Professional liability insurance covers liability for damages arising from the rendering of or failure to render professional services. With claims increasing during this economic downturn, the need for professional liability insurance coverage is even greater. Protect yourself and your business from claims not covered by commercial general liability coverage.
Professional liability insurance, also referred to as professional indemnity insurance, protects professional personnel against negligence claims made by their patients or clients. Professionals who commonly turn to this type of liability insurance for coverage include architects, home inspectors, lawyers, physicians, real estate brokers and accountants – among others. Specific professional liability insurance carries different names depending on the profession. For example, professional liability insurance in the medical profession may be called medical malpractice insurance, while real estate brokers fall under errors and omissions insurance coverage. Because claims become more frequent in a struggling economy, protect yourself with professional liability insurance.
Professional Liability Considerations
The need for professional liability coverage developed due to typical general liability insurance policies only responding to bodily injury, property damage, personal injury or an advertising injury claim. Because professionals such as architects, lawyers, physicians, real estate brokers, technology consultants and others can cause claims without bodily injury, property damage, personal injury, or an advertising injury claim, additional coverage is needed to fill this gap.
Common claims made on these policies include negligence, misrepresentation, violation of good faith and fair dealing and inaccurate advice. For example, if a Web design platform fails to perform properly, it would not cause bodily injury, property damage or advertising injuries. Because of this, the general liability policy would not be triggered. But because the Web design platform not performing correctly could directly cause financial losses, and may be attributed to a misrepresentation of the platform’s capabilities, the professional liability coverage would be triggered.
What Exactly Does Your Business Need?
When buying professional liability coverage, there are considerations that will help you determine exactly what you need.
Other Ways to Protect Your Business, in Addition to Professional Liability Insurance:
Contact Action Insurance Group today at (403)457-1000 and ask for one of our commercial brokers, to learn how professional liability insurance can be used as part of your total risk management program.