What is Business Owners’ Insurance?
Insurance that covers the company against loss caused by damage to the property and structure. In many policies, additional coverages can be added, as part of the policy, for example, loss of profits, third party, employer’s liability, electronic equipment, and more. This is the basic insurance, which must be taken out at the start of the activity.
Important Highlights for Purchasing Business Insurance
The policy is made up of chapters, and the insured can edit the specific chapters they want to be covered.
The basic policy covers loss caused to the property, while at its core, it only covers damages caused by lightning or fire. You can find policies based on all risks, which cover any damage caused by a sudden and unexpected event, except for what is expressly excluded in the policy.
If you wish to also arrange coverage for loss of profits, there is an obligation to arrange the basic coverage for damage and arrange it under the same policy or with the same insurance company, which has the basic coverage for the purchase.
The policy does not cover natural damage like earthquakes, storm and cloud breaks, snow, hail, or floods. The policy can be extended so that it also covers natural damage. In any case, even if there is a suitable extension, there will usually be no coverage for natural damage (with the exception of an earthquake) if the insured property is under the roof of the sky.
The payment for damage to the property will be based on the establishment value, i.e., value as new, provided that the insured uses the funds to repurchase the property. If not, the payment will be on an indemnity basis.
The policy is subject to under-insurance and over-insurance. That is, if the insured property was valued at less than its true value, the insured would be paid relatively reduced insurance benefits. If the purchased insurance amount is higher than the true value in an insurance case, the insured will be paid the true value.
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The policy can also be expanded to include third-party coverage; this is a basic liability policy, which covers the insured for claims by third parties resulting from bodily and/or property damage caused to them due to the insured’s negligence.
A residual cover can be added for electronic equipment so that the electronic equipment will have its own insurance amount separate from the insurance amount for the entire property. The coverage for electronic equipment also provides coverage for data recovery expenses. In the policy, there are exceptions that can be canceled, such as natural damage, as mentioned and damage due to a terrorist incident.
There are insurance companies where the policy can also be extended to third-party claims due to a cyber incident (for more, see cyber insurance). It is important to examine the insurance amounts before purchasing the insurance and its suitability to the risks inherent in the business.