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Liquor Liability Insurance

Liquor laws vary widely by state, but one universal truth across the country is that all locations selling intoxicating beverages are at risk if the people they serve decide to make poor choices. Liquor liability policies are very specific about what they cover, and our agents can help make sure your policy fully protects your business.

The most important aspect of liquor liability insurance to keep in mind is that it is not included with most business policies. You've invested a lot in running your establishment, and one thing you don't need is a regulatory fine for something you thought had been taken care of. Our agents will make sure that doesn’t happen by creating a policy that meets local regulations and provides enough coverage for the types of incidents you face. These include:

  • Injuries or damages caused by intoxicated patrons
  • Lawsuits brought by customers who misinterpreted an employee's actions (especially being escorted out of the establishment)
  • Litigation costs, including hiring a lawyer and defending against claims brought against your business

Liquor Liability for Weddings and Events

Licensed establishments aren't the only places where liquor might be served. People also tend to drink alcohol at weddings and other major events—sometimes as part of the ceremony, other times as a way of relaxing and having fun afterwards. Whatever your reason for serving alcohol, liquor liability insurance can help keep costs from spiraling out of control if someone gets drunk enough to cause a scene.

Gellatly Insurance Services agents are familiar with which local venues require you to have this coverage if you'll be hosting a wedding where alcohol will be served, and our representatives will work with you to ensure that the policy you have meets any other requirements the location has.

Limitations of Liquor Liability Insurance

Most policies apply only to incidents that you were involved with as a part of doing business or hosting an event. They may not cover off-site incidents, non-business activities (such as giving free drinks to friends after closing down your business for the night), and similar incidents. Exclusions may vary by policy, so be sure to read which ones apply to you and consider asking for a policy modification if you expect any of the exclusions to occur on a regular basis.

Your policy may also have an annual cap on how much it will pay out. If your business is particularly risky (for example, bottles are broken on a particularly frequent basis), you may wish to increase your policy limit. Call now for more information—our agents can help you determine the amount of liquor liability insurance that's most appropriate for your business.

 

1. O'Connor, Cozen. "Comparison of State Liquor Liability Laws." Cozen.com. August 2007. Accessed April 21, 2016. https://www.cozen.com/admin/files/publications/Dram_Shop.pdf.

2. Larino, Jennifer. "Bars Often Roll Dice on Liquor Liability Coverage." Insurance Journal News. April 01, 2013. Accessed April 28, 2016. http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2013/04/01/286632.htm.

3. "Host Liquor Liability." Insurance Glossary. Accessed April 28, 2016. https://www.irmi.com/online/insurance-glossary/terms/h/host-liquor-liability.aspx.

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Gellatly Insurance Services

22 N. Chelan Ave.
Wenatchee, WA 98801
Main office: 509-662-2151
Fax: 509-662-1197

Mitchell, Reed & Schmitten Insurance, Inc. - Cashmere Location

117 Aplets Way
Cashmere, WA 98815
Main office: 509-782-2751

Mitchell, Reed & Schmitten Insurance, Inc. - Chelan Location

329 E Woodin Ave
Chelan, WA 98816
Main office: 509-888-4348

Mitchell, Reed & Schmitten Insurance, Inc. - Cle Elum Location

803 W 1st Street
Cle Elum, WA 98922
Main office: 509-674-4433

Mitchell, Reed & Schmitten Insurance, Inc. - Ellensburg Location

101 W University Way
Ellensburg, WA 98926
Main office: 509-962-0902

Mitchell, Reed & Schmitten Insurance, Inc. - Leavenworth Location

980 Highway #2
Leavenworth, WA 98826
Main office: 509-548-6050

Mitchell, Reed & Schmitten Insurance, Inc. - Wenatchee Location

124 E. Penny Road, Suite 101
Wenatchee, WA 98801
Main office: 509-665-0500
Toll free: 800-253-1442
Fax: 509-664-4004

Mitchell, Reed & Schmitten Insurance, Inc. - Yakima Location

5800 Summitview Ave
Yakima, WA 98909
Main office: 509-454-5156

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