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General liability insurance for sports and fitness businesses

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General liability insurance

General liability insurance covers customer injuries, customer property damage, and related lawsuits. It’s often required for commercial leases and contracts.

General liability protects against common risks

Personal trainers, yoga teachers, and other sports and fitness professionals help clients push their physical limits. Though rewarding, the nature of your work also exposes you to numerous risks, including bodily injuries. General liability insurance can help cover medical bills and other expenses from unforeseen incidents.

This policy offers liability coverage at your business related to:

  • Customer injuries
  • Customer property damage
  • Advertising injuries

Bundle policies to save money and increase security

If you run a small business, you may be able to bundle general liability insurance with commercial property insurance in a business owner’s policy for increased savings. Sports and fitness businesses that are eligible for a BOP usually:

  • Have fewer than 100 employees
  • Own or rent a small workspace
  • Make less than $1 million in annual revenue
  • Operate in a low-risk industry
  • Need less than 12 months of business interruption insurance

 It may be possible to bundle additional policies, such as hired and non-owned auto insurance, with general liability insurance or a BOP. Talk to a licensed Insureon agent for tips on how to save money by bundling policies.

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What coverage can general liability provide for sports and fitness businesses?

Customer injuries

If a client or a delivery person trips on the doorstep at your gym or fitness studio, there’s a chance you could be blamed for the injury. If the person sues, you could end up paying for medical expenses and legal fees. General liability insurance helps pay for:

  • Medical bills
  • Attorney's fees
  • Court-ordered judgments
  • Funeral expenses in fatal incidents

This policy does not cover employee injuries or injuries that a student blames on your training. Workers’ compensation insurance covers your employees, while professional liability insurance guards against accusations of negligence.

Customer property damage

General liability insurance shields your business when client property is damaged. For example, if you accidentally break a student’s smartphone during a fitness session, general liability insurance can cover the cost of repairing or replacing the phone, as well as legal fees if the student sues.

Advertising injuries

While advertising a group fitness class, you could inadvertently copy a competitor's slogan or other advertising element. Accidental advertising injuries are covered by general liability insurance. This includes:

  • Defamation, both libel (written) and slander (spoken)
  • Copyright infringement

Other policies for fitness professionals to consider

While general liability insurance covers many common sports and fitness business risks, it does not provide absolute protection. Other policies to consider include:

Business owner's policy: This policy bundles general liability insurance with commercial property insurance, often at a lower premium than if the policies were purchased separately. This policy protects valuable equipment, such as a Pilates reformer.

Workers’ compensation insurance: Required in almost every state for sports and fitness businesses that have employees, workers’ comp can cover medical fees and lost wages for work-related injuries and illnesses.

Professional liability insurance: General liability insurance covers accidents, but it won’t protect you if a client blames an injury on your training. Professional liability insurance covers legal expenses if you’re sued for unsatisfactory work.

Get free quotes and compare policies with Insureon

Are you ready to safeguard your dance studio, gym, or other sports and fitness business with general liability insurance? Complete Insureon’s easy online application today. Once you find the right policy, you can begin coverage in less than 24 hours.

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