Your business represents a considerable investment of your ideas, time, and money. In today’s operating and legal environment your business faces a diversity of risks e.g., assets damage, larceny, personal injury claims, and natural disasters. Therefore most business owners would want to safe guard their investment.
Your Business is also liable to a number of 3rd parties in the event of an accidents including (and based on the nature of the business), false advertising, discrimination, professional malpractice, harassment, etc.-more reasons for this type of general insurance.
Usually when it comes to selecting business insurance for a business, you will require some sort of all-purpose Business Property insurance which will protect and shield you from a wide variety of losses.
This insurance policy would preferably include protection on Buildings, office furniture, office machines & electronics, to possible Loss of Income due to accidents on premises or business or coverage against natural disasters. The loss or damage of business assets could result in a disruption of business systems and may even lead to a total shutdown of business operations.
The right mix of purchased insurance can be the thing that prevents a closure of your business due to losses from accident and emergency, and instead enables a business reopening after time-closed for repairs.
For example, suppose a fire damages your business’s main building and contents. Without insurance, you could be out of business and probably even personally liable for any outstanding debts and contractual agreements.
However, if you carried business & property insurance on the building, your business could meet the cost of restoring or reconstructing the building. Insurance coverage on the business’s plant and machines would also provide finances to refurbish damaged machinery.
Another rationale as to why your business should have insurance is to protect against employee malpractice. Employment Practices Liability insurance is a coverage that is beginning to be required by more organizations.
While employment malpractice liabilities are rarely encountered in small and medium sized enterprises, the threat of wrongful dismissal or harassment lawsuits, which are disqualified under most business policies, become more widespread as the size of your organization grows.
Through personal injuries suffered on your business premises, your company could face liability claims and lawsuits. For example, trade outlets can be found liable if a shopper is injured on the property. Industrial companies can be found liable if merchandise is defective and causes injury.
Also, a business owner of a Service provider can be found liable for providing inadequate care or misleading advice be it intentionally or not. Liability insurance can provide the funds to settle liability claims, basically by separating your business from you in a legal context and protecting you from losses due to litigation.
If your business has employees, worker’s compensation insurance will be compulsory.
This is a form of insurance that provides medical cover for employees who are injured in the course of employment, in exchange for mandatory relinquishment of the employee’s right to sue his or her employer for the tort of negligence. Other Insurance which may be important for a business is Auto coverage for company vehicles and Health insurance plans tailored to the needs of a organization & business.
By James Clapton