Despite experiencing these types of events, the survey found that many small businesses aren’t filing claims for them. Insureon cites the following possible reasons for this trend:
- They don't have insurance or don't have the right policy to cover the claim.
- The cost of the incident is less than their deductible, so they deal with it out of pocket.
- They worry that filing a claim will cause their premiums to go up.
- They prefer to handle the matter on their own rather than wait for resolution from an insurance company.
As a result, many small business owners are choosing to let their carrier know about an incident, but don’t file a claim. Instead, they pay for the incident out of pocket to prevent higher premiums in the long run. But how does the cost of a claim stack up against the cost of coverage?
What costs more: A single claim or insurance coverage? (Photo: Shutterstock)
According to The Hartford, the 10 most expensive types of claims (and the cost per incident) are:
- Reputational harm: $50,000
- Vehicle accident: $45,000
- Fire damage: $35,000
- Product liability: $35,000
- Customer injury or property damage: $30,000
- Wind and hail damage: $26,000
- Customer slip and fall: $20,000
- Water and freezing damage: $17,000
- Struck by object: $10,000
- Burglary and theft: $8,000
- $428 per year for general liability insurance
- $920 per year for professional liability insurance
How do the most expensive claims compare to the top incidents small businesses experienced in 2016? Click next to read the most common insurable events for small businesses, and which coverage agents can offer clients for them.
Client complaint or contract dispute: 22.2 percent
Professional liability insurance can cover claims related to client dissatisfaction, including alleged work mistakes, undelivered work or negligence.
Employee injury: 10.6 percent
Workers' Compensation can pay for medical bills and partial missed wages when employees are hurt at work.
Burglary or theft: 8.8 percent
Commercial property insurance can help pay to replace stolen business property.
Fire, storm damage or cracked pipes: 6.6 percent
Property Insurance can also pay to repair property damaged by fire or certain weather events.
Customer injury: 2.4 percent
General liability insurance can help cover costs when customers are injured on business property.
Product that caused injury or damage: 2.3 percent
The product liability portion of general liability Insurance can pay for legal expenses associated with damage from goods you sell.