A business owner’s policy, or BOP, combines general liability insurance with commercial property insurance, typically at a lower rate than if the policies were purchased separately.
A business owner’s policy offers a broad spectrum of protection against the most common risks facing therapists and counselors, including client injuries and property damage. A BOP bundles general liability insurance and commercial property insurance at a lower rate than purchasing both policies separately.
General liability insurance covers accidental client injuries and client property damage for which you might be found liable. Commercial property insurance protects your business property and equipment from damage or loss.
A BOP shields against:
Therapy and counseling business owners can tailor a BOP to meet their specific needs. Useful add-ons for a therapist might include business interruption insurance or another endorsement.
Businesses that are eligible for a BOP usually:
Talk to a licensed Insureon agent to find out if your business meets the criteria for a BOP.
The commercial property portion of a business owner’s policy pays for repair or replacement of damaged, destroyed, or stolen items including:
If your occupational therapy clinic, health education office, or other therapy and counseling business sustains damage after a fire – even one that began in another building – a BOP can pay for the cost of renovation.
The general liability portion of a BOP can cover legal and financial expenses related to third-party injuries or property damage. For example, it can provide coverage when:
The general liability portion of a BOP also offers coverage against advertising injuries, such as:
For instance, if a wellness counselor writes a negative review about a local competitor and your business is sued for libel, a BOP can cover the resulting legal costs.
If your therapy or counseling practice is forced to close after a fire or other disruptive event, your BOP can compensate for lost income and operating costs.
For example, a speech therapy clinic may have to close its doors for a few weeks after a tornado. Business interruption insurance, included in most BOPs, can compensate for operating expenses (including staff wages, rent, and utilities) while your practice is being renovated.
A business owner’s policy offers broad protection for therapy and counseling professionals, but it doesn’t provide coverage for all risks. Business owners should also consider:
Workers’ compensation insurance: Required in almost every state for therapy businesses with employees, workers’ comp can cover medical costs for work injuries.
Professional liability insurance: Also called malpractice insurance, this policy can help cover legal expenses when a therapist or counselor is accused of a work error or negligence.
Are you ready to safeguard your therapy or counseling business with a business owner’s policy? Complete Insureon’s easy online application today. Once you find the right policy, you can begin coverage in less than 24 hours.