Business owners work extremely hard to operate and need protection against unforeseen accidents or liabilities, which could otherwise bankrupt them. Commercial Liability Insurance, or CGL, was designed to protect and guarantee the assets and resources of the business in the event of a loss.
Commercial General Liability (CGL) insurance policies are very important protection for policyholders, providing comprehensive defense and indemnity coverage against personal injury and property damage claims. CGL policies are usually written on standard policy forms developed by national organizations in the insurance industry.
Importance of Commercial Liability Insurance
Running a business in a litigious company like ours greatly increases the chances of a possible claim or suit. It is important for business owners to know that they have protection so that they can focus on running their business.
A CGL policy takes responsibility for covering injury costs for you and your employees, as well as covering your legal defense and settlement costs.
The most common coverage items are listed below:
Losses on rental property
Claims against misleading advertising
Claims against copyright infringements
If you are wondering how you are going to determine your coverage needs, it depends on the nature of your business, its location, and the perceived risk the business has. For example, you need more coverage if you are a building contractor, unlike the consultant or web designer. In fact, the two companies have different natures and perceived levels of risk.
The benefits of a CGL policy
Insurance companies know your situation and that of your business. They see the detailed details of your business, including quality control, safety standards, and risk management.
Personal injury coverage helps protect you or the injured party if it is caused by your business activities.
Personal injury coverage helps protect you from defamation, slander, false arrest, and illegal entry.
Advertising Damage Compensation covers your legal liability for a wide range of offenses related to advertising your company's services and products.
The importance or requirements of a CGL policy for a business owner cannot be overstated enough. Without any protection or adequate protection, a business owner can face an overwhelming claim at any time, and this level of uncertainty will make running a business nearly impossible. With the importance of protection well understood, ensuring an adequate level of coverage is the secondary concern. With the help of a trained agent / broker, business owners can gain the coverage and peace of mind needed to focus on operations.