About General Liability Insurance

All businesses, regardless of industry, face risks that should be covered by insurance. The most common and comprehensive type of policy business owners invest in is general liability insurance (or CGL).

Some of the risks CGL insurance covers are:

  • Bodily injury
  • Property damage
  • Medical payments
  • Legal defense and judgment
  • Personal and advertising injury

While businesses aren't legally required to carry general liability insurance, operating without it is extremely risky. If your business is sued, you could end up facing fees totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars (or more). Having a sufficient CGL policy in place to help compensate for these damages is the only way to prevent this type of event from devastating your business.

Learn more about the risks covered by general liability insurance.

COMMON SITUATIONS THAT GENERAL LIABILITY INSURANCE WOULD COVER FOR A POPSICLE COMPANY

Example 1: You invite local media to tour your factory as part of a new product launch. While reviewing your flavoring process, a reporter trips over a cord and hits their head on a large piece of equipment. The accident causes serious injuries and the reporter threatens to sue. General liability insurance would cover the reporter’s medical bills and any damages awarded in a settlement.

Example 2: While loading a delivery truck, your loading dock ramp malfunctions and pushes a large pallet of popsicles into the back of the truck. The impact severely damages the truck and ruins the pallet of product. General liability insurance would cover the vehicle repair costs and potentially also the cost of the damaged product.

Example 3: As an employee transfers production equipment from storage to your main production area, they lose control of the pallet jack while going up an incline. The pallet jack hits an investor’s car, rendering one door inoperable. General liability coverage would cover the cost of vehicle repairs.

Of course, this is not an exhaustive list of perils a general liability insurance policy will cover, and some conditions may result in a particular peril not being covered. It's always best to talk to your agent in-depth about the specifics of your policy to avoid blind spots in coverage.

Cost Of General Liability Insurance

On average, popsicle companies in America spend between $500 - $1,200 per year for $1 million in general liability coverage.

Check out the chart below for a snapshot of average CGL expenditure across a variety of industries:

Graph showing average price of general liability insurance prices per industry

Several factors will determine the price of your policy. These include your:

  • Location
  • Deductible
  • Number of employees
  • Per-occurrence limit
  • General aggregate limit

You may be able to acquire general liability insurance at a discounted rate by purchasing it as part of a business owner's policy (BOP) rather than as a standalone policy. A BOP is a more comprehensive solution that includes multiple forms of coverage, such as business interruption and property insurance.

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Other Types Of Coverage Popsicle Companies Need

While general liability is the most important type of insurance to have, there are several other forms of coverage you should be aware of. Below are some other types of insurance all popsicle companies should obtain:

Workers’ Compensation Insurance

Most states require businesses to carry workers’ compensation insurance for their part-time and full-time employees. This coverage protects your employees if they become injured at work or fall ill after a work-related accident. It not only covers an employee’s medical bills and lost wages if they need time to recover but also any disability benefits stemming from a work-related accident.

Commercial Property Insurance

You’ve made major investments in the right equipment and tools to produce your popsicles. If you own the building in which your business operates, you’re responsible for all business-related property housed there in the event of a fire or other natural disaster. Commercial property insurance would cover the cost of repairing or replacing your specialized equipment and other business property after an accident so you can continue production as soon as possible.

Types Of Coverage Some Popsicle Companies May Need

In addition to the policies outlined above, there are a few other types of coverage your popsicle company may require depending on certain aspects of your operations. Some of these might not apply to you, so be sure to ask your agent which policies are right for your business.

Business Interruption Coverage

If an accident or other disaster forces you to temporarily stop production at your factory, you could end up covering certain financial losses yourself. In most cases, you won’t be able to pay these costs out-of-pocket for an extended time period. Business interruption insurance would cover these costs until you can resume normal operations.

Commercial Umbrella Insurance

Even the most responsible business owners sometimes face an accident or lawsuit so catastrophic that it threatens to exhaust the limits of their primary insurance coverage. Commercial umbrella insurance protects you from paying out-of-pocket for any legal fees and awarded damages that exceed your primary policy.

Additional Steps To Protect Your Business

Although it's easy (and essential) to invest in business insurance, it should not be your frontline defense. Yes, insurance will compensate for your business' financial losses after an incident occurs, but it's much better to avoid losses altogether.

With this in mind, here are three things you can do to better protect your business:

  • Use legally robust contracts and other business documents. (We offer free templates for some of the most common legal forms.)
  • Set up a limited liability company (LLC) to protect your personal assets. (Refer to our guide for step-by-step instructions on how to form an LLC in your state.)
  • Streamline your business' internal processes. This will remove unnecessary variables from common tasks and create a safe, consistent environment for conducting business.