Massachusetts business insurance
There are two types of insurance coverage every business in Massachusetts is required to have, and several that are recommended. Here we’ll go into how you can protect your business.
Massachusetts is known for its vibrant culture, but the Bay State is also an incubator for growing small businesses. According to a Small Business Association profile, it boasts over 700,000 small businesses, with over 1.5 million small business employees statewide.1 This represents 46.8% of the private workforce, with nearly 35,000 net new jobs added in 2020.
Whether they operate in healthcare, food services, retail, or any of the major small business sectors, every business owner is expected to abide by Massachusetts business insurance laws. This guide will cover those laws and then discuss the other types of insurance small business owners should consider.
All employers in Massachusetts are legally required to have workers’ compensation insurance. Workers’ compensation insurance exists to safeguard employees from financial impact related to injuries or illnesses sustained on the job. As a business owner, it also protects you from liability related to employee injuries. Workers’ compensation covers expenses and lost wages caused by the following:
If you drive a car, truck or van as part of your business operation, you’re required to have auto liability insurance or qualify as a self-insurer. Auto liability insurance can protect you and your business from the financial consequences of the following types of third-party claims resulting from auto accidents involving your vehicle:
Property damage – In the above scenario, it’s extremely likely the other car sustained some damage as well. Your auto policy’s property damage liability insurance covers the cost to repair or replace the other party’s vehicle.
Bodily injury – If you get into an accident in which you are at fault and the driver or a passenger of the other vehicle is injured, your auto bodily injury liability insurance coverage will insure the additional costs arising out of bodily injury, including medical expenses and death benefits once the injured party has exceeded all PIP benefits available under their policy.
In Massachusetts, your auto liability insurance also provides coverage for:
Personal Injury Protection (PIP) – Personal Injury Protection covers 80 percent of all necessary and reasonable medical expenses up to $10,000 resulting from a covered injury, no matter who caused the crash.
Also, depending on the use of your vehicle, the kind of vehicle or if your vehicle is registered or titled under your business name, you may need a commercial auto insurance policy to secure the appropriate coverage and vehicle registration, and avoid penalties.
General liability insurance (also known as CGL—for commercial general liability) is one of the most essential and effective ways to safeguard your business. It protects your business from the financial consequences resulting from liability related to third-party non-employee bodily injury or third party property damage that arises from your business operations. It also provides coverage for personal and advertising injury. Without general liability insurance coverage, you could be in financial trouble in the event of an unfortunate accident involving a customer or other third party.
If you provide professional services and your advice is alleged to have led to one of your clients suffering a financial loss, professional liability insurance can help. When a former customer or client claims—rightly or wrongly—that a mistake in your work led them to suffer a financial loss, professional liability insurance provides you with investigation and defense of the claim as well as making payments of any settlements or judgments.
Inland marine insurance is designed to protect that vital equipment you use to make your business run smoothly. It protects your business by covering costs associated with accidentally damaged, lost or stolen equipment that is on the go with you. Whether you have an expensive tool collection, pricey construction materials, or other equipment you transport to a job site, having inland marine insurance is a no-brainer. At Thimble, we offer inland marine insurance, or Business Equipment Protection as we call it, with coverage for up to $5,000 worth of business property and equipment.
Commercial property insurance protects your company’s building and the contents inside it from all kinds of risks of physical loss or damage, including theft, vandalism, fires and natural disasters such as floods, storms or earthquakes. Commercial property insurance is often included as part of a Business Owners’ Insurance Policy, or BOP.
No matter what your business is, if you’re in Massachusetts, you’ll benefit from being insured. If a non-employee slips and falls due to a workplace hazard or you accidentally damage a client’s property while working in their home, the last thing you need is to pay out-of-pocket for damages. In Massachusetts, Thimble’s business insurance covers:
At Thimble, the cost of your small business insurance depends on a variety of factors. The amount of risk involved in your business, the industry you’re in, and the amount of business you do all play a part in determining your policy premium.
Another important factor is your location. A large city like Boston might have higher premiums on average than a smaller town on the Cape.
Finally, Thimble will look at factors such as your crew size, coverage amount and the number of years you’ve been in business before determining how much your premium will be.
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With over 700,000 small businesses employing 1.5 million people, the Bay State is an ideal place to start a small business venture. If you’re looking to start your company in Massachusetts, take some time to consider what kinds of small business insurance coverage you’ll need. Being covered means you can focus on growing your company without worrying about expensive insurance claims.
Even if you’re just starting up, you can find Massachusetts business insurance coverage that’s right for you. Through Thimble, you can get a quote for your general liability insurance, professional liability insurance or Business Equipment Protection in less than a minute and if you decide to buy, you’ll be able to access your policy and Certificates of Insurance (COIs) in your inbox instantly.