Understanding Professional Liability Insurance
As a business owner, you may be looking into your insurance options. As such, you may have come across the terms “professional liability insurance” and “errors and omissions insurance”. To the untrained eye, these two policies can appear to be different coverages. If you are not sure what these terms mean for your business, we are here to help.
Professional liability vs. errors and omissions insurance
You may be aware that many industries use the terms “E&O insurance” and “professional liability insurance” interchangeably. Professional liability insurance is a term used to describe the policy covering consultants, engineers, accountants, and architects. E&O insurance is used to describe the policy covering the real estate, technology sectors.
What about coverage?
On a basic level, professional liability insurance covers you when you are accused of not having done your job correctly. Businesses that provide professional services typically need professional liability insurance because those services come with risks. A client could hold your business liable for:
- Breach of contract
- Work oversights and errors
- Providing substandard work
- Missed deadlines
If these professional mistakes result in financial losses for your client, they could sue you to recoup the expenses. In this case, professional liability/E&O insurance could help to cover:
- Attorney fees
- Court costs
- Settlements or judgments
Keep in mind that even if you did nothing wrong and the claim against you was unjustified, there can still be huge costs associated with these types of claims.