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The professional liability insurance policy indemnifies the owner of this policy, i.e. the insured, for the amounts for which he becomes legally liable and arising from any claim or claims against him resulting from negligence or a specific error received from him in certain cases, and is submitted within the insurance period specified in the policy schedule.
What is Professional Liability Insurance?
Professional Liability Insurance (PI) is a commercial policy designed to protect private, freelancers and self-employed business owners in the event that a customer makes claims that the service provided by them is inadequate.
Any organization that provides professional service or counseling can be sued if the recipient is dissatisfied with their work, the client may accuse you of negligence or damage to something, or that you received the wrong training or made a mistake that cost them money.
This policy, known as Professional Liability Insurance, is designed to protect organizations that provide services to the public and the public no matter what.
Whatever kind of work you offer, of course you take pride in it and describe it as great, but in the event of disagreements with clients, this policy gives you extensive coverage that addresses and bears the cost of getting things right – including legal fees.
Often, business owners are priced to protect their business in the greatest possible way, and this gives them professional liability insurance as it covers costs and losses in the event that the customer or service owner claims that the service provided is inadequate, not as expected, or leads to a financial loss for him.
Professional insurance covers any legal costs and other expenses incurred while defending its owner, in addition to damages or costs that may be awarded to the client.
What professions need professional liability insurance?
Many professions need professional liability insurance as an essential part of their daily business plan and to establish established companies from the ground up, including:
Although these categories of businesses are not obligated to take out professional liability insurance, without it, they may be responsible for the thousands of pounds of legal fees and compensation payments that clients can claim, not to mention the lost income from the time spent defending any claim.
You'll likely need professional liability insurance if you:
Provide professional advice or services to your clients (including consultancy or construction engagements).
Offer designs to your clients (such as working as an architect or design engineer).
You want to protect against claims of errors or negligence that you may experience from customers.
You work as a contractor or consultant, and your client has asked you for professional liability insurance to sign a contract.
Occupations that may need professional compensation insurance also include (but are not limited to):
Management and business consultants such as marketing consultants, training consultants and education consultants
IT professionals including IT contractors, consultants, programmers, and developers.
Technical contractors and engineers including CAD designers, project engineers and offshore oil and gas engineers.
Recruitment agencies and recruitment consultants.
Designers such as web designers, Graphic designers, and interior designers.
Fitness professionals including personal trainers, dance teachers, and yoga instructors.
Teachers including tutors.
What are the coverages covered by the Professional Liability Insurance Policy?
As mentioned earlier, professional liability insurance provides financial protection against loss or damage claims made by clients or third parties – in the employer – arising from damage or poor quality of professional services or the instructions or advice you provide as a service.
It can also include loss or damage resulting from professional negligence, for example: making a mistake in part of the business or giving harm to customers.
Professional compensation insurance can also cover:
Unintentional copyright infringement – for example if someone's image is used in an ad without their permission.
Defamation and defamation – such as making an incorrect claim about a competitor.
Unintentional breach of confidentiality – This can include sharing a customer's confidential information without their consent.
Loss of documents or data.
Loss of money or goods for which you are responsible.
When a third party "Customer" files a lawsuit of this kind against the employer, comes the role of a professional liability insurance policy which can cover the legal costs and expenses incurred while defending your rights or errors you have inadvertently committed, and can also cover the costs of compensation granted to the customer or third party, if you are found to be responsible.
What exclusions are not covered by professional liability insurance?
There are also some scenarios that may not be covered in a professional liability insurance policy including:
Fines and penalties
Any loss to your company caused by mold, contamination or asbestos
Injury to an employee
Injury or loss in a joint venture (your products/services will only be covered by your insurance, not partner products or services)
Conditions that existed before the start of your coverage.
How much does it cost to get a professional liability insurance policy?
As in most insurance policies, it is not possible to determine a specific cost or obtain a number for an explicit amount until after reviewing many factors, as the cost of professional liability insurance can vary due to a number of factors, such as:
How much coverage you need for your business.
The type of activities or work you do.
The income that results from the volume of your business.
Finally, professional liability insurance is not an absolute necessity for most businesses.