- 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 counseling business
From falling down a staircase at a psychology practice to being bitten while training a dog for your animal-assisted therapy business, accidents are a possibility for any therapy and counseling employee. Because of the high cost of medical bills, even a minor injury can represent a huge setback for a small business owner.
Workers’ compensation insurance pays for medical bills and lost wages when an employee is injured, preventing accidents from disrupting your business.
Workers’ compensation can help pay for an injured employee’s:
- Immediate medical costs, such as emergency room expenses
- Ongoing medical costs, such as physical rehabilitation
- Partial lost wages while the employee is unable to work
Workers’ comp protects therapy and counseling business owners
Typically included in a workers’ comp policy, employer’s liability insurance provides protection when an employee sues over an injury. For example, a wellness counselor could file a lawsuit alleging that lack of proper building maintenance led to her tripping on a step and breaking an arm.
Employer’s liability insurance can help pay for:
- Attorney’s fees
- Court costs
Without employer’s liability insurance, your therapy or counseling business might have to pay for a costly legal defense out of pocket, even if a claim is frivolous.
How much does workers' comp cost for therapy and counseling 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 is:
Classification rate x Experience modification rate x (Payroll / 100) = Premium
State laws set workers’ comp requirements for therapy and counseling businesses
Each state has its own laws regulating workers’ compensation insurance. For example, every therapy and counseling business in Connecticut must carry workers’ compensation insurance for its employees – even part-time workers. However, North Carolina businesses are typically required to carry workers’ compensation only when they have three or more employees.
While self-employed or independent contractors, sole proprietors, and partners don’t have to carry workers’ compensation insurance, you can purchase a policy to protect yourself, too.
Learn more about workers’ compensation laws in your state.
Monopolistic state funds
In certain states, therapy and counseling businesses must purchase workers’ compensation insurance through a monopolistic 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 from a private insurer to fill this gap in coverage.
Lower workers’ comp costs with risk management
All therapy and counseling practices face risks ranging from slip-and-fall accidents to lifting injuries. Whether you’re the owner of a family counseling practice or an occupational therapy business, you can create a safer work environment with:
- Employee safety training
- Equipment maintenance
- Building maintenance
By installing proper lighting and eliminating hazards such as uneven flooring, you can decrease workplace accidents. That means fewer claims – and a lower insurance premium.
Other key policies for therapists and counselors
Workers’ comp insurance protects your staff and to some extent your business, but it doesn't cover property damage, client injuries, and other common risks. Other recommended insurance policies for therapy and counseling businesses include:
General liability insurance: This policy can pay legal expenses related to client property damage and injuries, along with advertising injuries such as slander.
Business owner’s policy: This policy bundles general liability with commercial property insurance at a lower rate than if the policies were purchased separately.
Professional liability insurance: Also called malpractice insurance for counselors, this policy can cover legal expenses related to accusations of errors or negligence.
Get free quotes and compare policies with Insureon
Are you ready to safeguard your company’s therapists, counselors, and other employees with workers’ compensation insurance? Complete Insureon’s easy online application today. Once you find the right policy, you can begin coverage in less than 24 hours.