Products-completed operations is a form of insurance coverage that protects you from customer lawsuits alleging property damage or injury due to your product or completed service.
Products-completed operations coverage refers to the protection against product or services liability claims included in your general liability insurance or business owner’s policy (BOP). You may also see this coverage referred to as product liability insurance.
Lawsuits related to property damage and bodily injuries are common for small businesses. If a product or service at your business injures a person or damages their property, you could face a lawsuit. General liability insurance covers such losses under the “products-completed operations” section of your policy.
The first part of the protection (“products”) applies to companies that manufacture and sell products.
The second part (“completed operations”) applies to companies that perform construction or installation at clients' homes or businesses.
Products-completed operations coverage delivers many essential benefits, including:
There are three required criteria to receive this benefit:
Your policy has both per-occurrence and aggregate limits. This means payment for a single incident will not exceed the per-occurrence limit and the payout for all claims and incidents will not exceed the products-completed operations aggregate limit.
Insurers do not pay for all types of property damage under products and completed operations coverage. Three specific types are excluded:
Damage to the product you sold to the customer: If the product you provided gets damaged, your policy would exclude coverage because it only applies to damage your product caused to your customer’s property or injury.
Damage to a completed service: This is similar to the prior exclusion. The insurer would provide no coverage in cases where the damage occurred to your completed work, not to another piece of customer property.
Damage to “impaired property”: This refers to customer property that has flaws or is unusable because it incorporates your defective product or service. If removing your product or service would restore the customer’s property to its original working condition, then your policy would provide no coverage for this loss.
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