General liability insurance covers customer injuries, customer property damage, and related lawsuits. It’s often required for commercial leases and contracts.
General liability insurance is often the first policy that building design professionals consider. If a client is injured while visiting your office, or you accidentally damage a client’s property, general liability insurance can help cover the costs. This policy is often required when you sign a commercial lease.
This policy provides liability coverage at your office related to:
If you run a small building design company, you may be able to bundle general liability insurance with commercial property insurance in a business owner’s policy. A BOP costs less than purchasing each policy separately. Businesses that are eligible for BOPs typically:
Talk to a licensed Insureon agent who specializes in the building design industry to find out if a BOP fits your business.
If a client slips on a wet floor at your office and sues over the injury, you could be held responsible for medical expenses – plus the cost of hiring a lawyer. General liability insurance covers:
Note that this policy does not cover employee injuries. For that, you’ll need workers’ compensation insurance.
General liability insurance can protect your business when customer property is damaged. That means if an engineer accidentally drops a client’s laptop or an architect spills coffee on a client’s pristine white couch, your general liability policy could help pay for the cost of replacing the damaged property.
If there is a disagreement regarding more expensive repairs, general liability could cover attorney’s fees or a court-ordered judgment.
While marketing your company and its services, it’s important to avoid copying a competitor's slogan or design. If you do, even if it wasn’t on purpose, you could face a lawsuit. Accidental advertising injuries are covered by general liability insurance. That includes:
If you use advertising or promotional materials to market your building design company, make sure your insurance includes this protection.
While general liability insurance covers many risks inherent to the building design industry, it does not provide complete protection. Architects, drafters, interior designers, engineers, and other building design professionals should also consider:
Business owner’s policy: This policy bundles general liability insurance with commercial property insurance at a lower rate than purchasing each policy separately.
Professional liability insurance: This policy is critical for building design professionals who provide expert advice. It can cover legal fees of lawsuits related to work performance.
Workers’ compensation: This policy is required in most states for businesses with employees. It can cover medical expenses if an employee is injured on the job.
Are you ready to protect your building design business with general liability insurance? Complete Insureon’s easy online application today to compare quotes from top U.S. carriers. Once you find the right policy, coverage can start in less than 24 hours.