People who own a business work hard to grow their company. They invest hour after hour, hard work, and focused attention to make sure that they will be successful. Incredibly, even the most conscientious business owners will many times make common mistakes when it comes to business liability insurance.
First, they will set the limits of the policy too low. Business owners sometimes don’t understand that once they pay for their initial insurance policy, extra coverage is very inexpensive. Sometimes you can actually double your coverage limits for only 10% more in premium costs!
Secondly, business owners will often not even read their insurance policy. These intimidating documents are tedious to read through… full of legal jargon, and a lot of contract verbiage. It’s not wise thought to accept a policy without reading it. An option that wise business owners sometimes exercise is asking an attorney to review the documents before they purchase the policy.
One of the critical points in the policy is “defend or indemnify”. It’s imperative to purchase a policy only if the insurer will defend the insured if a law suit is filed against them. A business owner also needs to know what amount the insurance company will pay if a judgment is against the business.
The third mistake a business owner makes is buying the wrong type of insurance. Casualty insurance and liability insurance are the two general categories. Casualty insurance policies will cover a business’s losses that come from unexpected events, like accidents. Liability insurance policies protect a business against losses of other people who file claims against you. Most policies provide both casualty and liability insurance, but it’s important for a business owner to understand exactly what they’re getting in both categories.
All in all, business liability insurance policies generally provide everything a business owner needs to protect themselves, but it’s absolutely crucial to approach it with care and attention.