Professional Indemnity

By: CPR Insurance Services  02-Mar-2011
Keywords: Professional Indemnity, Insurance Broker, Professional Indemnity Insurance

 

What is professional indemnity insurance?

There are many areas where you may be exposed to economic loss as a result of an error or omission by you or one of your employees. These liability challenges and threats have increased due to a combination of ever increasing need to speed product to market; increased competition in key product and service markets; Increasing customer expectation; The need to export products and services to foreign markets; These threats and challenges are made worse with an Increased outsourcing of systems and data; Increase in fixed price long terms contracts and an ever increasing consumer protection legislation.

Who does it affect?

The definition of 'professional' has broadened in recent years. Due to this, professional indemnity insurance is now held by workers across a wide range of industries. Any professional person providing services such as advice, is regarded by their client as an expert and is therefore open to a claim being made against them should their advice be wrong.

Professional liability insurance was once associated mainly with such groups as accountants, solicitors, medical workers and engineers. Currently however, it provides protection for advice and treatment provided by people in many industries, including architects and designers, education workers, real estate agents, health workers and consultants. Although generally a voluntary form of insurance, certain professionals, including insurance brokers, legal professionals, medical practitioners and some accountants, are required to hold professional liability insurance. Professional contractors often need to hold professional indemnity insurance if working with government bodies, local authorities or private consulting firms.

The professional indemnity policies and conditions relevant to you will vary widely depending on your industry. For further information on the professional indemnity issues that affect you, contact the relevant industry body or talk to an experienced insurance broker such as CPR Insurance.

Why is it useful?

Losing a claim made against you can result in enormous costs and expenses. Some claims take more than five years to settle, leaving a large bill for court costs and legal expenses. Even when successful, defending a claim can be costly.

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