While a limited liability company (LLC) status offers protection from personal liability, your business isn't free from risk. General liability insurance provides coverage for common business risks at LLCs, protects you from financial loss, and helps your business qualify for leases and contracts.
It protects LLCs against the most common risks of running a business. This includes covering your legal costs if a customer trips and suffers a bodily injury at your business, or if you accidentally cause damage to a customer's personal property.
Small business owners often need business liability insurance to fulfill requirements for a lease, loan, or contract. For example, a landlord might ask to see a certificate of insurance when you sign a commercial lease.
Most businesses need this insurance, including limited liability companies (LLCs).
This is especially true if you rent or own an office or commercial space, or work directly with clients or customer property. Commercial general liability (CGL) can keep you financially stable if you’re sued by a customer or competitor. That's why most LLCs purchase this policy shortly after opening their business.
While this insurance option isn't typically required by law, different business needs and requirements drive LLC owners to carry this policy, including:
General liability coverage safeguards your LLC from many common risks and liability claims, but there are still several areas that need protection.
Depending on your unique business operations, you should consider these additional insurance policies for your LLC to fully protect your business assets:
Workers' compensation insurance is required in most states if your LLC has employees, sometimes including corporate officers and members as well. Workers' comp covers medical expenses for workplace injuries and illnesses, and the lost wages of an injured employee.
Commercial property insurance covers the cost of repairing or replacing your business property if it's lost, stolen, or damaged. This policy can be bundled with general liability in a business owner's policy (BOP), which is typically less expensive than buying these coverages separately.
Commercial auto insurance handles the costs if your LLC's business vehicle is involved in an accident, including medical bills and property damage. Each state has its own requirements for business auto liability insurance.
Professional liability insurance, also known as errors and omissions insurance (E&O) or malpractice insurance, handles the defense costs from client lawsuits over unsatisfactory work, such as missed deadlines, mistakes, and undelivered services.
Cyber insurance, sometimes called cybersecurity insurance, insures against the high costs of data breaches and malicious software attacks. Cyber liability also provides financial coverage for the cost of customer notification, credit monitoring, legal fees, and fines.
Fidelity bonds provide reimbursement to a client if an employee steals from them, including theft by electronic funds transfer. They're sometimes required by client contracts.
As an LLC, your personal assets are protected from business liability. But that doesn't completely safeguard your business from risk - including out of pocket costs from frivolous lawsuits if you aren't properly insured.
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