Starting or investing in a business is a big step – both emotionally and financially, which is why most business owners chose to protect their future with general liability insurance. One of the most costly mistakes made in business is not investing in general liability insurance, which can be purchased along with property insurance to insure all business insurance needs are met both at the location of your business, as well as at other addresses where business is conducted.
General liability insurance typically addresses and covers any claims involving property or bodily damage, along with personal injury (such as slander and libel), as well as advertising injury. Without GL insurance coverage to protect profits, business owners run the risk of financial loss, whether from payout due to legitimate or fraudulent claims. With the range of options offered in GL insurance policies, including defense and medical costs, as well as premises and tenant’s liability, there are many customization options for every individual business.
However, with as many benefits that GL insurance allows for, there are certain circumstances when liability is not covered. Such is the case with some professional liability situations, which exist when business owners or their employees make professional recommendations during the course of doing business. In this case, a business owner may want to add a professional liability policy to an existing general liability policy.
As a rule, general and property liability insurance is one of the most basic types of insurance a business should invest in, as it will provide peace of mind with a variety of claims up to a specific amount, including theft or destruction of property. In this ever-changing economy, at least knowing your coverage is there for you can be the calm in the storm that every business owner needs.
By John Benson