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What is Product Liability Insurance?

As the owner of a business, you are liable for any products you manufacture or sell—and if somebody is hurt as a result of using the product, you may be at fault for the incident.

When you ask for coverage from our agency, we will determine the likelihood of a lawsuit being brought against you as a result of one of your products being used. Our experts can identify the risks associated with your products or services and appropriately scale a policy to cover those risks. We can also offer advice on how to make your products less prone to risk. This may involve modifying your product, packaging it differently, or changing any instructions and warnings included with the product. When done well, these precautions can help reduce the company's liability and stop customers from using the product in an unsafe way.

Do I need Product Liability Insurance?

If your company manufactures or sells any kind of product, it is strongly recommended that you have some form of liability coverage. Even products that are widely regarded as 'safe' can malfunction in a way that causes harm to the user, and defending against a lawsuit is usually expensive enough that many companies (and claimants) prefer to simply settle out of court. Product liability insurance can reimburse you for expenses (including defense costs and settlements) that occurred during this process.

Product liability cases that go to court are among the most expensive forms of personal injury cases, and as of 2013 these cases had an average payout of more than $6 million. All companies that obtain this type of coverage are encouraged to have a policy limit higher than the median payout—anything less makes it likely that your company will suffer significant losses if a jury decides against you.

Don't forget to talk to your agent on a regular basis as your business continues to grow. Larger businesses often face larger risks than smaller ones (including, among other things, increased exposure as a result of having more customers who could potentially file a lawsuit). A plan that suffices for a small company may not be enough to protect a large one.

What does Product Liability Insurance Cover?

Product liability insurance mainly covers the legal obligations of a company. This may include payments like:

  • Court fees
  • Legal defense costs
  • Personal injury awards
  • Out-of-court settlements
  • Miscellaneous fees that may occur during any of the above

If you feel any of these forms of coverage are missing from your policy, or if you are starting a business and need product liability coverage, speak to a Bethany Insurance Agency agent or request a quote today.

 

1. Ross, Kenneth. "The Role of Product Instructions in Product Liability Prevention." In Compliance. April 30, 2015. Accessed April 18, 2016. http://incompliancemag.com/article/the-role-of-product-instructions-in-product-liability-prevention/.

2. "Settle Your Personal Injury Claim." AllLaw.com. Accessed April 18, 2016. http://www.alllaw.com/resources/personal-injury/settle-your-personal-injury-claim.

3. "Product Liability." III. Accessed April 18, 2016. http://www.iii.org/fact-statistic/product-liability.

Bethany Insurance Agency

190 E Arrow Hwy Unit I,

San Dimas, CA 91773

Main office: (909) 305-0070
Fax: (909) 305-0087

Office Hours:

Mon: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tues: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wed: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thurs: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Fri: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Sat: By Appointment
Sun: Closed

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Testimonials

Michael, Daniel and the rest of the staff are great to work with. By far the best insurance agents my office has ever had the pleasure of working with. There customer service is second to none and their rates are very competitive. I couldn't ask for anything more. These guys really are the best. I would recommend giving them a call.
Sam from Costa Mesa
We have had our insurance business with Bethany Insurance for a number of years and always receive awesome service. On our last renewal, Mike S helped us save even more while keeping our same coverage. I highly recommend Bethany Insurance and have several family members doing business with them. Thank you Mike and Bethany Insurance.
A M. from Glendora
These guys are awesome! I was referred to Daniel through one of my closest friends. Daniel initially started my car insurance quote when I was fed up with my last agency. Everyone here is super friendly. Someone is always available to take my call. When Daniel wasn't around to help, Chris was able to assist. All of them are super knowledgeable and helped me switch services easily. I called and emailed Chris a lot to get all my paperwork handled. I'm surprised they didn't refuse my business. Jk. They were so helpful that I switched my bros' and dad's insurance policies to them too. Definitely happy they helped. They made the process super easy.
Amy P. from Santa Ana
I'm a mortgage broker and I need a place to refer all my clients, and Michael Shehata has been my number 1 guy. I tell my clients they can shop around and look for the best deal, but I already have. I refer everyone to Mike at Bethany and he never disappoints to beat anyone's rates and service. I would recommend him to all my friends and family as well. Thank You Bethany!
Andrew Y. from Anaheim
I dont go to yelp and post reviews unless it is 5 or 1. I was given a Home Insurance quote for $500 by some other agency initially and Michael from Bethany reviewed it with me to inform that it had minimal coverage. And they also helped me get a quote when Mercury rejected it due to fire hazard issues. Helping me evaluate or smoothen the process is the best value Bethany provides. I will refer Bethany to as many as ​I ​ can.
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