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Business & Commercial Insurance Information
As a business owner, you need the same kinds of insurance coverages for the car
you use in your business as you do for a car used for personal travel -- liability, collision and comprehensive, medical payments (known as personal injury protection in some states) and coverage for uninsured motorists
. In fact, many business people use the same vehicle for both business and pleasure. If the vehicle is owned by the business, make sure the name of the business appears on the policy as the "principal insured" rather than your name. This will avoid possible confusion in the event that you need to file a claim or a claim is filed against you.
Whether you need to buy a business auto insurance policy will depend on the kind of driving you do. A good insurance agent will ask you many details about how you use vehicles in your business, who will be driving them and whether employees, if you have them, are likely to be driving their own cars for your business.
While the major coverages are the same, a business auto policy differs from a personal auto policy in many technical respects. Ask your insurance agent to explain all the differences and options.
Arizona General Liability Insurance
If you have a personal umbrella liability policy, there's generally an exclusion for business-related liability. Make sure you have sufficient auto liability coverage.
Unfortunately for every business owner, the chances of getting sued have dramatically increased in the last decade. General Liability insurance can prevent a legal suit from turning into a financial disaster by providing financial protection in case your business is ever sued or held legally responsible for some injury or damage.
General Liability pays losses arising from real or alleged bodily injury, property damage, or personal injury on your business premises or arising from your operations. The Hartford's liability programs extend far beyond the provisions of typical policies, with broadened coverage and increased limits in over 30 areas.
Broad Range of General Liability Protection
- Bodily Injury, including the cost of care, the loss of services, and the restitution for any death that results from injury
- Property Damage coverage for the physical damage to property of others or the loss of use of that property
- Products-Completed Operations provides liability protection (damages and legal expenses up to your policy's limit) if an injury ever resulted from something your company made or service your company provided
- Products Liability is a more specialized product liability insurance that protects your company against lawsuits from product-related injury or accidents
- Contractual Liability extends to any liability you may assume by entering into a variety of contracts
- Other coverage includes: Reasonable Use of Force; Borrowed Equipment; Liquor Liability; Non-Owned Vehicles (such as aircraft and watercraft); Fire, Lightning or Explosion Damage; Water Damage Liability Protection; Legal Defense Costs; Medical Payments; Personal Injury; Advertising Injury; and specialized liability protection for specific business types
Arizona Workers Compensation Insurance
Workers compensation laws were created to ensure that employees who are injured on the job are provided with fixed monetary awards. This eliminates the need for litigation and creates an easier process for the employee. It also helps control the financial risks for employers since many states limit the amount an injured employee can recover from an employer.
Workers Compensation Insurance
is designed to help companies pay these benefits. As a protection for employees, most states require that employers carry some form of Workers Compensation Insurance. Workers Compensation Insurance is not health insurance. Workers Compensation is designed specifically for injuries sustained on the job.
In most states, if you have employees, you are required to carry Workers Compensation coverage. Even in non-mandatory states, it can be a very good idea, particularly if you have many employees, or if they are engaged in hazardous activities.
Do I need workers compensation insurance in Arizona?
Employers have a legal responsibility to their employees to make the workplace safe. However, accidents happen even when every reasonable safety measure has been taken.
To protect employers from lawsuits resulting from workplace accidents and to provide medical care and compensation for lost income to employees hurt in workplace accidents, in almost every state, businesses are required to buy workers compensation insurance. Workers compensation insurance covers workers injured on the job, whether they're hurt on the workplace premises or elsewhere, or in auto accidents while on business. It also covers work-related illnesses.
provides payments to injured workers, without regard to who was at fault in the accident, for time lost from work and for medical and rehabilitation services. It also provides death benefits to surviving spouses and dependents.
Each state has different laws governing the amount and duration of lost income benefits, the provision of medical and rehabilitation services and how the system is administered. For example, in most states there are regulations that cover whether the worker or employer can choose the doctor who treats the injuries and how disputes about benefits are resolved.
Workers compensation insurance
must be bought as a separate policy. Although in-home business and business owners policies (BOPs) are sold as package policies, they don't include coverage for workers' injuries.
What Is Business Insurance?
Numerous coverages can be bundled together as business insurance to give you comprehensive coverage. Common insurances that many businesses use include:
· General liability insurance. This covers expenses and attorney fees resulting from injuries or property damage claims for which your business may be legally responsible. General liability insurance may cover costs that accrue if an injured third party decides to sue your business. General liability insurance policies typically have four coverage elements:
o Premises liability covers you if a person not employed at your business becomes injured on your property.
o Products liability covers you if a product or service causes injury to someone’s body or inflicts damage on a consumer’s personal property.
o A personal injury is when your business inflicts physical, financial or mental damage to a third party.
o Advertisement injuries are caused by alleged misinformation, copyright infringement or slander made by your business.
o Workers’ compensation. This type of insurance is required in most states and is used to cover medical bills or wage replacement for employees who experience a work-related injury.
o Commercial auto. This type of insurance helps cover the costs of an auto accident if you or an employee is at fault. This coverage can help pay for damaged property and medical expenses.
· Commercial property insurance. This coverage helps you if your business experiences a loss such as a fire, explosion, burst pipe, storm or theft. This insurance compensates you for losses or damage to your building, leased or owned equipment and other property on the premises.
· Employment practices liability insurance. This covers wrongful acts that occur during the employment process, such as claims of discrimination, wrongful termination, sexual harassment or retaliation. This coverage also reimburses you for the costs of defending a lawsuit in court and for judgments and settlements.
· Professional liability insurance. Also known as errors and omissions (E&O) insurance, this can protect your business against claims that a service you provided caused a client to suffer due to a mistake or failure on your part.
· Cyber liability insurance. This can protect your business from a cyber attack or interruption that can cause a loss in data, revenue or trust between you and your customers.
How We Can Help
Don’t wait any longer to ensure your company is adequately protected. The team at Cook Insurance can work with you to navigate your business insurance needs. Call us today to get started.