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Professional Liability Insurance

Are you a contracting business looking for contractors professional liability insurance? Do you want to know more about professional liability? If so, our insurance team at Contractors Liability® is ready to answer some common questions for you and provide you with a free quote as well.

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Everyone is prone to having an accident now and again. Accidents are an unavoidable part of human nature. You roll your ankle on the sidewalk. Perhaps you slept through the alarm the day after daylight savings, or maybe you waited one day too long to replace your balding tires.

Knowing full well what can happen to you in your non-professional life, it would make sense that you would want to cover yourself in the event of an accident caused by your company. To protect your professional reputation, your work, and your customers, most states require you to have professional liability insurance.

Here are some things you need to know so you can make better decisions about professional liability insurance with your insurance provider.

Types of Professional Liability Insurance

It is important to know that there are two different types of professional liability insurance policies. The first is known as a claims-made policy. This is the most common type of policy, as they only cover incidents that happen during a coverage period. If an event happens prior to the beginning of the period, or a claim is made after coverage has ended, chances are your claim will be denied. Therefore, most insurance providers will suggest that companies purchase professional liability insurance as soon as possible. The second type is known as an occurrence liability policy. These cover any event that takes place during coverage, but it can also be extended to cover any claim made after coverage ends. Discuss with your insurance provider what type of coverage might be best for you, or contact us for a second opinion and comparative analysis.

This leads us to another question: What types of businesses need professional liability coverage? Most professional businesses obtain professional liability coverage to look more professional and to meet legal requirements. For contractors and other artisan builder businesses, this can include:

  • Electrician’s Liability Insurance
    • Claims Example: A piece of faulty wiring has caused lost productivity at a business post-construction, and that company is suing you for damages related to the unaddressed problem.
  • Excavator’s Liability Insurance
    • Claims Example: An area of the neighboring property is accidentally damaged during an excavation.
  • General Contractor’s Liability Insurance
    • Claims Example: The building your company constructed has run into some structural issues directly related to poor craftsmanship. The company occupying the building is suing you for damages relating to repair cost.
  • Roofer’s Liability Insurance
    • Claims Example: You did not properly secure the construction area and a piece of debris falls on the head of a passerby.
  • Plumber’s Liability Insurance
    • Claims Example: A person who works with the company that you are contracted with has suffered an injury on the worksite.

Factors that Contribute to Cost of Professional Liability Insurance

You can find a pair of socks at the dollar store, or you can find a pair of socks at Footlocker. The main factor differentiating the two is cost – but as we all know, the price is often determined by the quality of materials and other considerations that went into making the pair of socks.

The same goes for professional liability insurance for specific industries. Your time in the industry, the number of employees you have, what services you provide, and so much more goes into figuring out exactly what type of coverage you need. Setting up a free consultation with the insurance company of your choice prior to purchasing professional liability insurance will guarantee that you get the most reasonable price for the coverage that you need.

Why Choose Contractor’s Liability Over Other Insurance Companies?

You wouldn’t choose a horror movie makeup artist to choose the cosmetics for your wedding day, so why would you choose a generic insurance agency to provide you with coverage that needs to be specific?

Contractor’s Liability has been in the insurance business long enough to understand the complexities of covering your contracting or artisanal/handyman business. We understand the risks involved in these areas of industry, and we seek coverage that amplifies your security and professional nature. Additionally, our focus is to ensure:

  • Customers come first, and we guarantee you the best customer service
  • The insurance companies we work with are all A-Rated, meaning that you get the best service for the price you want
  • Our licensed insurance agents are ready to work with you when you need help the most

What is the difference between professional liability insurance and general liability insurance?

General liability insurance is needed for contractors and professional handyman services because it covers legal fees for any sort of settlement a company and its client might have in court. Professional liability insurance is what covers any sort of incident of negligence on the part of a professional contractor or handyman.

Do I need to have professional liability insurance?

In short, no, but most clients do require that their contractors have professional liability insurance. Not having it might make it harder for you to gain a foothold in your professional community. If your company is found to be negligent, not having it can make the difference between a minor setback and a devastating financial blow.

Is there anything that professional liability insurance does not cover?

For all intents and purposes, this type of policy has you covered in the event of nearly every case of negligence. However, it does not always cover criminal cases, and usually does not cover intentional mistakes, which include dishonesty and non-financial losses.

Are you feeling less than confident in your ability to purchase the best professional liability insurance option? Do you feel as though you need more help? Regardless of where you are in your search for professional liability insurance, you can feel confident that the folks at Contractors Liability are here to help you when you need it. For more information, contact us via web or call us at (866) 225-1950 for a 5-minute quote.

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