Professional liability insurance is coverage that protects business professionals, such as attorneys, consultants and accountants, from claims of negligence or mistakes related to the services they provide. It’s often referred to as errors and omissions (E&O) insurance.
Experts who give advice usually require professional liability coverage because their services can lead to mistakes that can cause financial or indirect loss for their clients. These types of incidents are typically excluded from other business insurance coverages.
Professional liability insurance from Progressive Commercial, also known as errors and omissions insurance, can protect businesses from claims of negligence or substandard work related to their services.
This type of coverage is important for any business that sells professional services or gives advice like accountants, architects, real estate agents, and more. It can protect your business if a client feels your professional work didn’t meet their expectations or caused them financial harm, whether or not you made a mistake.
Having this coverage is a great way to make sure you’re not handling legal fees and settlement costs on your own. Protect your small business with professional liability from Progressive Commercial. Call us or start a quote online today.
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What does professional liability insurance cover?
Professional liability insurance covers claims of actual or alleged negligence that arise from providing professional services, like giving incorrect advice, an omission or failing to deliver a service. This coverage includes damages and defense costs up to your policy limits, regardless of whether a mistake was made.
For example, a client claims an accountant filed their taxes incorrectly and caused them to lose a lot of money. The accountant’s professional liability insurance could help cover the legal and settlement costs.
Many professional liability policies are written on a claims-made basis, which means that coverage is only afforded to claims filed during the policy period. A retroactive date may be added to cover incidents that occur before a policy’s coverage begins.
Professional liability insurance coverage can protect against claims that arise from services provided in the past and for work performed anywhere in the world.
Who needs professional liability insurance?
Any business that sells a professional service or gives advice should consider professional liability insurance to protect against lawsuits that arise from their mistakes.
Some states legally require that certain professionals, such as lawyers, have it before they can do business. Clients might also require that a business carry a certain amount of professional liability as part of their business contracts.
A variety of business professionals need professional liability insurance, including:
The quickest way to get professional liability insurance is to start an online quote. You can also call us to speak directly with one of our knowledgeable agents. They’ll help you identify which professional liability limits best match your small business and personalize a policy that meets both your needs and budget.
Common questions about professional liability insurance
Is errors and omissions insurance the same as professional liability?
When is professional liability insurance required?
It depends on your profession, location, and clientele. While professional liability isn’t required in all cases, some clients may mandate it before signing a contract. Depending on where you live, the law may also require certain professions to carry this coverage. It’s a good idea to check your local regulations to determine whether you need professional liability insurance.
What’s the difference between professional liability and general liability coverages?
Professional liability covers negligence related to advice and services. For example, it can protect a lawyer whose client sues for poor counsel or an accountant whose mistake causes financial loss.
General liability only protects against physical injury or property damage to a third party. For example, general liability could cover medical payments if a customer slips and falls on a business owner’s premises.
Will professional liability cover me even if the lawsuit is baseless?
Yes. Professional liability coverage can protect against unsupported negligence claims in a lawsuit related to your advice and services.
Will professional liability, also known as E&O, cover me if I’m at fault?
Yes. Professional liability insurance provides coverage for claims of negligence and other mistakes, regardless of who is at fault — even if it’s you.
Does E&O insurance cover employees and subcontractors?
Yes, depending on the employee type. Professional liability insurance, otherwise known as errors and omissions (E&O), covers your employees while they are on the job. However, subcontractors typically must carry their own professional liability coverage.
Can Progressive help me get professional liability insurance in my state?
Yes. Progressive can help you get business insurance, including professional liability, in all states except Hawaii. Browse by state.