Decoding Your Salon Insurance Policy: Key Terms Explained

By Dean Laming on June 16th, 2023

Navigating the world of salon insurance can be a daunting task, especially when faced with an array of unfamiliar terms and jargon. It’s nevertheless essential that you understand your insurance policy inside out to ensure you’re adequately protected against potential risks.

But how do you make sense of all the technicalities?

In this comprehensive guide, we’ll break down everything you need to know about decoding your salon insurance policy. From understanding the basics and exploring various types of coverage, such as professional liability and public liability insurance, to delving into more specific aspects like treatment risk cover and legal expenses cover – we’ve got you covered.

Join us as we demystify key terms and concepts related to salon insurance policies, empowering you with the knowledge needed to tailor a bespoke plan that meets all your unique requirements…

Insurance Basics

A salon insurance policy is designed to protect your business from various risks and liabilities that may arise during the course of its operations. It serves as a safety net to safeguard your finances, assets, and reputation in the event of unforeseen events such as accidents, property damage, employee injuries, and legal disputes.

Before diving deep into the specific coverages included in a typical salon insurance policy, it’s essential to understand some key terms often used in these policies:

  • Premium: This is the amount you pay regularly (usually monthly or annually) to maintain your insurance coverage.
  • Excess: This is the amount you must pay out-of-pocket before your insurance company will begin covering costs related to a claim.
  • Limit: This refers to the maximum amount an insurer will pay for a particular type of claim under your policy.

With these basic terms clear in mind, let’s explore different types of coverage included in a salon insurance policy.

Coverage Types

There are several types of coverage that most salon owners should consider incorporating into their insurance policies. These include professional liability, public liability, employers’ liability, business interruption coverage, stock and contents cover, treatment risk cover, and legal expenses cover. You’ll see these terms frequently when applying, so what do they mean?

Professional Treatment Risk Insurance

Professional treatment risk insurance protects your business from claims arising due to injury or damage caused by you or your employees while providing services at the salon. This could include faulty haircuts or incorrect chemical treatments that result in damage or injury to clients’ hair or skin. If a client files a lawsuit against you for damages caused by these mistakes or negligence on part of your staff members; professional liability coverage can help with legal fees and potential compensation payments up to specified limits.

Public Liability Insurance

Public liability insurance is essential to protect your salon from claims involving third-party injuries or property damage that happen within your premises. For instance, if a client trips and falls on a wet floor or suffers an injury due to any faulty equipment in the salon, public liability coverage can help pay for medical expenses and legal fees associated with these claims.

Employers’ Liability Insurance

Employers’ liability insurance is mandatory in most jurisdictions for businesses employing staff members. This type of coverage protects you against financial losses resulting from workplace accidents that lead to employee injuries or illnesses. It also helps cover legal costs and compensation payments if an employee files a lawsuit against you as their employer.

Business Interruption Coverage

Business interruption insurance covers loss of income due to unexpected events such as natural disasters, fires, thefts, or other circumstances leading to temporary closure of your salon. This coverage helps maintain cash flow during this period while also providing funds for ongoing business expenses like rent, utilities, and payroll.

Stock And Contents Cover

Stock and contents insurance ensures protection for all physical assets inside your salon – from products on shelves to furnishings and equipment used daily by staff members during operations. If these items get damaged or stolen due to unforeseen incidents like fires or burglaries; stock and contents cover will replace them at their current market value.

Legal Expenses Cover

Legal expenses insurance covers costs associated with various legal disputes your salon might face during its operations. This could include employment disputes, tax investigations, or defending against copyright infringement claims made by competitors.

Tailoring Your Salon Insurance Policy To Meet Specific Needs

Each salon is unique, and so are its insurance requirements. It’s essential to tailor your insurance policy that meets the specific needs of your business – including all necessary coverages described above.

Salon Saver is here to provide low-cost core protection for businesses without any fuss. Our goal is simple: equip salons with the essential coverage they need without forcing them to pay extra for unnecessary frills. With everything from professional liability insurance to treatment risk coverage, we help ensure you can focus on what matters most: running a successful salon business while enjoying peace of mind knowing you’re protected from potential risks and liabilities along the way.

Dean Laming

Dean Laming is a Chartered Insurance Broker with more than 25 years insurance experience. Through various underwriting, operational and management roles, Dean has built up extensive knowledge of the hair and beauty sector and is now Managing Director of Salon Saver, part of the wider Henry Seymour Group.

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