A small business is generally defined as a business that generates about $5 million or less in annual revenues and meets specific requirements for qualification. The qualifications vary depending on the insurance provider.
Some of the additional coverages that can typically be bundled with a BOP include:
- Property damage: This insurance covers your owned or rented property if it is damaged. This includes office buildings, storage facilities, warehouses, workshops, or garages. It does not cover commercial vehicles.
- Business income: This protects you from loss of income if your business is interrupted due to a covered loss. It usually covers income and operating expenses for up to 12 months.
- Commercial auto: Insures your cars, trucks, vans, specialized trucks or any vehicles used for business purposes.
Do You Need Workers Compensation Insurance?
Workers Compensation Coverage
In most states if you have employees then this isn’t even a question of do I want this? This is a must to be able to employee staff. Workers Compensation (otherwise known as workers comp) is strictly designed to ensure payment by employers for some part of cost of injuries to an employee. Some examples of this can be things like:
- Injury at Work
- Disease caused by work environment
In most cases an incident would need to take place while the employee is at the place of employment, however it would be best to discuss with your local independent insurance agent for more of a case-by-case basis.
Should You Consider Professional Liability Coverage?
When you are looking for the right insurance for your business, you will have many choices, including whether to buy professional liability insurance, also known as “errors and omission” insurance or “E & O.”
E & O is a liability policy that protects you if you make a mistake that causes a financial loss to a client. Similar to general liability, it can provide legal defense and claims settlements, if necessary.
You may want or need this coverage under the following circumstances:
- You provide professional advice in your line of work. This can include everything from recommending a particular type of plumbing or wiring to providing interior design services.
- You hire employees or subcontractors who provide any sort of advice or consulting services.
- Your state requires you to have E & O insurance due to the work you perform.
If you utilize subcontractors, it is a good idea to make certain they are insured with professional liability as well, as they may not be covered by your policy.