Personal Liability Insurance...
...covers you and your minor children in cases of accidental damage to a third party or
In Germany, you are legally responsible for any damages caused to others by
your person. It is important to note that this is restricted not only to damages
one has personally caused but also holds for damages caused by one’s children,
by one’s pet (for which you have to purchase pet liability insurance, it is not
included in the personal liability).
You are liable with all your present and
future estate. Income and liability claims will not be waived unless the damages in
question have been completely paid. Consequently, personal liability insurance is one
of the most important insurances one should hold when living in or travelling
Personal Liability insurance covers the costs of all damages you and your
children up to the age of 18 do unintentionally to others:
- Damages done unintentionally to your rented home, except for:
- damages to glass, in Germany this is covered with household goods and glass insurance
- inventory furniture and appliances.
- Kicking a ball through a window or mowing the lawn and lawn mower throws stone
- Crossing a street without paying attention causing an accident :claim 25000.00 Euro
- Your child, while skateboarding injures another person: claim 8000.00 Euro
- You accidently drop a valuable statue in a store while examining it: claim 3000.00 Euro
These are just a few very real examples of what happens every day.
The insurance coverage is worldwide 24/7, limit is 20 Million Euro
The German law says the sidewalks around the house you live in have to be kept free of snow, the exact regulations you will have to ask the village or city you live in. The person held responsible is the landlord, but he might have turned that responsibility over to you when renting the house, you must check that.
If someone gets hurt on the area that you are obligated to keep free of salt and ice the personal liability covers under certain circumstances only:
- If there was a good reason for not having removed snow and ice, like being at work, and it snowed or iced up while you were away from the house
- If it happened outside the hours which you are supposed to tend to snow and ice.
They distinguish between accidents that happen even though you do abide by the rules and accidents that happen because you never take care of snow and ice on your area.