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BUSINESS INSURANCE

TEXAS BUSINESS INSURANCE

Understand The Differences:

ESSENTIAL BUSINESS INSURANCE COVERAGE OPTIONS

Commercial Insurance at a Glance:

  • Among the most popular business policies is a Business Owner’s Policy (BOP). A BOP generally includes business property, general liability and business income coverages in one policy. Combining these coverages can help save you money and it’s convenient.

  • Insurance helps protect from the cost of bodily injury or property damage claims against your business. For example, a customer may make a claim against your business if he is injured in your store. General liability can help cover you against the costs of the claim and potential defense costs. It also helps protect your business from the costs of errors in your advertising.

  • Business property insurance helps protect your business's buildings and personal property. This might include furniture, tools, equipment and inventory.

  • Business income insurance helps replace lost income if you close temporarily due to a covered loss like theft or property damage from a fire. It can also help you continue paying expenses while your property is replaced or repaired.

  • Professional liability insurance helps cover costs related to claims that your business made errors in providing its services. For example, if you make a clerical error and it causes a client to lose thousands of dollars, professional liability insurance can help cover the costs if the client makes a claim. A business doesn’t need to do anything wrong to be sued. Depending on the scenario, coverage would apply to defend a business if sued.

  • Workers' compensation insurance helps cover costs to employees while they are unable to work after suffering a work-related injury or illness. Workers’ comp from The Hartford also provides programs to help employees prepare to return to work after their absence. And, if a worker's family decides to sue your business, Workers’ comp can also help cover the legal fees.

  • A commercial auto policy helps protect your business from the costs of a work-related auto accident. If you or an employee is in an accident while driving for business reasons, commercial auto can help cover the costs that results from the accident.

  • Data breach insurance helps protect your business from the costs of cyber threats or attacks. If your business is attacked, coverage from The Hartford can help cover the costs: to find the source of the breach and mitigate the damage; of communicating to those affected within and outside the company; and for public relations to manage your company’s reputation through the crisis. Our data breach insurance policy even includes access to services that teach you best practices that help prevent breaches from happening.

  • Commercial umbrella insurance acts as a safety net that provides additional coverage when other liability policies reach their limits. For example, say a customer slips and injures himself in your store. He then makes a claim against your business for $200,000. If your general liability policy has a limit of $150,000, commercial umbrella insurance would help cover the remaining $50,000. Businesses find this coverage is essential for helping protect against financially devastating lawsuits and claims.

  • Commercial flood insurance helps protect your business from the costs of covered flood damage. This includes damage to physical location of your business as well as its assets. For example, say melting snow floods the basement of your business. The floodwater damages the floor and some tools. If this happens, commercial flood can help cover the cost to repair the damaged floor and tools.

  • Employment practices liability (EPL) helps protect your business if an employee sues you. Even if you are not at fault, defending a lawsuit can be costly. Employees may make a claim against your business for reasons such as discrimination, harassment or wrongful termination. If they do, EPL can help cover the related costs.

SAVING MONEY ON YOUR INSURANCE

Use These Tips to Help You Save Money:

  • Remove potential hazards. Improving the safety, security, and maintenance of your workplace might lower your risk for having a claim, which can help you save money on your premiums. Most insurance companies also offer loss-control or risk-reduction services. Talk to your agent about ways to make your workplace safer and more secure.

  • Combine coverages into one business owner’s policy. Many insurance companies offer business owner’s policies that bundle multiple coverages together. They’re usually cheaper than buying the coverages separately.

  • Choose your deductibles wisely. A deductible is the amount you have to pay toward your claim before the insurance company will pay. Policies with higher deductibles have lower premiums. But remember that if you choose a higher deductible, you’ll have to pay more out of pocket if you have a claim.

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Nationwide Insurance: Melisa Copeland Strickland

Products issued by The Copeland Group Company and Affiliated Companies. Not all of The Copeland Group affiliated companies are mutual companies, and not all of The Copeland Group members are insured by a mutual company. Subject to underwriting guidelines, review and approval. Products and discounts not available to all persons. And no policy is bound until payment is received.

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