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Commercial Umbrella Insurance: What You Need to Know

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Commercial umbrella insurance is often called umbrella liability insurance. Its primary purpose is to give your business added protection from potentially ruinous lawsuits and accidents. It serves as a backstop to other policies, including General Liability, filling in when other coverages have reached their limits.

Commercial Umbrella Insurance: What Is It? Do You Need It?

These are some of the most compelling reasons for having a commercial umbrella insurance policy:

  • Provides increased financial protection from unexpected risks
  • Generally enables you to expand your coverage limits on several policies through one umbrella policy
  • May cover additional liabilities not covered by your other commercial policies
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Increase Your Protection When Lawsuits Max Out

Commercial umbrella insurance often pays for legal costs associated with a lawsuit—and frequently serves as a safety net when other liability policy limits have been exhausted in satisfying judgments and settlements.

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Commercial Auto, General Liability or Other Insurances

Commercial umbrella insurance can be used to supplement your coverage under:

  • Commercial Auto insurance
  • General Liability insurance
  • But typically, Commercial Umbrella will not cover losses associated with Professional Liability or Errors and Omissions insurance policies
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Commercial Umbrella Insurance: Surprisingly Affordable

Because other underlying policy limits are used first, commercial umbrella coverage is generally cheaper than traditional first-dollar liability insurance.

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