Demystifying Insurance Jargon: General Liability Insurance Policy Exclusions Every Business Owner Should Know

General liability insurance policy exclusions

Hi, I’m Gordon Coyle, and here where we break down complex insurance topics into easily understandable insights for business owners. Today, we’re going to demystify insurance jargon and focus on an important aspect of General Liability Insurance Policy Exclusions

As a business owner, it’s crucial to be aware of what your general liability insurance policy covers and, equally important, what it doesn’t cover. Understanding these exclusions will help you make more informed decisions to protect your business effectively.

General liability insurance is designed to protect your business from various risks and lawsuits but it’s not all-encompassing. There are several exclusions to the policy and here are just four I’d like to highlight today.

The first is the Professional Services exclusion

General liability insurance typically does not cover claims arising from professional services you may provide to others. I talk more about what professional liability is and who needs it in this video: Professional Liability Insurance | E&O – When Do You Need It?

But anytime you’re offering professional advice, guidance, or services your general liability policy will exclude those professional services so you’ll need to think about Errors & Omissions insurance in addition to general liability.

Second, are employee injuries

When a worker is injured this is the domain of workers compensation insurance, not general liability coverage. Claims related to work-related injury or illness are covered under workers comp so they’re excluded here on the GL.

The third exclusion to cover here is intentional acts

If a claim arises due to an intentional or illegal act your GL insurance is not going to cover it.

Finally in General Liability Insurance Policy Exclusions is pollution.

This is often a sticky situation because you don’t need to have a 55-gallon drum of chemicals leaking or an oil tank in the ground to trigger a pollution claim. Something as simple as cleaning solutions can trigger a pollution situation which will be excluded from the GL policy. But if you do handle hazardous materials you should consider purchasing an environmental liability policy.

These are just four exclusions to the general liability policy, there are many others, so my advice is that you carefully review your specific policy and ask your broker questions when you’re not sure of what is and what’s not covered.

Understanding the intricacies of insurance policies can be overwhelming, but you don’t have to navigate it alone. If you have questions or need expert advice tailored to your business, I’m here to help.”

You can contact me today to schedule a consultation and discuss your general liability and other insurance needs.

Together, we can assess your risks, review your policy exclusions, and determine the best strategies to protect your business effectively.

Don’t let policy exclusions catch you off guard. Take proactive steps to safeguard your business today.

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