Someone trips at your business, breaks their leg and files a lawsuit. Excluding employees.
You accidentally damage a client or customer’s property.
You’re sued for improper image use in your advertising.
You need an attorney to defend your business in a lawsuit after a claim.
General liability insurance can help protect North Carolina small businesses from financial losses that result from common accidents, such as:
This insurance is sometimes called commercial general liability (CGL).
There are a number of situations where general liability insurance could help businesses in North Carolina. For example:
In situations like these, your North Carolina general liability insurance policy could help cover related costs up to your policy limit. It may also provide coverage if you have to defend your business against an accusation of libel, slander or copyright infringement.
This state does not require businesses to carry commercial general liability insurance.
However, North Carolina allows local governments to determine their own insurance requirements for businesses. Check with your city clerk’s office to determine whether you need this insurance to operate legally in your area.
Even though North Carolina liability insurance isn’t required by the state, many business owners opt to get this coverage because it can provide important financial protections, such as:
General liability coverage can help protect a business financially if certain types of accidents occur. Additionally, lenders and banks may require this type of North Carolina business insurance.
You may need to provide a certificate of insurance to sign a commercial property lease. Some property managers require this coverage before they’ll rent you a space for your business.
Depending on your industry, your clients may require proof of coverage for small business liability insurance. North Carolina entrepreneurs could miss out on potential jobs if they don’t have this coverage.
Depending on your industry, you may have to show proof of coverage to secure a business license or permit.
For example, general contractors in North Carolina may need proof of coverage to secure building permits or sign contracts with potential clients. This type of insurance provides added financial security on major construction projects.
For more details, see our guide to North Carolina general contractor license and insurance requirements.
Most North Carolina businesses can benefit from commercial general liability coverage since it applies to common accidents in many different industries.
Even for seemingly low-risk lines of work, general liability insurance can help protect your business. Accidental injuries and property damage can happen in places you might not expect, like an office environment or a client’s home.
If a house cleaner scratches a client’s hardwood floor while moving a couch to clean, for example, general liability insurance could help cover related costs.
Several factors influence general liability insurance costs. North Carolina insurance premiums are often determined by things like:
North Carolina business owners can get a customized general liability insurance policy from NEXT online. Our premiums are affordable, with 50% of our U.S. customers paying $45 or less per month.**
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Workers’ compensation insurance can help pay for medical expenses and lost wages if an employee gets hurt on the job.
North Carolina requires all businesses with three or more employees to have workers’ comp coverage.1
Commercial auto insurance can help cover costs like medical bills, property damage and towing if you or an employee gets into an accident while driving a work vehicle.
All registered vehicles in North Carolina are required to have minimum auto insurance coverage of $30,000 per person, $60,000 per accident and $25,000 for property damage per accident.2
Commercial property insurance can help protect the physical assets your business needs to operate, such as brick-and-mortar structures, inventory, equipment and furniture. If a covered event occurs, like a burst water pipe or a fire, this insurance could help cover the costs to make repairs or replacements
If you plan to get both general liability and commercial property coverage, consider a business owner’s policy (BOP). A BOP combines both types of insurance and typically offers savings on monthly premiums.
Professional liability insurance can help protect your business if a client or customer claims you made a mistake that cost them money.
Learn more about general liability insurance options in the state where you work.
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