What is ProfessionalLiability/Errors andOmissions Insurance?And why do I need it? RISKPRO ®
Professional Liability DefinedProfessional liability insurance, also known as Errors & Omissions, or E&O is defined by IRMI.com as "coverage designed to protect traditional professionals and quasi- professionals against liability incurred as a result of errors and omissions in performing professional services. Although there are a few exceptions, most professional liability policies cover economic losses suffered by third parties, as opposed to bodily injury and property damage (which is typically covered under commercial general liability policies). The vast majority of professional liability policies are written with claims-made coverage triggers.
How does this specifically apply to me? Your State might require the coverage in order to satisfy a licensing requirement You might have a contractual requirement between you and a client But a practical reason would be: As careful and risk conscious as a business might be, claims might arise from false or frivolous allegations causing a business to incur defense costs. But of course.... there can always be the case of a professional making an error or omission when rendering professional services
Duty to Defend In most professional liability policies, your insurance carrier has a duty to defend you, when that claim falls within the policys limits and scope of coverage. Professional liability/errors and omissions insurance is designed to protect professionals, within the scope of coverage for the professional liability policy, by defending them and paying any judgments or settlements on claims that may arise. The duty to defend is broad and includes any false or frivolous allegations.
Examples of Potential ProfessionalLiability Claims A home inspector fails to see a crack in the drain pipe located under the kitchen sink. Within a month of the new homeowner living in the house, the pipe bursts while the dishwasher is draining causing substantial water damage. An engineer miscalculates the load bearing weight of a balcony. After 4 years of use, the structure collapses. A lawyer prepares the will of a wealthy executive who has decided to leave nothing to his children. This lawyer fails to make any mention of the children in the will, which is required to legally establish the client’s wishes that the children inherit nothing.
Conclusion Professional liability insurance is the proper coverage to maintain in order to provide financial protection for your business from allegations of negligence in rendering professional services.
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