Businessowners Policy (BOP)
What is it
A Businessowner’s Policy (BOP) is intended to provide small business owners an all in one comprehensive insurance package for both your property insurance and general liability coverage for your business. By packaging all of these coverages together, you gain peace of mind at a competitive price.
why do i need it
Small business owners that are looking to protect their business in the event of property damage, suspended operations, or lawsuits resulting from bodily injury or damage to property of others will want to purchase a BOP.
Who needs it
Small business insurance is optional but offers protection and peace of mind to business owners. In some case you may be required to have coverage for landlords, financial institutions, and vendors that require you have insurance coverage.
Classes of business that would be eligible for this policy:
- Condo associations
- Retail business
- Service business
- Small manufacturers
- And much more!
Commercial Property Coverages
Property Insurance provides coverage for loss or damage to real property (land and buildings) or personal property (everything else) at the described premises. A deductible will usually apply to each loss.
Buildings and Business Personal Property
Building coverage includes the actual building and structures, completed additions, outdoor fixtures, permanently installed fixtures, machinery and equipment. Materials used to maintain and service the insured premises are also covered. Business Personal Property coverage includes property owned by the insured that is used in the insured’s business, including furniture and fixtures, inventory and stock, property of others in your care, custody or control and other similar items that are not specifically excluded.
Coverage Extensions and Additional Coverages
Most policies provide coverage extensions and additional coverages which may be subject to availability from carrier to carrier. Some optional coverages that may be available include
- Agreed value on buildings
- Business income and extra expense
- Electronic data processing
- Money & securities
- Spoilage – temperature change
- Glass – signs – awnings
- Fine arts
Commercial Crime Coverage
Unfortunately, crime is an everyday occurrence in today’s business community. Fortunately, coverage is available to protect your business from theft by burglary, robbery or employees. This covers money and securities, stock and fixtures both on and off the insured premises.
Employee Dishonesty Coverage
Employee dishonesty coverage protects an employer from financial (money and securities) or other property loss due to the fraudulent activities of one or more employees.
Equipment Breakdown - Boiler and Machinery Insurance
This optional coverage extends farther than just protecting a boiler. You may need this important coverage, which is often excluded from a regular commercial property policy, to cover all your electronics systems, including telephone systems and computers. This insurance provides coverage caused by the sudden and accidental events resulting in direct damage to property, expediting expenses (extra costs incurred to expedite recovery after a loss), and business interruption.
Inland Marine Insurance
Inland Marine Insurance provides coverage for property in transit as well as property of others left in your care custody or control, employees property on premises, contractors equipment and other unusual classes of property that are not generally found at a fixed location.
Law and Ordinance
Provides protection when a substantial part of a building is destroyed and local ordinances require that the undamaged portion be demolished and rebuilt to meet current building codes. Coverages may include cost of demolition, debris removal, and increased cost of construction in accordance to code. Also included is expenses related to complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
General Liability Section
Commercial General Liability Coverages
General Liability insurance provides coverage for bodily injury or property damage for which the insured is legally responsible due to negligence or as required by contract. The policy also provides coverage for liability arising from personal injury and advertising injury, medical expense, accidents occurring on the premises or away from the premises and products or completed operations. In addition to these limits, the policy pays defense costs.
Personal Injury or Advertising Injury
Personal injury refers to injury other than bodily injury, and can include false arrest, malicious prosecution, invasion of privacy and damage to reputation. Advertising injury refers to harm caused by an advertisement, such as libel or slander.
Products and Completed Operations Injury
Product coverage is provided for damages arising from products manufactured, sold or distributed by the insured. Completed operations coverage is provided for damages that occur after the insured’s operations have been completed or an item has been built, installed or distributed for its intended use.
Pays medical expenses resulting from bodily injury caused by an accident on the premise owned or rented by the insured or when caused by the insured’s operations. Payment is made without regard to insured’s liability.
Fire Damage Limit
Provides coverage for fire damage to rented premises caused by the insured’s negligence.
Liquor liability insurance provides coverage for bodily injury or property damage for which an insured may be held liable by causing or contributing to the intoxication of any person, furnishing alcoholic beverages to a person under the legal drinking age or under the influence of alcohol and violating any statute, ordinance, or regulation relating to the sale, gift, distribution, or use of alcoholic beverages. This coverage only applies if the insured is involved in the manufacture, sale or distribution of alcoholic beverages, furnishes alcoholic beverages for a charge, or furnishes alcoholic beverages for no charge, if such activity requires a license.
Count on LoPriore Insurance to advise you about your business insurance needs. Our team of professionals can evaluate your business exposures and give the attention needed to protect your potential risks with a tailored package insurance policy. Our customized solutions offer small business owners just like yourself, Property Coverage, General Liability, and Umbrella Coverage. Rest assured, we are independent insurance agents that work for you, the customer, and we are committed to protecting you and your business' most valuable assets. For more information contact us and find out why so many business insurance clients already count on LoPriore Insurance Agency for their business insurance solutions in the Greater Boston and North Shore Massachusetts and Surrounding Communities.