Every once in a while I get this question from business owners. It's a good question, so I think it deserves a good answer. Let’s review an insurance scenario to put things into perspective.
Your business is a startup and you are looking for insurance quotes or maybe you have been in business for several years, but just felt like you didn't really need business insurance. Or someone is requiring you to have General Liability Insurance. Bottom line, you need insurance.
Let’s assume you are some type of manufacturer. Even if you are not technically "manufacturing" the product, but you are putting your label/brand on the product, in the eyes of an insurance company, this makes you a manufacturer. You could also be a distributor of a foreign product. If someone is injured by your product or service, who is going to be held liable? Most likely, your business, so the insurance company is going to class you the same as a manufacturer. The reason for this is they may have to respond to a product liability claim. Let’s say you don't have liability insurance. How much is it going to cost you to get a lawyer to come to your defense? Court costs? Opportunity costs (taking time off from work)? Even if you have some kind of product liability waiver, your lawyer still has to defend that waiver in court. It could be costly and time consuming. What if the court rules in favor of the plaintiff and is awarded a settlement? I think it's safe to say the costs are going to add up fast if you don't have insurance.
After considering the above, what is your annual General Liability Insurance premium? What is the coverage amount?
Perhaps you don't think there's that much risk in your product and don't think you'll ever be sued. Please consider we live in a very litigious society now. A fast food restaurant has been sued for serving hot coffee too hot not once, but twice. Also consider many years ago businesses did not get sued unless there was a loss. Now businesses are sued regardless of fault.
As a business owner, you definitely have to look at your costs, but you also have to look at protecting your business.
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