Firstly, Product Liability is associated with the business product. Secondly, it applies if you may have caused injury or damage with products that your business might’ve supplied, manufactured, imported or installed. The examples below may help paint a better picture for you:
Similarly to Product, Public Liability can cover claims for injury or property damage/ and loss. However, the difference here is that injury or damage isn’t caused directly by a product.
Basically, Public Liability Insurance is associated with more intangible accidents. Accidents that aren’t directly linked with a product or service. Therefore, it can be unpredictable. In addition to this, it’s now become mandatory for public events and service based industries to obtain Public Liability Insurance. Also, even if you take the right steps to prevent injury/ damage, nobody can be certain that something won’t go wrong.
Let’s take Sally’s example in the video. A customer slips on something that’s been spilt on the floor. In this instance, there may have been negligence towards maintaining floor safety on the premises. In this scenario, the correct measures should’ve been put in place to ensure public safety. For instance, a warning sign. Without the correct measures, the victim is likely to make a successful claim providing they incurred loss or injury in some way.
In conclusion, both product and public liability insurance are able to protect you from negligence and fault claims. However, the distinction is that product is more associated with product manufacturing and supplying. In any case, it’s worth checking what your business can and should be covered for by speaking to an expert.
Unsure who needs public liability insurance? Don’t worry. We’ve got a helpful blog for that! Read our Blog “Who needs Public Liability Insurance?” and then call us if you still need support. It is important to get personalised advice from an insurance expert. To find out more about how your business can benefit from Public or Product Liability Insurance, speak to us! Let us discuss your insurance needs and what may cover you.
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