Professional Liability Insurance
Professionals that operate their own businesses, or in-home businesses if you have anoffice in your home, should purchase Professional Liability insurance in addition to a Business Owners policy. This protects against financial losses from lawsuits filed against them by their clients.
Professionals are expected to have extensive technical knowledge or training in their particular area of expertise. They are also expected to perform the services for which they were hired, according to the standards of conduct in their profession. If they fail to use the degree of skill expected of them, they can be held responsible in a court of law for any harm they cause to another person or business. When liability is limited to acts of negligence, Professional Liability insurance may be called “Errors and Omissions” liability. Professional Liability insurance may be referred to as Errors and Omissions Coverage or Malpractice Insurance for those in the medical field.
Professional Liability insurance is a specialty coverage. Professional Liability coverage is not provided under Homeowners’ endorsements, In-Home Business policies, or Business Owners policies (BOPs).
Commercial Auto Insurance
As a business owner, you need the same kind of insurance coverages for the car you use in your business as you do for a car used for personal travel – Liability, Collision, Comprehensive, Medical Payments, Personal Injury Protection, and coverage for Uninsured Motorists. In fact, many business people use the same vehicle for both business and pleasure. If the vehicle is owned by the business, make sure the name of the business appears on the policy as the “principal insured” rather than your name. This will avoid possible confusion in the event that you need to file a claim or if a claim is filed against you.
Whether you need to buy a Business Auto insurance policy will depend on the kind of driving you do. A good insurance agent will ask you many details about how you use vehicles in your business, who will be driving them, and whether employees, if you have them, are likely to be driving their own cars for your business.
While the major coverages are the same, a Business Auto policy differs from a Personal Auto policy in many technical respects. Ask your insurance agent to explain all the differences and options.
If you have a Personal Umbrella Liability policy, there’s generally an exclusion for business-related liability. Make sure you have sufficient auto liability coverage.