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Workers’ compensation insurance for professional services businesses

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Workers’ compensation insurance

Workers’ compensation insurance covers medical costs and lost wages for work-related injuries and illnesses. This policy is required in almost every state for businesses that have employees.

Workers’ comp protects employees at your professional services business

From law firms to tutoring agencies, no professional services business with employees is immune to injury. A lawyer could slip on an icy walkway and suffer a concussion, or a tutor could trip at a student’s home and break a wrist.

When an employee is injured on the job, workers’ compensation insurance helps pay for medical expenses, disability benefits, and more.

Workers’ compensation can help pay for an injured employee’s:

  • Immediate medical costs, such as an ambulance ride
  • Ongoing medical costs, such as physical therapy
  • Partial lost wages due to time away from work

Workers’ compensation protects business owners against lawsuits

Typically included in a workers’ comp policy, employer’s liability insurance provides protection when a career coach, translator, travel agent, or other professional decides to sue a business owner over an injury.

Employer’s liability insurance can help cover:

  • Attorney's fees
  • Court costs
  • Witness fees
  • Settlements

Even if a lawsuit is found to be frivolous, without proper coverage, you could find yourself paying for an expensive legal battle.

How much does workers' comp cost for professional services businesses?

The amount you pay for workers’ compensation is a specific rate based on every $100 of your business’s payroll. Your premium is determined by the type of work done by your employees (classification rate), your experience modification rate (claims history), and your payroll (per $100).

The formula providers use in underwriting to calculate workers' comp rates is:

Workers' compensation premium calculation formula

State laws set workers’ comp requirements for professional services businesses

Workers’ compensation requirements differ from state to state. For example, law firms in New York must carry workers’ compensation insurance for every employee, including those who work part time. However, Alabama law firms are only required to carry workers’ compensation when they have five or more employees.

Sole proprietors, independent contractors, and partners don’t have to carry workers’ compensation insurance, but many still choose to purchase this policy for the protection it offers. It's always a good idea to carry workers' comp because health insurance can deny claims for injuries that are related to your job.

Monopolistic state funds for workers’ compensation

In some states, professional services businesses must purchase coverage through a monopolistic workers' comp state fund. Those states are:

If you purchase workers’ comp through a monopolistic state fund, it might not include employer’s liability insurance. However, you can purchase it as stop gap coverage from a private insurance company.

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Lower workers’ comp costs with risk management

At any office or venue, a worker could trip on a power cable or slip on a recently mopped floor. You can create a safer workplace with:

  • Employee safety training
  • Prompt cleanup of spills
  • Elimination of hazards, such as clutter and uneven flooring

By managing your risks, you can decrease workplace injuries. That means fewer claims – and a lower insurance premium.

Other important policies for professional services

Workers’ compensation protects your employees and to some extent your business, but it doesn’t cover all risks. Other recommended policies for professional service providers include:

Business owner's policy (BOP): This policy bundles general liability insurance with commercial property insurance at a lower premium than if the policies were purchased separately.

Professional liability insurance: Also known as errors and omissions insurance (E&O), this policy helps cover legal expenses if a professional services business is sued for unsatisfactory work.

Commercial auto insurance: Business-owned vehicles must be covered by a commercial auto policy, which covers costs if your vehicle is involved in an accident.

Cyber liability insurance: This policy helps businesses survive data breaches and cyberattacks by paying customer notification costs and other related expenses.

General liability insurance: This policy can cover expenses related to third-party bodily injuries, property damage, and advertising injuries. It's often required for commercial leases and client contracts.

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Are you ready to safeguard your business with workers’ compensation or another type of professional services insurance? Complete Insureon’s easy online application today. Once you find the right policy, you can begin coverage in less than 24 hours.

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Updated: February 27, 2024
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