Liability Insurance

Liability Insurance

Liability insurance is a type of coverage that protects your business against claims resulting from bodily injury or property damage. It helps you offset legal costs and payouts to cover yourself and your business in case of a lawsuit, regardless of your business size or industry.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Liability Insurance

Is liability insurance mandatory?

Liability insurance is not mandatory to operate your business, but as a business owner, you may be at a higher exposure to risk than the average person. A liability incident could take seconds to occur, and months for you to recover. Should it happen to you, it’s best to be prepared to cover costly legal expenses that may potentially threaten the survival of your business.

How do I get liability insurance?

We’ve made purchasing liability insurance for your business a quick and easy process. With our simple-to-use online platform, you can get a free, customized business quote in under thirty minutes. Have questions about what coverage or policy is best for you? Please speak to one of our dedicated brokers about customizing your insurance policy to meet your unique business needs.

Do independent contractors need liability insurance?

As an independent or freelance contractor, you are exposed to many of the same risks as a larger company. Liability insurance provides coverage for costs associated with lawsuits or claims brought against you or your business. When determining what type of liability insurance, you need to protect your business, consider your profession. For example, an independent accountant and snow removal contractor both require insurance, but the type and amount of coverage they need vary based on the risks specific to their profession.

What is third-party liability insurance?

When it comes to liability insurance, it is important to understand who is covered if a liability lawsuit or claim brought against you or your business. Third-party liability insurance is coverage that protects you against costs associated with lawsuits or claims alleging bodily injury or property damage to another person, client, vendor, or business (the third party). You and your business are considered first-party, and a liability insurance policy will not cover injuries or property damage to yourself or your employees.

What is the difference between professional liability and commercial general liability insurance?

The primary difference between professional liability and commercial general liability (CGL) insurance is the type of risks they cover. CGL covers the cost of legal and medical expenses associated with claims alleging third-party property damage or bodily injury as a result of your business operations. Professional liability insurance, also referred to as errors and omissions, provides coverage for claims alleging negligence or failure to deliver a professional service as promised, which may have led to a financial loss on your client’s behalf.

I work remotely, do I need liability insurance?

Yes, even if you work remotely or don’t have a physical office space, you still need liability insurance to protect you and your business from costs associated with claims or lawsuits. Liability insurance provides coverage for more than slip-and-falls and property damage; if a client is unhappy with the outcome of your service or a product you sold causes an adverse reaction, you may find yourself on the wrong side of a lawsuit.

Coverage

What does Liability Insurance cover?

The risks you are exposed to as a business owner will vary based on the size of your operation, industry, or profession. In general, liability insurance provides coverage for another’s bodily injury, property damage, or financial loss (professional liability) due to your business operations. Regardless of fault, your liability insurance may cover the costs of legal defense, out-of-court settlements, and third-party medical expenses.

Requirements

Who needs Liability Insurance?

Liability insurance is not a mandatory requirement for you to run your business. Still, it can protect you from many of the common risks you encounter in your day-to-day operations and cover costs should you be exposed to a lawsuit. When deciding whether or not to purchase liability coverage, consider your profession. For example, contractors are frequently required to provide proof of insurance before they can secure a contract.

Requirements

What is the cost of Liability Insurance?

The amount of coverage required for your business varies, and so does the cost of your insurance premium. In the online quote application, we ask some questions about your business to gain a better understanding of your coverage needs. The following factors are taken into consideration when determining the cost of your premium:

  • Business size and location;
  • Years of experience;
  • Annual and projected gross revenue;
  • Number of employees; and,
  • Insurance claims history.

Claims Examples

Coverage

Product Liability

Claim: A client claims a skincare product they bought from your spa caused a severe skin reaction.

Outcome: Your client successfully sues you for bodily injury due to a product you sold to them. Your product liability insurance covers the total medical expenses and court costs, totaling $11,000.

Coverage

Property Damage

Claim: Your employee accidentally drops a piece of furniture during a home delivery and damages your client’s hardwood floors.

Outcome: Your client successfully sues you for property damage, and your commercial general liability insurance covers legal expenses and costs to repair the floors, totalling $45,000.

Coverage

Professional Liability

Claim: A client who you developed an e-commerce site for claims your work did not meet the agreed-upon requirements and caused their company to suffer a financial loss.

Outcome: Your client sues your failure to deliver a service, as promised. Your professional liability insurance covers the legal expenses and monetary judgment, totalling $18,000.

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