What is General Liability Insurance?
General Liability is protection from the financial impact of a claim made against you by a third party for injury or damage caused by your business operation. This includes the cost of lawsuits, settlements, medical damages and more. The only way to effectively protect the assets of your business is to carry adequate General Liability insurance coverage. General Liability protects your business from damages caused by bodily injury or property damage for which your business is found to be legally liable.
What does General Liability cover?
A typical General Liability policy provides coverage for claims of bodily injury or other physical injury, personal injury (libel or slander), advertising injury and property damage as a result of your products, premises or operations, and can be offered as a package policy with other coverages such as property, crime, automobile and more. As a safeguard against liability, General Liability coverage enables you to continue your normal operations while dealing with real or fraudulent claims of negligence or wrongdoing. General Liability policies also provide coverage for the cost to defend and settle claims.
Here are some items that a typical General Liability policy may cover:
- Automatic additional insured: Coverage is provided for written contracts, agreements and permits.
- Medical expenses: Provides coverage for medical expenses if someone is injured on your premises or by your products.
- Personal and advertising injury: Protects against offenses made by you or your staff during the course of business, such as libel, slander, disparagement or copyright infringement in advertisements.
- Premises and operations liability: Provides coverage for bodily injury and property damage sustained by others on your premises or in conjunction with your business operations.
- Defense costs: Provides coverage for legal expenses for liability claims brought against your business, regardless of who is at fault.
- Products liability: Provides coverage for bodily injury and property damage sustained by others as a result of your products.
How much coverage does your business need?
The amount of coverage that your business needs depend on three factors: perceived risk, where you operate your business and the type of products you manufacture.
- Perceived risk: Consider the amount of risk associated with your business operations and functions. For instance, if you manufacture heavy machinery, you will generally need more coverage as compared to another organization that manufactures stuffed animals.
- Premises and operations liability: If you operate in a state that has a reputation for rewarding high damages, then you may wish to purchase higher limits of liability.
- Type of product manufactured: If you manufacture a dangerous product, you may want to carry higher limits of liability.