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What is Errors and Omissions Insurance?
Service professionals can better protect themselves and their business by way of investing in Errors and Omissions (E&O) insurance. Understand more about the protections E&O coverage can provide.

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What is Errors and Omissions Insurance?

Service professionals can better protect themselves and their business by way of investing in Errors and Omissions (E&O) insurance. Understand more about the protections E&O coverage can provide.
It’s a good news, bad news situation. The bad news: Lawsuits, once a measure of last resort, are now commonplace in settling disputes. The good news? You can protect yourself – and your business and reputation – by investing in professional liability coverage, also known as Errors and Omissions (E&O) insurance.

E&O insurance is supplementary liability insurance that enhances any business owner’s policy by safeguarding against catastrophic loss in a lawsuit due to a negligent act, error, or omission by the professional. In addition to claims of error, omission, or negligence, E&O insurance can also protect against slander, libel, and breach of contract.

 

Who Needs Errors and Omissions Coverage?

E&O is appropriate coverage for anyone who gives advice, makes educated recommendations, designs solutions, or represents the needs of others. Service professionals, such as accountants, computer consultants, software developers, planners, architects, real estate agents, contractors, etc., are prime candidates for carrying E&O insurance.

Specialized forms of E&O coverage are also available to professionals such as appraisers, real estate agents, insurance agents, home inspectors, and notaries. Policies are designed to cover the significant legal defense costs incurred trying to prove liability or innocence. They also ultimately cover the final judgment if the business owner does not win the lawsuit.

 

Errors and Omissions Policy Overview

E&O coverage kicks in where your Commercial General Liability policy does not provide coverage, such as service errors, contract performance disputes, or other professional liability issues. These policies also include defense costs, which can be quite substantial even if liability is not found. Policies typically do not cover non-financial losses or intentional or dishonest acts.

E&O policies generally have both a claim limit and an annual limit based on the insured’s exposure. The claim limit is the maximum amount paid for any single event, and the annual limit is the maximum that will be paid in any one year. Typical limits range from $250,000/$500,000 to $2 million/$4 million and differ depending on the type of business.

To be eligible for this specialized insurance, candidates typically have to have proof of licensure in their “covered class of business.”

It’s a good news, bad news situation. The bad news: Lawsuits, once a measure of last resort, are now commonplace in settling disputes. The good news? You can protect yourself – and your business and reputation – by investing in professional liability coverage, also known as Errors and Omissions (E&O) insurance.

E&O insurance is supplementary liability insurance that enhances any business owner’s policy by safeguarding against catastrophic loss in a lawsuit due to a negligent act, error, or omission by the professional. In addition to claims of error, omission, or negligence, E&O insurance can also protect against slander, libel, and breach of contract.

 

Who Needs Errors and Omissions Coverage?

E&O is appropriate coverage for anyone who gives advice, makes educated recommendations, designs solutions, or represents the needs of others. Service professionals, such as accountants, computer consultants, software developers, planners, architects, real estate agents, contractors, etc., are prime candidates for carrying E&O insurance.

Specialized forms of E&O coverage are also available to professionals such as appraisers, real estate agents, insurance agents, home inspectors, and notaries. Policies are designed to cover the significant legal defense costs incurred trying to prove liability or innocence. They also ultimately cover the final judgment if the business owner does not win the lawsuit.

 

Errors and Omissions Policy Overview

E&O coverage kicks in where your Commercial General Liability policy does not provide coverage, such as service errors, contract performance disputes, or other professional liability issues. These policies also include defense costs, which can be quite substantial even if liability is not found. Policies typically do not cover non-financial losses or intentional or dishonest acts.

E&O policies generally have both a claim limit and an annual limit based on the insured’s exposure. The claim limit is the maximum amount paid for any single event, and the annual limit is the maximum that will be paid in any one year. Typical limits range from $250,000/$500,000 to $2 million/$4 million and differ depending on the type of business.

To be eligible for this specialized insurance, candidates typically have to have proof of licensure in their “covered class of business.”

The Last Word

There are many different forms of professional liability insurance and multiple factors to consider when purchasing E&O coverage for your business. Because there isn’t a standard policy, an experienced agent who understands your company and can knowledgeably design a policy to meet your needs is invaluable.

Contact a InsureGood Advisor today to learn how E&O insurance fits into your total risk management program.

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