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Are You Fully Insured? Insurance Coverages for Businesses

Running a business comes with inherent risks that could lead to devastating financial losses. Comprehensive insurance for businesses safeguards valuable resources like property, equipment, and inventory from unexpected events like natural disasters, lawsuits, and other covered losses.

While certain types of business insurance, like general liability, professional liability, and commercial property insurance, are legally mandated, additional coverages like business income and cyber insurance provide crucial protection. Evaluating specific needs, comparing quotes, and reviewing policies regularly ensures your business has the right insurance for companies to withstand potential setbacks.

Having this conversation can be challenging however. According to Tamsin Plumptre, the credit, political, and security risks leader at EQUA Specialty Risk Partners Corporation in Toronto, clients often believe they cannot afford insurance for what they perceive as rare incidents that could potentially shut down their business. They question why they should spend money on something they consider unlikely to happen.

It’s for the unknown,” she explained. “We’re not quite sure what’s going to happen, but we can probably all guess that something will happen at some point. For prudent insureds who want to make sure that they’ve got as much ‘belts-and-braces’ coverage as possible, they should also be looking at this kind of exposure.


Types of Business Insurance Coverage

General liability insurance covers legal fees, settlements, and damages from liability claims, such as bodily injury, property damage, and personal injury.

Commercial property insurance safeguards physical assets like buildings, equipment, inventory, and furniture from disasters like fire, storms, or vandalism.


Insurance Type Coverage
Business Interruption Provides financial protection to businesses when they are forced to suspend operations temporarily due to a covered loss.
Professional Liability (E&O) Protects against claims of negligence, mistakes, or oversights in professional services provided
Commercial Auto Covers vehicle damage and liability claims from accidents involving company-owned vehicles
Cyber Liability Helps with costs like forensic investigations, customer notification, and credit monitoring after a data breach


Additional Specialized Coverages

1. Directors & Officers Insurance D&O

Directors and officers liability insurance, commonly known as D&O insurance, is designed to safeguard individuals against personal financial losses in the event of a lawsuit arising from their role as directors or officers of a commercial company and individuals serving on boards of public or non-profit organizations. This type of insurance can also provide coverage for the legal expenses and other associated costs incurred by the organization due to such legal actions.

2. Trade Show Exhibitor Insurance

One primary reason trade show exhibitors need insurance is to protect themselves from potential liability claims. Liability coverage is designed to safeguard your business in the event of third-party injuries or property damage during the trade show. Trade shows are susceptible to unforeseen circumstances that can lead to the cancellation or disruption of the event. Event Insurance can safeguard against the costs and expenses associated with an event, including travel expenses, venue costs, advertising and sponsorship revenues, and more.

3. Equipment Breakdown Coverage

While commercial property insurance covers your building, equipment, supplies, and inventory, it does not typically include coverage for equipment breakdown.  When critical equipment breaks down, it can lead to costly repairs or replacements, disruption of operations, and, in some cases, even temporary business closures.

4. Key Person Disability Insurance

While key person life insurance provides financial support in the event of the insured person’s death, key person disability insurance focuses on providing income replacement and financial stability during the disabled employee’s recovery period. By opting for key person disability insurance, businesses can mitigate the financial risks associated with the disability of a key employee more effectively.


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These types of commercial coverages don’t often get the scrutiny they need. Contact your advisor to examine wording and existing coverage to find gaps that could be filled by other coverage options.

Look at your wordings,”  Palumptre advise during her conversations with clients. “Let’s look at your existing coverage. Let’s look at your policy. Let’s look at what’s in there. Let’s look at the exclusions because quite often the exclusions can be more expansive than you might think.

After analyzing businesses’ potential risks and liabilities, it becomes evident that comprehensive insurance coverage is crucial for safeguarding valuable assets and ensuring operational continuity. While essential policies like general liability and commercial property form the foundation, specialized coverages like professional liability, cyber liability, and commercial auto insurance provide additional layers of protection tailored to specific industry needs.

Regularly reviewing insurance portfolios with trusted advisors and making informed decisions about appropriate coverage levels can save businesses from significant financial losses. Proactively mitigating risks through robust insurance solutions not only safeguards investments but also fosters confidence in pursuing growth opportunities.

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