Public liability insurance (PL) is a good idea for almost all businesses, (including sole traders and the self-employed), but it is essential for those that interact with the general public and work for local councils or central government.
Some personal injury or property damage claims can run into the hundreds of thousands or even millions of pounds. If your business operations put your organisation in a position where a customer, client, supplier or a passing member of the public (even in or on a vehicle) could suffer injury or damage to their personal property, then you need PL to protect your business against the potential of crippling financial claims. Additionally, some customers may demand that you have public liability Insurance before contracting with your organisation.
Accidents can happen anytime, anywhere. Those that cause personal injury or damage to the property of the general public or your clients, customers, and suppliers as a result of the services your organisation provides, could have a huge financial impact on your business. Because accidents cannot be foreseen, public liability cover is the only way you can protect yourself and your business from events beyond your control.
Public liability insurance is a type of business insurance that protects your organisation if someone is injured, or their property is damaged because of the services that you or your business provides. This type of cover, also known as PL or liability insurance, is designed to protect your company against third party claims for injuries or property damage from a customer or client, passer-by, or a visitor to your business premises – whether you’re at fault or not.
No. Only employers’ liability cover is required by law. However, the potential losses from not having public liability insurance can far outweigh any premium savings you may obtain.
Businesses that typically require PL to operate safely include:
The average UK public liability claim in 2023 was £13,500 plus defendant’s legal expenses. However, some compensation claims for personal injuries or fatality can run into six or even seven figure sums – more than enough to sink many SMEs. Compare this risk to the average £4 monthly cost for PL cover, it becomes clear that it’s simply not worth going without this type of insurance.
Public liability insurance can protect your business from the financial impact of claims that include:
The amount of public liability insurance you need depends on the industry you work in, and the size of your contracts or sales. In most cases, the bigger your sales are, the higher potential claims may be. (Keep in mind that a claim for personal injury or property damage will usually be increased by added legal fees and other clerical costs). If you work with government departments or local councils, you should consider a policy of up to £10million, although minimum cover levels typically start at around £5million, which is more suitable for small businesses, sole traders, and organisations that have less contact with the public.
If someone makes a claim against you or your business and you do not have public liability cover, you will be responsible for paying your own legal costs. If the claimant is successful, you may also be responsible for paying their legal expenses and compensation award.
All business involves risk, but that doesn’t mean you have to suffer the consequences if things go wrong. Don’t let an accident or mistake become a catastrophe for your business. Contact Swoop today to compare top-quality public liability cover from different providers and to discuss all your business insurance needs.
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