General liability insurance isn't required by law. However, it provides key coverage that could protect your business from bankruptcy if a client sues. Plus, in certain situations, this policy may be required. For example, you may need it for:
Because of the high cost of a lawsuit, general liability insurance is recommended for every small business.
General liability insurance covers the most common third-party lawsuits (lawsuits filed by someone outside your business). This includes:
A lawsuit, even a frivolous one, can quickly escalate into thousands of dollars in legal costs. If a client or other person outside of your company sues, your policy can pay for:
Most small businesses opt for:
That means the policy would pay $1 million on one incident, or $2 million on all claims while it’s active. The policyholder would need to pay $500 before getting money back on a claim. Large companies will need more coverage, as their claims could end up costing more.
Yes – and it could be required. Independent contractors and sole proprietors face the same risks as small businesses. You may need this policy to:
Even if a contract does not require it, it’s still recommended that independent contractors and sole proprietors carry this policy.
A general liability policy includes protection against advertising injuries, or damage caused by a business’s advertising. That includes:
For example, a general liability policy would help a web designer pay for a lawsuit over a social media post that damaged a competitor. It would also provide coverage if a customer sued because you used a photo of that person without permission.
Applicants typically get proof of coverage within 24 to 48 hours. Use our online insurance application. To speed up the process, make sure you have basic information on hand, including:
Your quotes should arrive in your inbox as soon as you finish the application. A licensed TechInsurance agent can help answer any questions throughout the process.
It may be tempting to simply go with the least expensive quote, but there are several factors to consider. That includes:
Read more on how to compare general liability insurance quotes.
Once you’ve paid for your general liability policy, there are two ways to obtain an ACORD certificate of liability insurance with TechInsurance:
This form is the proof of insurance required by commercial leases, client contracts, and applications for certain professional licenses.
TechInsurance is a trusted insurance expert for all small businesses, including startups, limited liability companies (LLCs) and freelancers, with extensive knowledge of the technology sector.
Technology professions that commonly partner with TechInsurance for their insurance needs include:
With TechInsurance, you can compare quotes from several carriers, which is an easy way to save money on business insurance. Beyond comparison shopping, a business owner looking to save money on insurance can also:
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To make a general liability claim, you will need to contact your insurance provider. They will ask for:
Your agent can help guide you through the process and answer any additional questions.
Yes. It’s easy to purchase an additional policy or increase policy limits as your business expands. Talk to your insurance agent to make adjustments or purchase new coverage.
Canceling your policy exposes your business to risk. It could also end up costing your business more in the long run. Companies that start and stop coverage are often charged more when they try to purchase insurance at a later date.
A business owner's policy, also called a BOP, bundles general liability insurance with commercial property coverage, which covers the cost to repair or replace business property that is damaged, stolen, or destroyed.
A BOP is typically less expensive than if you purchased each policy separately.
General liability covers your small business if a third party sues you over a physical injury, property damage, or an advertising injury (libel or slander).
Professional liability insurance (also known as errors and omissions insurance) offers financial protection if you are sued by a client who claims you made a professional mistake that resulted in a monetary loss.
Almost every business owner could benefit from a general liability policy. However, the type of business you have will determine if you need a professional liability policy. Businesses that usually need professional liability coverage are those that offer professional services or advice.
General liability pays for costs associated with third-party risks, but does not cover employee injuries.
To extend this protection to your employees, you will need to purchase workers' compensation insurance. This policy covers the costs associated with employee injuries and even pays for lost wages during recovery periods.
Depending on which state your business is located in, you may be legally required to purchase workers’ comp coverage.