There technically isn’t any difference between workers’ compensation and employers liability insurance.
Employers liability is included whenever you purchases workers’ compensation insurance.
Most states require workers’ comp for businesses with employees because it can provide financial help if they experience a work-related injury or illness.
Employers liability is a part of workers’ comp that can protect employers from financial losses if they are accused of being at fault for causing a workplace injury or illness.
Employers liability insurance refers to a type of coverage included with workers’ compensation insurance. It can cover lawsuits connected to work-related injuries or illnesses.
It can help protect a business financially if an employee files a lawsuit claiming the employer’s actions (or failure to act) caused their injury or illness.
Employers liability coverage can help pay for:
There are several types of lawsuits related to workplace injuries. The employers liability coverage in your workers’ comp insurance might help with accusations of:
Negligence: An employee may file a lawsuit for negligence and sue you for damages if they are injured on the job and claim you failed to take steps to protect them.
Consequential bodily injury: Employees may file this type of lawsuit if a family member or caregiver gets sick or hurt as a result of caring for them after a work-related injury.
Third-party over action: An injured employee may decide to sue another business (such as an equipment manufacturer) because of an injury they sustained at work. If that business decides to then sue you, it would be categorized as a third-party over action lawsuit.
Dual capacity: If the employee is injured by a piece of equipment that your business produces, they may sue you as the employer and as the equipment manufacturer.
Loss of consortium: An employee’s family member could sue you for additional compensation after a work injury or death with this type of lawsuit.
We understand these can be big, scary legal terms.
When you purchase coverage with NEXT, you’ll have access to claims advocates and specialists who can help you at every step of the process.
It’s important to get in touch with them as soon as possible after a claim of work-related injury or illness.
Employers liability insurance can offer important benefits for any business with employees.
There were 2.7 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses and 4,764 workplace fatalities reported by private U.S. businesses in 2020.
Without adequate insurance, a single accident could significantly impact your bottom line if you are involved in a lawsuit.
Workers’ compensation insurance provides a safety net for employers and employees when workplace injuries occur.
In addition to providing employers liability coverage, it can help with medical expenses, lost wages and other costs after a work-related injury or illness.
There are three main types of protection that workers’ comp typically offers:
Medical and lost wage: This part of your workers’ comp insurance helps cover bills for medical appointments and treatments, lost income and other related expenses.
Employers liability: This type of coverage can help if an employee files a lawsuit blaming the employer for their injury or illness. It can help pay for legal expenses, including settlements, damages and judgments.
Death benefits: Workers’ comp can cover some of the associated costs If an employee dies as a result of a work-related illness or injury.
Businesses with employees must carry workers’ comp insurance in most states.
There may be fines or felony charges applied when businesses don’t comply with local workers’ compensation laws.
Some business owners, including self-employed entrepreneurs, get workers’ comp insurance even if they’re not required to by law. It can help cover lost wages (unlike personal health insurance) and medical care if an injury occurs at work.
The cost of workers’ compensation insurance can start as low as $12.20 monthly for low-risk businesses.
Monthly premiums for individual businesses are determined by factors like the type of work they do, where the business is located and how many employees they have.*
Employers liability coverage is a part of workers’ comp insurance policies.
Workers’ compensation offers broader coverage beyond just employers liability coverage, including lost wages, medical treatment and death benefits.
NEXT Insurance creates customized, affordable insurance packages for small business owners.
In addition to offering workers’ comp insurance that includes employers liability coverage, we also offer general liability insurance, commercial auto insurance, commercial property insurance and business owner’s policy.
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