Errors and omissions insurance (E&O) often doesn’t cover the mistakes made by independent contractors working for your business. To protect yourself from lawsuits, you may want to require contractors to carry coverage.
Errors and omissions insurance covers the cost of lawsuits related to work mistakes, including:
Since independent contractors working for your business are often just as likely to make these types of mistakes as an employee, your contractors should carry E&O coverage.
An independent contractor can be held liable for a mistake that negatively impacts your business or your clients. For example, an event planner relies on other vendors (bakers, florists, etc.) to provide services at a wedding. If the baker uses an ingredient that the groom is allergic to – despite having a list of food allergies – then the couple could file a professional negligence lawsuit against the event planner and the contractors.
In a situation like this, contractors should have the insurance protection necessary to pay for their legal costs, including any settlements or judgments rewarded to the client. If contractors don’t have coverage, your business may be forced to take on a heavier burden.
If you decide to sue your contractor for the damage their mistake caused to your business, it will also be difficult to collect a settlement or judgment if the contractor doesn’t carry E&O insurance.
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