DEFINITION of 'Business Liability Insurance'

Insurance that protects a company and/or business owner in the event of a formal lawsuit or other third-party claim. Coverage includes any financial liability incurred in addition to expenses related to the company's legal defense. There are three main types of business liability insurance: general liability insurance, professional liability insurance and product liability insurance.

BREAKING DOWN 'Business Liability Insurance'

If you are a small business owner, your form of ownership - especially a partnership or sole proprietorship - could put your personal finances at risk in the event of a business-related lawsuit. Even under a limited liability corporation (LLC) you could still be exposed to personal risk. Business liability insurance can provide you with greater insurance protection than is offered by your legal structure.

New or additional insurance policies should contain an exclusions clause to minimize cost by avoiding duplications of coverage provided in other policies and/or to eliminate any unneeded coverage.

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