The personal liability coverage in your homeowner’s insurance protects you from lawsuits stemming from bodily injury or property damage to others on your property – situations in which you are legally responsible to pay.
A few examples of where personality liability coverage can be used:
1. Your misguided golf ball busts someone’s windshield.
2. A houseguest slips on loose carpet in your living room and sprains his or her ankle.
3. Giselle, your Spanish Mastiff, bites the next door neighbor.
Because these types of damages can really add up, you need to know what your liability coverage limit is. Keep in mind that you can’t predict where liability law suits will originate. Due to this, it is important that your homeowner’s liability coverage matches the rest of your liability coverage.
Not sure how much liability coverage you should purchase? There are several things to consider…
1. What are you worth? (How much money do you have now and how much will you have in the future?)
2. Will you feel morally responsible? (Will you purchase a higher liability limit to be sure that those injured are provided for?)
3. What would you expect if you were the one suing?
With most insurance companies, the difference between $100,000 liability coverage and $1 million liability coverage is no greater than $75 per year.
Who knows? A few more dollars per month could save you a few headaches and thousands of dollars in the future.
In the end, it is essential to know what you’re covered for because each homeowner’s insurance policy is different. You need to know what your policy limits or excludes.