The Basics of Liability Insurance for Businesses

Small business owners bear a lot of burdens as they build their business. Much energy is poured into a business… and regrettably, even when you take extreme care with the work you do and the quality you provide, anyone can sue you for any reason.

There is nothing to stop a person from claiming you were at fault, and many business owners don’t plan for the possibility of business lawsuits. Consequently, they have no plan for responding to one, and when they are faced with a claim, they go out of business at the expense of the lawsuit.

For that reason, business liability insurance has a place in the market. Business liability policies exist to protect businesses from financial damage resulting from lawsuits and legal claims.

There are three main types of business liability policies I want to share with you today: General Liability Insurance, Professional Liability Insurance, and Product Liability Insurance.

General liability policies are broad coverage policies – they can protect a business from claims of injury or property destruction, as well as claims of slander or false marketing.

Professional liability policies are appropriate for service-based businesses.

This type of policy protects you from claims of errors, omissions of data, malpractice, and other service-related problems that can cause damage to your clients. Sometimes this type of policy is required by law, depending on the industry you provide service in.

Product liability policies protect a business that manufactures or sells products.

It protects a business in the event that a claim is filed by someone who was injured as a result of a product you manufactured or sold is defective. The person making the claim can be the person who bought the product, a person using the product, or even someone just standing nearby who was injured while someone else was using the product.

This type of insurance policy protects against the legal claims that can come out of defective products, or claims of defective products.

It’s important to check the options to protect your business… you never know when someone will file a claim against you, and it pays to be ready to handle that risk.