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Why Should I Consider a Business Umbrella Policy?

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As a proud business owner, it’s your job to consider the “what-ifs” for your business. Of course, you don’t want to think about the worst… but no matter how careful or cautious you and your employees are, accidents do happen – and sometimes they can be serious.

If you experience a catastrophic accident, things can get costly… and fast. That’s where your ERIE agent and ERIE’s Business Umbrella Policy can help.

Why Do I Need a Business Umbrella Policy?

This specialized policy can kick in with extra financial protection against a legal judgment for a covered loss. Business umbrella liability offers a cushion above and beyond the limits of your commercial general liability, professional liability, business auto liability and employer’s liability insurance.

Business umbrella insurance could help you when facing a serious and costly claim, for example:

  • One of your drivers causes a very serious accident and a suit is filed against your business.
  • A fire starts at your owned location and damages several other buildings in the surrounding area. A suit is filed against your business for the resulting damage.
  • Your business gets sued because a customer is injured by a product he or she purchased through your business.
  • A competitor claims you made false or malicious statements about their business in public or in an advertisement and decides to take legal action.

A major claim, like those mentioned above, could threaten the very existence of your business. And if a claim is serious enough, it could even have the potential to put your own personal assets — like your home and your retirement account — at risk.

What Erie Insurance Offers

ERIE’s Business Umbrella coverage, called a Business Catastrophe Liability Policy, offers your business $1 million or more of extra protection above your primary Erie Insurance policy’s liability coverage for a covered loss.

ERIE’s business policies also give you access to a variety of resources including:

  • Coverage for legal costs to defend a covered claim.
  • Assistance from a risk control consultant who can recommend measures to help you identify, manage and reduce your business’s risks. (Learn more about our risk control services.)
  • Access to online disaster planning and business continuity tools through the Institute for Business and Home Safety’s “Open for Business” program.

We can help you look ahead

Business umbrella insurance is probably more affordable than you think. Contact us today to discuss adding business umbrella insurance to your current business policy. He or she will talk to you about affordable options that can work for your business.

ERIE® insurance products and services are provided by one or more of the following insurers: Erie Insurance Exchange, Erie Insurance Company, Erie Insurance Property & Casualty Company, Flagship City Insurance Company and Erie Family Life Insurance Company (home offices: Erie, Pennsylvania) or Erie Insurance Company of New York (home office: Rochester, New York).  The companies within the Erie Insurance Group are not licensed to operate in all states. Refer to the company licensure and states of operation information.

The insurance products and rates, if applicable, described in this blog are in effect as of January 2024 and may be changed at any time. 

Insurance products are subject to terms, conditions and exclusions not described in this blog. The policy contains the specific details of the coverages, terms, conditions and exclusions. 

The insurance products and services described in this blog are not offered in all states.  ERIE life insurance and annuity products are not available in New York.  ERIE Medicare supplement products are not available in the District of Columbia or New York.  ERIE long term care products are not available in the District of Columbia and New York. 

Eligibility will be determined at the time of application based upon applicable underwriting guidelines and rules in effect at that time.

Your ERIE agent can offer you practical guidance and answer questions you may have before you buy.

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