Errors and omissions insurance (E&O) helps cover the cost of a lawsuit if a client claims your work was inaccurate, late, or never delivered. It’s sometimes called professional liability insurance.
An accusation of professional negligence, errors, or an unfulfilled promise related to your insurance services could lead to a client taking you to court. As an insurance professional, you realize how devastating a legal battle can be. Fortunately, errors and omissions insurance can protect your business from such claims by paying for legal expenses.
This policy provides coverage related to:
Mistakes happen, and insurance professionals – from claims adjusters to life insurance agents – are susceptible to legal action. If a client sues over a mistake or an oversight, you could face a significant loss. E&O coverage for insurance agents helps pay for your legal fees, which can mount up even for a frivolous lawsuit.
As a liaison, insurance agents connect clients with insurance providers and lenders. Expectations are high, and if your business fails to perform its professional duties, you could face a lawsuit. E&O for insurance agents can help pay for your legal fees, including court-ordered judgments or settlements decided out of court. Speak to a licensed Insureon agent for guidance on shopping for E&O insurance.
Claims adjusters, life and health agents, P&C agents, and other insurance professionals are not immune to claims of professional negligence. For example, a client could claim that your advice led to insufficient coverage. When a client files a lawsuit to recoup for financial losses, an E&O insurance policy can cover your legal expenses, including the cost of hiring an attorney.
There's one important fact you should know about E&O: it's a claims-made policy. You can only receive benefits if your policy is active both when the incident happened and when the claim was filed.
That means you'll need to keep this coverage if you retire or switch from freelancing to a full-time job, if you want coverage for your past work. And that's true for your clients, as well.
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While E&O insurance covers potential fallout from a professional mistake, it does not provide complete protection. Insurance professionals should also consider:
General liability insurance: This policy covers expenses related to customer injuries, customer property damage, and advertising injuries, such as slander.
Workers’ compensation insurance: This policy is required in most states for insurance businesses with employees. Even sole proprietors should consider this coverage, as it helps pay for medical expenses if you're injured on the job.
Business owner's policy (BOP): This policy combines general liability insurance with commercial property insurance, usually at a lower rate than purchasing the policies separately.
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