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Liability Insurance

Liability insurance is a type of property and casualty insurance that protects policyholders from legal action brought on by third-party claims of bodily injury or property damage. If an insured party is found legally culpable, their liability insurance policy will pay for any and all legal fees and settlements the party must pay. Intentional damage and contractual responsibilities are typically not covered by policies that provide liability insurance.

In contrast to most other types of insurance, liability insurance plans pay beneficiaries who are not the policyholders.

How Does Liability Insurance Work?

If an insured party causes damage to the property or bodily injury of a third party, or if they are legally responsible for injuries suffered by a third party, they must have liability insurance. As a consequence, liability insurance is often known as third-party insurance.

Even if the insured party is deemed legally accountable for the act, willful or illegal activities are not covered by liability insurance. People who own businesses, drive cars, practice medicine or law, or otherwise engage in activities that put them at risk of being sued for damages or injuries typically purchase insurance policies. Both the insured person and any third parties who might be harmed as a result of the policyholder’s accidental negligence are safeguarded by insurance policies.

For example, most states require individuals who own vehicles to have liability insurance as part of their auto insurance policy. This type of insurance helps pay for damages caused to other people and their property in the event of an accident. A manufacturer of a product may choose to obtain product liability insurance to protect themselves financially if their product is defective and hurts customers or other third parties.

The owners of businesses can purchase liability insurance that protects them if one of their employees has an injury as a result of the activities of the firm. Liability insurance coverage is required in addition to the decisions that doctors and surgeons make while on the job.

What Are the Types of Liability Insurance?

Employer’s liability

Employers must have employer liability and workers’ compensation insurance to protect their firm against risks resulting from an employee’s injury or death.

Product liability insurance

Product liability insurance is intended for companies that produce goods intending to sell them to the general public. Product liability insurance protects businesses against legal action that may be taken against them if their goods cause injury or death.

Indemnity insurance

An indemnity insurance policy will give coverage to defend a company against accusations of negligence that may lead to financial loss due to an error or a performance failure.

Umbrella liability

Personal liability policies, known as umbrella policies, are intended to provide additional protection in the event of catastrophic losses. In most cases, coverage begins once the liability limits of any other insurance policies have been exhausted.

Commercial liability insurance

A typical commercial general liability policy, commonly referred to as comprehensive general liability insurance, covers commercial liability. It offers insurance coverage for litigation from bodily harm to staff and the general public, property destruction brought on by staff, and injuries brought on by employees’ negligence.

Comprehensive liability

Comprehensive general liability policies are customized for each small or large firm, corporation or association, partnership or joint venture, organization, or newly acquired enterprise. The coverage includes bodily injury, medical costs, personal and advertising injury, property damage, and operational liability.

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