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Understanding Key Insurance Coverage for Businesses: 5 Ways

As a business owner, it is essential that you understand and have the appropriate insurance coverage to protect your company. The right insurance coverage can help protect your business from legal action, costly damages, and unexpected losses. Protecting your company’s assets and employees should be a top priority. Let’s explore five key business insurance covers that every business needs.

January 27th, 2023

Commercial Property Insurance

Commercial property insurance provides protection against damage or loss of physical property owned by the business such as buildings, equipment, furniture fixtures, inventory, and other assets. This type of insurance can also cover lost income due to disruptions caused by covered events such as weather-related damage to physical assets or even theft.

General Liability Insurance

General liability insurance protects businesses from claims of negligence and third-party bodily injury or property damage claims. It will typically cover the costs associated with defending lawsuits as well as any settlements or judgments if found liable in court. General liability coverage is often required when signing contracts with vendors or customers.

Business Interruption Insurance

Business interruption insurance helps businesses recover losses sustained due to unforeseen events such as natural disasters, power outages, vandalism, etc., that disrupt normal operations of the business. This type of coverage typically covers lost income while the company rebuilds its operations after a covered event. It may also include expenses related to relocating operations and advertising costs necessary for rebranding following an incident that disrupts normal operations of the business for an extended period of time. 

Professional Liability Insurance

Professional Liability insurance provides protection from claims of negligence or failure to perform professional duties relating to advice given by professionals in the course of their work. For example, this type of coverage would provide protection for accountants who make mistakes on client tax filings or IT consultants whose advice results in hardware/software malfunctions at clients’ locations.  

Commercial Auto Insurance 

Commercial auto insurance provides protection against physical damage caused by vehicles operated in connection with the insured’s business activities. Depending on the policy purchased, commercial auto policies may provide additional protection against uninsured motorists and other liabilities resulting from vehicle accidents involving company-owned vehicles and those driven by employees while conducting company business activities away from the home office location. 

Having adequate insurance protection is essential for any successful small business operation today; it not only protects you financially but also allows you to focus on running your day-to-day operations without worrying about potential financial losses resulting from unforeseen events outside your control. The five key types of insurance coverage discussed above are just some examples; depending on your specific industry there may be additional types of coverage that are necessary for full protection of your company’s assets and employees going forward.

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