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Professional liability insurance for sports and fitness businesses

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Professional liability insurance

Professional liability insurance, also called errors and omissions insurance, protects small businesses against the costs of client lawsuits over unsatisfactory work.

Professional liability guards against work mistakes

An instructional error at your gym, Pilates studio, or other fitness business could result in injury to one of your clients. To recoup the cost of medical bills, a client could file a lawsuit against your business.

Professional liability insurance for fitness professionals can provide the coverage your business needs to stay afloat while dealing with legal matters. This policy is also called errors and omissions insurance, or E&O. It includes liability coverage related to:

  • Client injury due to improper instruction
  • Failure to deliver promised results
  • Accusations of negligence
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What coverage can professional liability insurance provide for sports and fitness businesses?

Client injury due to improper instruction

Even if you’re not at fault, an accusation that your fitness training caused injury could lead to an expensive lawsuit. If a student at your yoga studio claims that a pose aggravated a back injury, or someone in your Zumba class pulls a muscle, you could find yourself paying for a costly legal defense. Professional liability insurance can help cover attorney’s fees, settlements, court-ordered judgments, and other costs related to work mistakes.

Failure to deliver promised results

In the sports and fitness industry, broken promises can have a significant impact on your customers. If a client takes you to court over an unfulfilled fitness objective, such as failure to meet a guaranteed weight loss goal, your professional liability insurance policy could help pay for the resulting legal fees.

Accusations of negligence

Clients typically have high expectations when it comes to health and fitness. If your work doesn’t meet their standards, you could be accused of negligence. Professional liability insurance can help pay for the cost of a lawsuit alleging substandard work. That could include a yoga student who is unsatisfied with the quality of your instruction, or the client of a personal trainer who files a lawsuit because the program doesn’t meet his expectations.

Other important policies for fitness professionals

While professional liability insurance covers work errors and accusations of negligence, it does not offer complete protection. Accidents and injuries can happen in any fitness studio. Other policies to consider include:

General liability insurance: This policy covers expenses related to customer injuries and property damage. It also covers advertising injuries, such as an accusation of slander from a competing business.

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

Workers’ compensation insurance: Workers' comp is required in almost every state for sports and fitness businesses that have employees. It covers medical costs and partial lost wages for work-related injuries.

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Updated: April 29, 2022
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