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What does product liability cover?

Products Liability

Products liability insurance is a critical type of coverage for businesses involved in manufacturing, distributing, or selling products. It protects against financial loss from claims of injury or damage caused by a product, ensuring that the business can continue to operate smoothly.

Why do businesses need products liability insurance?

To Protect Financial Stability

Claims of damage or injury can result in significant financial loss. Products liability insurance helps protect a business’s financial stability by covering legal fees, medical expenses, and other costs associated with a claim.

To Build Trust

Having this insurance demonstrates to customers and partners that a business is responsible and prepared for potential issues, which can help build trust.

Legal Requirement

In some cases, having products liability insurance might be a legal requirement for operating a business.

What are the main areas products liability covers?

Products liability insurance generally covers three main areas:

  1. Legal Fees: If a product your business made or sold causes harm, there’s a good chance you’ll face a lawsuit. Products liability insurance helps cover the legal fees associated with defending your business in court.

  2. Medical Costs: If someone is injured by one of your products, there could be substantial medical costs involved in their recovery. This insurance helps cover those costs, ensuring that the individual gets the care they need without bankrupting your business.

  3. Settlements or Judgments: If your business is found to be at fault for the injury or damage caused, you might be required to pay a settlement or judgment. Products liability insurance helps cover these costs, protecting your business’s assets.

How does products liability insurance work?

When a claim is made against your business for injury or damage caused by a product, your products liability insurance will kick in to help cover the associated costs. Here’s how it works:

  1. Claim Investigation: First, your insurance provider will investigate the claim to determine if your policy covers the incident. They’ll look at how the product was used, whether it was defective, and other factors to make this determination.

  2. Legal Support: If the claim goes to court, your insurance provider will help cover the legal fees and provide support throughout the process.

  3. Financial Protection: If you are found liable, or if a settlement is reached, your products liability insurance will help cover the financial costs, up to the limits of your policy.

Disadvantages/Advantages or Pros/Cons

  • Financial Protection: Products liability insurance provides essential financial protection, ensuring that a single claim doesn’t result in devastating financial loss.
  • Legal Support: Having insurance means having access to legal support and expertise when you need it most.
  • Risk Management: This type of insurance encourages businesses to maintain high-quality production standards, as lower risk can translate to lower insurance premiums.
  • Cost: Like all insurance, products liability insurance comes at a cost. For some small businesses, the premiums can be a significant expense.
  • Policy Limits: Every insurance policy has its limits, and products liability insurance is no exception. If a claim exceeds your policy limits, your business will be responsible for covering the excess costs.
  • Complexity: Understanding the terms, conditions, and exclusions of your policy can be complex, and it’s crucial to ensure you have the right coverage for your specific business needs.

Common misunderstandings

What are some common misunderstandings about products liability insurance?

  • It’s Only for Manufacturers: Some businesses think that products liability insurance is only for manufacturers, but it’s crucial for anyone involved in the supply chain, including retailers and distributors.
  • Small Businesses Don’t Need It: There’s a misconception that small businesses don’t need products liability insurance, but small businesses can be especially vulnerable to the financial impact of a claim.
  • It Covers Every Possible Claim: Some business owners believe that products liability insurance covers every possible claim related to their product, but this isn’t the case. There are exclusions and limits to every policy.

How can Gerrards help with products liability insurance?

At Gerrards, we specialize in business insurance, and we understand the unique needs of businesses in New Zealand. We can help by:

  • Providing Expertise: Our team has the knowledge and expertise to help you understand your risks and choose the right products liability insurance for your business.
  • Offering a Range of Options: We work with a variety of insurance providers, ensuring that we can offer you a range of options to find the best fit for your needs.
  • Supporting You Through Claims: If you do face a claim, we’ll be there to support you through the process, helping to ensure that it is as smooth and stress-free as possible.

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