Learn about business insurance requirements and the most common policies for nurses in New York.
Whether you're a registered nurse (RN), nurse practitioner (NP), or licensed practical nurse (LPN), contracts and state laws will require you to carry certain types of insurance.
If you have a commercial lease, your property manager may require you to purchase general liability insurance. Commonly purchased by nurses in New York, general liability insurance can protect your business from expenses associated with common mishaps, such as client property damage and injuries.
State law in New York requires every small business that has employees to provide workers’ compensation insurance, which covers medical bills for work injuries.
Commercial vehicles and vehicles used primarily for work must be covered by commercial auto insurance. This policy helps cover legal costs and medical bills in the event of an auto accident.
Nurses in New York most often buy the following types of insurance. Which policies you need depends on the specifics of your business, such as the number of employees, ownership of a business vehicle, and the terms of any leases or contracts.
General liability insurance is the foundation of a nurse’s business protection, with coverage that extends to client injuries, client property damage, and advertising injuries. Most commercial leases require you to have this coverage.
Nurses sometimes qualify for a business owner’s policy (BOP). This package helps your business save money by bundling commercial property insurance with general liability coverage at an affordable rate.
Businesses in New York that hire employees are almost always required to carry workers’ compensation insurance. This policy covers medical treatment and disability benefits for injured workers.
Workers' comp is optional for sole proprietors and independent contractors. However, it's still recommended, as health insurance can deny claims for injuries related to your job.
Professional liability insurance protects against claims that your work caused harm. That could include accidentally administering the wrong medication, or a baseless claim that you mistreated a patient. This policy is sometimes referred to as medical malpractice insurance.
Business vehicles in New York must carry enough commercial auto insurance to meet the state's minimum requirements for auto liability insurance.
New York's auto insurance requirements are:
This policy helps pay for medical bills, legal fees, and property damage when a business vehicle is involved in an accident.
Nurses handle sensitive patient information on a daily basis, which is why cyber liability insurance is so important for this profession. This policy helps cover the costs of data breach notifications, fraud monitoring services, and other necessary responses to data breaches and cyberattacks.
According to an analysis of Insureon applications, nurses in New York can expect to pay premiums in line with the national median for most policies.
For example, the median annual cost of a business owner’s policy for a nurse in the state is about $500, which is the same as the national median premium.
Similarly, the New York cost of workers’ compensation for nurses is just over $1,072, close to the national median of $1,019.
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