Product Liability Insurance

By: Steve Valentino

Product liability insurance guards businesses against claims from people who allegedly suffer illness, injury, or loss due to the product the business supplies. In product liability insurance, a product is defined as a tangible item that is given away or sold. Under the Consumer Protection Act of 1987, the manufacturer or supplier of the product is responsible for the damages that his product may cause to the consumer.

Should a product cause damage, the supplier is liable to be hit with a claim, even if he is not the one manufacturing the product. For example, if you are running an eatery and the food you serve results in the case of food poisoning to seventy-five people, the claim will be great. Though conventional logic suggests that the liability should fall on the heads of the food manufacturers, it would be difficult to prove so.

The magnitude of the risk as well as the claim and the premium are determined by various factors, like the people who purchased the product, the way it was used and the kind of warning labels provided on the product.

Product liability insurance coverage guards you against unanticipated circumstances. If an individual is to manufacture an inferior product then insurance does not protect him. For a manufacturer, this kind of coverage is of massive importance. A tiny defect can make him a target for huge claims.

It is prudent to look for a coverage that protects you against manufacturing quality, safety claims, indemnity costs, et al. Also, you can decrease the premiums by taking measures in advance. Of course, you should let the insurer know about these measures.

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