General liability insurance policies are designed to protect businesses across industries against common risks, but not all of these policies are created equal.

Most basic general liability policies cover $1 million to $2 million per occurrence. This means that if a lawsuit occurs, you may receive up to $1 million to cover that claim. General liability covers expenses related to:

  • Bodily injury (medical payments)
  • Property damage
  • Personal and advertising injury

Larger businesses generally need higher limits of general liability in order to protect against expensive lawsuits. Limits may also depend on requirements and industry. For example, your industry may require you to carry a certain amount of general liability insurance. You can carry higher limits than this requirement, but you cannot carry lower.

Be sure to check the requirements for your industry as well as the frequency of claims. If you work in an industry with a high rate of liability claims (such as construction) you may need higher limits of general liability insurance in order to protect your business.

How Much Is Covered Under General Liability Insurance?

A basic general liability insurance covers medical expenses in case of injury and legal expenses in case of a lawsuit. For example, say a customer in your grocery store is walking down the aisle. A heavy jar from the top shelf falls and hits the customer’s head, making them bleed and giving them a concussion.

They are rushed to the hospital, and later try to file a lawsuit against your grocery store for negligence. General liability insurance will help cover their medical costs, such as the hospital stay and treatment. If the customer still decides to sue for more money, general liability can offer compensation for the business’ legal fees, court costs, defense expenses, settlement costs and more.

How Much Is General Liability Insurance?

General liability insurance premiums depend on a variety of factors, including your:

  • Location
  • Size of the business
  • Claims history
  • Industry
  • Credit score
  • Coverage limits

On average, general liability is around $500 a month (about $42 a month) for small businesses. Larger businesses, businesses in locations with frequent storms and those with poor credit may pay more for general liability insurance.

You can also choose to bundle your general liability insurance. A business owners policy combines general liability and commercial property into a single affordable policy.

To find the best rates on a policy geared for your coverage needs, speak with a Bishop Associates insurance agent.