These risks include:
- Injuries to children: A child breaks her leg falling off your backyard slide or a toddler losers his finger after catching it in your sliding-glass door.
- Lawsuits by parents: A parent breaks her arm after slipping on your icy front steps. Another parent accuses your son of inappropriately touching her child.
Despite these real risks, too many family child care providers don’t have business liability insurance to protect themselves, their family and their business.
Here are the common excuses providers give for not having this insurance:
“I don’t have any money, so why should I worry about a parent suing me?
Many providers incorrectly believe that they won’t be sued because they have little money. If a child is seriously injured, the parent probably won’t be deterred by your financial situation. If they do sue you, you’ll have to pay a lawyer to defend yourself.
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Tom Copeland – www.tomcopelandblog.com
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For more information about business liability insurance see my book Family Child Care Legal & Insurance Guide.