What is Professional Indemnity Insurance?

Posted : June 21, 2017

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What is Professional Indemnity Insurance?

Owning a business makes you liable for any damages your business causes, but you can prevent this. Read on to understand professional indemnity insurance.

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So, a client has come after you and is demanding compensation for services you provided that they feel lost them money. 

With lawsuits against companies like Starbucks and even Comcast making headlines more and more regularly, business owners want to know how to protect themselves. 

With over 15 million civil lawsuits in a single year in the United States, you need to be prepared. 

In this post, we'll tell you everything you need to know about how professional indemnity insurance can help protect you and your company in the event of a lawsuit. 

What Is Professional Indemnity Insurance?

In a nutshell, this type of insurance helps to pay for the costs of your legal fees, damages or funds paid out to customers, and other expenses should a customer take your to court over services you provided.

In general, this insurance helps to protect you in the following situations:

  • Libel and defamation lawsuits
  • Losing a client's money
  • Failure to provide/losing required products/services
  •  Data and document loss or breaches
  • A copyright and/or confidentiality violation
  • Negligence

Is It Required? 

It depends on your workplace and your industry. Especially if you work in business, it's likely that you'll be required to have it as a part of general regulatory rules.

The reality is that even if you're not currently required to have professional indemnity insurance, it's a good idea to get it anyway. 

Legal fees and payouts to clients can reach alarmingly high numbers, and can even potentially ruin your business. 

Don't wait until it's too late. We strongly suggest protecting yourself before you run into a problem. 

Let's take a look at some of the most common professionals that have this insurance below: 

  • Consultants: education, marketing, etc.
  • IT Experts: Contracted workers, programming experts, etc. 
  • Recruiter firms and professionals
  • Fitness instructors
  • Designers: web, graphic, home, etc. 
  • Tutors and teachers

Even if you have a great relationship with your clients today, one wrong move can make that loyalty fly out the window.

Sometimes, you really have made a mistake, and other times, the client is just taking their frustrations out on you. Still, either way, you need to be prepared. 

What Should My Coverage Look Like? 

In general, we suggest getting coverage for what you deem your "worst possible outcome." 

Sometimes, if you're working within the limits of a contract, even your client may require a certain amount of coverage.

Your cost will vary based on the length and amount of coverage you need. Still, we strongly suggest that you get offers from several different insurance companies before deciding on which one to go with. 

Comparison shopping ensures you won't be hit with fees if you have to change your policy or switch companies. 

You Know the Basics Of Professional Indemnity Insurance

Thanks to this post, you should have a better understanding of this insurance, who should have it, and what it will cover. 

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