Public liability insurance is designed to protect businesses from lawsuits, claims and damages caused by the company as a result of negligence. Without adequate protection, a business can be deemed responsible for injuries, property damage, and legal expenses. The result of such a lawsuit can not only be financially threatening to your business, but harm your reputation to the point that it may be impossible to work again in the same industry, depending on the nature of the claim.
As a result, while liability insurance is not compulsory for all types of businesses, the threat and risk is real enough that most professionals consider it a necessary for peace of mind when they conduct their normal operations.
Finding a Public Liability Policy that is Right for You
Your business is not like any other. While it may be similar to other competitors in the industry, ultimately your operations and risks will be unique to your specific situation and how you run your business. Before you search for a public liability quote, the first thing you want to do is determine where your business is most vulnerable. Isolate what aspects you believe must be covered at all costs and where you can be more flexible.
Most small businesses do not have the revenue to purchase comprehensive liability coverage and must be more creative with the type of coverage they choose. Moreover, cheaper coverage tends to have a large number of exclusions and conditions associated with it that will force you to make compromises.
Once you have an idea of what type of coverage you want, you can now begin to shop for it. An excellent tool to utilise in this regard is a comparison site. Normally, a customer must go to each insurance provider individually and enter their information over and over again. At the bare minimum a comparison site saves you time by allowing you enter the information once and spread it out over the website’s entire database.
Afterward you can use the site to sort based on a variety of different criteria, from price to region to customer rating. If you find a provider you like, you can even order insurance directly through the comparison site. Most of the time, however, you will want to follow up with a broker afterward.
Consult a Professional
Once you find a quote you like, it is time to consult a professional regarding your options. You can find a certified broker on the British Insurance Brokers’ Association (BIBA) website, or you can deal with a broker directly from the insurance policy. However, it is important to ensure that the provider itself is a member of the Association of British Insurers (ABI). A broker can look at the plan you have selected and address areas that need more coverage or areas where coverage is deemed superfluous.
If the broker is with the insurance company, enquire whether or not the plan is flexible and can meet your insurance requirements as your business expands. If you are comfortable with the arrangement and have gone over all the small print, you can then make your purchase.