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Essential Areas of Business Insurance Coverage

Mar 16, 2008
If you are already a business owner then you probably know how difficult and confusing the task of getting business insurance coverage can be. It is fraught with legal complexities and misleading industry terminology at every turn or so it seems. However, regardless of the headaches, business insurance is a necessity. In fact, you cannot operate a business without appropriate coverage. This means that finding the right business insurance coverage has the potential to make or break your company. What are some essential areas of business insurance coverage and how can understanding what they are help you make more sense of the terms, both industry-oriented and legal?

There are basic ingredients to any sound business insurance policy. It often comes down to the right combination of liability insurance, worker's compensation insurance, and property insurance. At the same time, you need to remember what is out there or what types of business insurance that you could benefit from having. Don't sweat it if you feel out of your depth. Many new business owners feel that way at least at one time or another.

Naturally, if your business operates from a building you are going to need some form of property insurance. This type of business insurance provides coverage for loss or damage to the location as well as any of the contents. You can choose between comprehensive property insurance or opt for one of several specialized (but limited) types of property insurance that provide protect in the event there is a fire or flood damage. Property insurance issues the same coverage to the property regardless of whether it is owned, rented, or leased by the owner.

The terms liability and negligence insurances are often used interchangeable because the latter term better describes the type of coverage provided by business liability insurance. Essentially, this form of insurance protects your business if it becomes involved in civil or legal case, particularly those cases that involve a business issue or an employee injury or grievance.

Businesses that use commercial vehicles are required to provide commercial auto insurance coverage. This type of coverage is only for vehicles owned and operated for business purposes. Essential protections of commercial auto insurance damage to property done by vehicles and damage inflicted upon the vehicles.

One of the more important types of business insurance is worker's compensation insurance. This form of insurance is used to provide coverage for employees who suffer on the job injuries. It is a mandatory insurance dictated by state law, but each state has different provisions for its worker's compensation policies. This business insurance also affords protections to the employer as well against being directly sued by the employee for an injury. Instead, the business contributes to a fund that distributes payments to injured workers who are unable to perform their duties or are hospitalized to cover lost wages and deal with expenses.

In the event the owner or CEO of a company suffers severe injury or death, a form of business insurance called life and liability insurance kicks in to protect the company and the other employees so that the operations will continue regardless.

Again, these were just the major forms of business insurance that are used regularly by almost every business in the country. There are nuances and different provisions for each of these types of insurance types, but on the whole, they are basically the same.
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