Limit of Liability

Published: | Updated: January 31, 2017

Definition - What does Limit of Liability mean?

A limit of liability is the most an insurance company would pay a policy holder who loses a lawsuit. The policy terms explain exactly how much. In case the policy holder is sued and owes more than the limit of liability provided in the coverage, they would need to pay the rest for the damages out-of-pocket.

Insuranceopedia explains Limit of Liability

An insurance policy stipulates exactly how much it covers for various problems, including liability. Extra liability coverage would require paying more. Insurance companies also set a limit on how much liability coverage they provide. For example, a car insurance company might only allow up to $500,000 of liability coverage. Coverage beyond this limit would require a separate liability insurance policy, which is also known as an umbrella policy.


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