Learn about what information you'll need and consider coverage options before you apply for E&O insurance. Compare quotes online from top-rated carriers for free with Insureon.
Information you provide helps determine your risks
Errors and omissions insurance (also called E&O, professional liability insurance, or malpractice insurance) covers your legal expenses if a disgruntled customer sues you over your services. Whether your company was in the wrong or not, E&O covers the cost of litigation up to your policy limits.
To determine your business's risk of facing a lawsuit, your E&O application will ask for details about your company's organization, revenue and payroll data, information on how your company uses contracts, potential corporate entanglements, and insurance and legal history.
What documents and information do I need to complete the E&O application?
Throughout your E&O application, you'll be asked to provide details about your business. Be prepared to specify:
- Contact information for each of your company's locations
- How many employees you have and their status (full-time, part-time, etc.)
- The date the business started (under current ownership)
- A brief description of what your business does
- How your business is legally organized (sole proprietorship, LLC, S corporation, partnership, etc.)
- The type of work your business does
It will also be useful to have the following documents when filling out your application:
- Recent balance sheets and projections for the next fiscal year
- Form contracts and modified contracts you use with your largest clients
- Insurance policies or certificates of insurance for the coverage your business already carries
- Payroll sheets and documents detailing executive compensation
- Your business's ownership interests in other companies
- Documents legally registering your company as a corporation, LLC, etc.
Other variables that will impact your E&O quote
There are a handful of other factors that will impact the cost of E&O for your business. Keep in mind the following when filling out your application:
Contractual promises can both create liability and lessen liability exposure. For example, if you use subcontractors, do your contracts require them to carry E&O insurance? How often do you use contracts or modify your written contracts with clients?
Corporate entanglements may cause you to face legal complications that increase your liability exposure. To determine how the complexity of your corporate landscape might affect your E&O risk, the application will ask if a member of your company owns 3% or more of one of your clients and if you or your company owns 51% or more of another business. If either of those describes your situation, you'll be asked to provide details regarding those relationships.
You'll need to report your insurance and claims history. Be prepared to answer certain business insurance-related questions, such as what other policies your company has carried in the past 12 months, whether or not you’ve carried E&O insurance before, and what claims were made under your previous or current policies. The more details you are able to provide, the more tailored your policy will be to meet your business’s needs.
A certificate of liability insurance boosts credibility
When you obtain E&O coverage for your small business, you can request to receive a certificate of liability insurance. This one-page document outlines your E&O coverage details, such as contact information for you and the insurer, deductibles, policy limits, and a description of the scope of your coverage. It acts as proof of insurance for clients and other business partners who require you to carry E&O insurance.
Having a certificate of liability insurance might allow you to land contracts you otherwise couldn't. It also strengthens your clients' trust when you list them as certificate holders, which means they get updates if your coverage lapses or changes.
Final tips and notes on applying for E&O
Insureon's E&O insurance application is easy to complete. As you're going through the web-based forms, here are some tips that'll help your experience go smoothly:
- Know the coverage limits and deductible amounts you'd like. A licensed Insureon agent can help you with this if you are unsure.
- When entering dollar amounts, you don't need to include the dollar sign.
- Answering certain questions “yes” will unveil more questions; the application adapts to your answers.
- To return to a previous page in the application, use the arrow at the bottom of the page rather than your browser's “back” button.
- When you enter your contact information, you'll receive an email with a password. If you don't complete the application in one sitting, you can always come back to your saved information by signing in.
After filling out the online application, you'll receive insurance quotes tailored to the needs and risks of your small business. You can often secure insurance within 24 hours of submitting an application.