Small businesses in Pennsylvania most often buy these types of insurance.
A general liability policy is important for all Pennsylvania businesses for its protection against common third-party risks. Most commercial leases require this type of business liability insurance.
Workers’ compensation insurance is required for PA businesses that have employees. It also protects sole proprietors from work injury costs that health insurance might deny.
This policy is required for business-owned vehicles in Pennsylvania. It covers injuries and property damage in an accident, along with vehicle theft, vandalism, and weather damage.
A BOP bundles commercial property insurance and general liability coverage in one plan. It's often the most cost-effective type of commercial insurance for a Pennsylvania business.
This policy, also called errors and omissions insurance (E&O), protects Pennsylvania businesses that provide professional services or advice. It covers lawsuits related to work performance.
E&O, sometimes called professional liability insurance, is common with professional services in Pennsylvania. It can cover the cost of lawsuits related to your work performance.
This policy covers financial losses from data breaches and cyberattacks. It's recommended for Pennsylvania businesses that handle credit card numbers and other sensitive data.
Umbrella insurance boosts coverage on your general liability insurance, commercial auto insurance, and employer's liability insurance when the underlying policy reaches its limit.
This policy covers the value of a business's physical structure and its contents, such as inventory, equipment, and furniture. Bundle it with general liability coverage in a BOP for savings.
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State laws affect which business insurance coverage you need. These policies are required everywhere in Pennsylvania, from Philadelphia to Erie.
Pennsylvania state law [PDF] requires that all employees are covered by workers’ compensation insurance, regardless of whether that person is performing full-time, part-time, or seasonal work.
Workers' comp covers medical bills for work-related injuries and illnesses, and provides disability benefits for injured Pennsylvania workers. Most policies include employer's liability insurance, which covers legal costs if an employee blames their employer for an injury.
All business-owned vehicles in Pennsylvania must be covered by commercial auto insurance. This policy covers the cost of accidents involving work vehicles.
Pennsylvania’s minimum requirements [PDF] for auto liability insurance are:
Trucking companies may need additional coverage to comply with regulations.
Though it's not required, personal vehicles driven for work purposes should be covered by hired and non-owned auto insurance (HNOA), as personal auto policies usually exclude business use. It can be added to commercial general liability insurance or a business owner's policy (BOP).
Commercial insurance can be affordable for small business owners. Average costs in Pennsylvania are:
General liability: $42 per month
Workers' comp: $49 per month
Professional liability/E&O: $59 per month
Factors that influence business insurance costs include:
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Yes – that's why cyber insurance is so crucial. Hackers are three times more likely to target small businesses, as they often have fewer resources to combat a threat.
Pennsylvania's data breach laws require businesses to report security breaches to affected residents, and the costs can escalate quickly. Cyber liability insurance lessens the financial impact by paying for notification costs, legal fees, and fines.
Yes, your state may have special requirements for business insurance and bonds for your industry. You may also need a license depending on the work you do.
Contractors often need to carry general liability insurance or surety bonds to perform certain types of work. Having the right insurance and bonds helps you comply with state licensing requirements.
Real estate agents and brokers and other professionals who offer advice or services sometimes need errors and omissions insurance (E&O) to get licensed in their state.
State law requires that attorneys either carry malpractice liability insurance with policy limits of $100,000 per claim and $300,000 annual aggregate, or to notify clients in writing if they don’t have this coverage. It also requires a minimum level of professional liability insurance coverage for physicians to participate in state programs that either limit the amount of damages available in a malpractice claim, or provides supplemental malpractice coverage to them.
Note that cities and counties may have their own laws, in addition to state laws.
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