Why do the self-employed need public liability insurance?


Whether you are a landscape gardener, a plumber, an electrician, or a builder, you are exposed to public liability risks on a daily basis. Even more so when you are self-employed, since in that situation you are the one who will be held accountable for causing bodily injury or property damage to other people as a result of your professional duties.

Tips for Buying Self-employed Public Liability Insurance

Public liability insurance, also commonly referred to as Commercial General Liability (CGL) insurance, is a must-have in the present-day highly litigious environment, with people filing even the most minor and ridiculous claims. Business owners, especially those who do business in public, and self-employed people are to a great extent endangered of being sued for any harm or loss sustained by a third-party on their premises or as a result of their business operations.

Not having adequate protection may result in the self-employed going out of business if they are found to be liable in court for causing harm or loss and have to pay damages to the harmed party. Having public liability insurance, on the other hand, is a guarantee that the insurance provider will cover the payments on behalf of the insured individual in public liability lawsuits.

Being self-employed, you can choose between a few liability insurance alternatives, depending of the nature of your business. The most common options are a public liability policy, a small business liability policy and a contractors liability insurance coverage. In order to select the liability insurance alternative that best suits your needs, you can contact an insurance agent. If you do so, make sure the agent is competent and has all the necessary qualifications.

Before doing so, however, make sure you do some preliminary research and shop around for public liability quotes on the Internet. If you have not done that before, you will be surprised to see how easy it is to get a dozen quotes specifically designed to match your needs with just a mouse click.

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