Business Insurance in Wisconsin

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General liability insurance

This type of business liability insurance is important for all Wisconsin businesses. It covers common third-party risks, and it's required by most commercial leases.

BEST FOR
  • Customer bodily injuries
  • Damaged customer property
  • Libel and other advertising injuries
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Professional liability insurance

This policy, also called errors and omissions insurance (E&O), protects Wisconsin businesses that provide professional services or advice. It covers lawsuits related to work performance.

BEST FOR
  • Work mistakes and oversights
  • Professional negligence lawsuits
  • Late or incomplete work
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Cyber liability insurance

This policy covers financial losses from data breaches and cyberattacks. It's recommended for Wisconsin businesses that handle credit card numbers and other sensitive data.

BEST FOR
  • Customer notification expenses
  • Fraud monitoring services
  • Data breach investigations
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Business owner’s policy

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 Wisconsin business.

BEST FOR
  • Slip-and-fall injuries
  • Damaged customer property
  • Damaged business property
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Workers’ compensation insurance

Workers’ comp insurance is required for Wisconsin businesses that have three or more employees. It also protects sole proprietors from work injury costs that health insurance might deny.

BEST FOR
  • Employee medical expenses
  • Disability benefits
  • Legal costs from employee injuries
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Commercial auto insurance

This policy is required for business-owned vehicles in Wisconsin. It covers injuries and property damage in an accident, along with vehicle theft, vandalism, and weather damage.

BEST FOR
  • Accidents involving commercial vehicles
  • Theft of a business-owned vehicle
  • Damage to a company vehicle
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Wisconsin business insurance requirements

State laws can affect which business insurance coverage you need. These policies are required everywhere in Wisconsin, from Madison to Milwaukee.

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Workers' compensation insurance

Generally, the state of Wisconsin requires businesses with three or more employees, full-time or part-time, to carry workers’ compensation insurance.

Workers' comp covers medical bills for work-related injuries and illnesses, and provides disability benefits for injured Wisconsin workers. The employer's liability insurance included in most policies protects employers from legal costs in the event an employee sues over an injury.

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Commercial auto insurance

All business-owned vehicles in Wisconsin must be covered by commercial auto insurance. This policy covers the cost of accidents involving work vehicles.

Wisconsin's minimum requirements for auto liability insurance are:

  • Bodily injury liability: $25,000 per person / $50,000 per accident
  • Property damage liability: $10,000 per accident
  • Uninsured motorist coverage: $25,000 per person / $50,000 per accident

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).

How much does small business insurance cost?

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Commercial insurance can be affordable for Wisconsin small business owners. Factors that influence the cost include:

  • Type of business and its risks
  • Business operations and location
  • Number of employees
  • Types of insurance purchased
  • Policy limits and other coverage options
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Insureon's licensed agents can help you find policies that fulfill Wisconsin's requirements and your business insurance needs. Once you've purchased insurance with us, you can download a certificate of insurance by logging into your account.

In Wisconsin, insurance agencies, agents, and brokers are licensed by the Wisconsin Office of the Commissioner of Insurance. Insureon is licensed in Wisconsin as BIN Insurance Holdings LLC (NPN 15752926) for property and casualty insurance (license number 100195984). You can verify our licensure with the National Association of Insurance Commissioners by selecting Wisconsin, licensee, business entity, and then entering our NPN or license number.

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