Professional Liability Insurance Application

Professional Liability Insurance Application

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What is Professional Liability Insurance? 

A professional liability insurance application needs to be completed in order to secure a bindable quote for professional liability insurance.  A fully completed and signed professional liability application is also required for the insurance companies files as it includes a warranty that there are no known claims.  A professional liability insurance application also technically forms part of most professional liability insurance policies.

Professional liability insurance aka errors & omissions (E&O) insurance is a type of liability coverage designed to protect traditional professionals (e.g., accountants, attorneys) and other professionals (e.g., human resource consultants, management consultants etc.) against liability incurred as a result of errors and omissions in performing their professional services.

What Does Professional Liability Insurance Cover & Exclude?
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Although there are a few exceptions (e.g., physicians, architects, and engineers), most professional liability insurance policies only cover economic or financial losses suffered by third parties, as opposed to bodily injury (BI) and property damage (PD) claims. This is because the latter two types of loss are typically covered under commercial general liability (CGL) policies. The vast majority of professional liability insurance policies are written with claims-made coverage triggers. In addition, professional liability policies often contain what are known as “shrinking limits,” meaning that unlike CGL policies (where defense costs are paid in addition to policy limits), the insurer’s payment of defense costs reduces available policy limits.

When attempting to determine appropriate policy limits, insureds must consider the fact that because defense costs are often a high proportion of any claim settlement or judgment, they must usually purchase additional limits. The most common exclusions in professional liability policy forms are for bodily injury (BI), property damage (PD), and intentional/dishonest acts.

See also Accountants professional liability insurance; liability coverage; Errors and omissions (E&O) insurance; Lawyers professional liability coverage; Management liability insurance;  Shrinking limits defense provision.

Does Our Company Need Professional Liability Insurance?

To determine whether or not your organization needs professional liability insurance you first need to determine whether any part of your operations could be defined as providing a service to a third party for a fee.  If the answer to that question is  “yes” than you should connect with an ALIGNED Insurance Broker to discuss your operations and needs in more detail.

Questions about the professional liability application? An ALIGNED Broker can provide expert guidance about professional liability insurance and risk management best practices for your organization.

Talk to one of our brokers today about how we can help you secure the best products, services and insurance solutions for your business.

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