Obtaining Business Insurance

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Liability insurance is the other kind of insurance no business should be without. General liability is just that — very general in nature and protects your business from liability arising from negligence on your part that may cause injury to others, such as a customer or employee. It also protects your company if someone is injured as a result of using your service. When you consider that the legal expenses, settlement or judgment expenses of a single lawsuit could drive your business into bankruptcy, you’ll see why this kind of insurance is considered a “must-have”. Also check whether or not your general liability insurance policy also covers product liability for the valves you may be replacing. If not, you’ll want to add this type of specific liability insurance to your package. You should include “Errors and Omissions” coverage which protects you in the event you are sued as a result of a mistake in your work.

What limits of General Liability should you purchase? According to the Insurance Industry at-large, the absolute minimum in this day and age should be million; most businesses should consider increasing this to or million. The good news is that insurance is not priced on a straight line basis. Since smaller claims are much more likely than large ones, the first million in coverage will cost the most; an additional to million will not cost double or triple the amount.

Different types of liability coverage have developed over the years do address specific business needs. When buying a liability policy, you should be aware that there are two types of coverage, occurrence coverage and claims-made coverage. Occurrence coverage is more expensive but covers you based on when the loss happened, even if it was many years ago. Claims-made coverage only covers you while the policy is in force and the claim is made. With occurrence coverage, as long as you always have some policy in force, you will not have gaps in coverage. With a claims-made policy, it is possible to have gaps when you have not coverage in force.

Commercial Auto Coverage

If you use any vehicles in your business, you need commercial auto coverage. Personal auto policies generally exclude coverage if the vehicle is used in business; be sure to read your policy or ask your agent. Otherwise, vehicles used in business need business auto coverage. The good news is that commercial auto coverage is usually very competitive and can even be cheaper in some cases than personal auto coverage. As is the case with General Liability, you should purchase at least million in limits.

Worker’s Compensation

If you are a backflow contractor that employs other backflow techs in your business, Worker’s Compensation is insurance you will want to carry. It is surprising that this is often the most misunderstood business insurance coverage since it covers exactly what it says. This coverage reimburses workers who are injured on the job for lost wages, medical and rehabilitation costs. It is required by law in virtually every state. Generally, there are two aspects of this coverage: the first covers the lost wages and medical costs of the injured employee; the second covers the employer’s liability should the injured employee or his family decide to sue. In most states the worker’s compensation system is the sole remedy for an injured worker. As a small business owner you will likely have the option of excluding yourself from worker’s compensation coverage in exchange for a reduction in your premium. Weigh this option carefully in light of your personal medical insurance, which may have an exclusion for job-related injuries.

Business Interruption Insurance

Additionally there is insurance business owners may also want to purchase to protect their businesses from incurring the kinds of losses that can close their doors: Hurricane Katrina is just one example of an unforeseen natural disaster that could force you to suspend your business operations; floods, tornadoes, and wild fires are other examples. Or, on a more commonplace level, your business could be the victim of vandalism or theft. Business Interruption insurance protects you from the loss of revenue incurred when you’re forced to close down. It usually has an interesting deductible based on the number of days you are out of business rather than a dollar amount and will generally only kick in after your business has been down X number of days. The premium for this coverage will be based on your business income and reimbursement will be made according to your average of income.

Umbrella Insurance

Is it actually possible for you to buy an insurance policy that can save you money on other insurance policies? It is and an umbrella policy is a great example. An umbrella policy is a type of liability coverage that protects you if there is a judgment against

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