Professional liability insurance coverage is for liability claims caused by professional negligence that results in financial harm to a third party. This is different from General Liability Insurance which provides protection for physical harm done to a person or property. Professionals are expected to have extensive training and technical knowledge 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. Common issues covered by professional liability coverage include negligence, misrepresentation, inaccurate advice, or failure to perform, which all can result in a financial loss to the client.
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Who needs Professional Liability Insurance?
- Real Estate Agents
- Mortgage Brokers
- Insurance Agents
- Any business that offers a service where a mistake can be made that results in financial harm to a third party.
A Mortgage Broker failed to process a loan application on a timely basis which resulted in the borrower losing an agreed upon rate. Rates increased and the borrower was unable to secure a comparable rate resulting in significant excess interest paid.
A Computer Consultant was assisting a client with their credit card processing from one vendor to another. It was alleged that the Insured failed to follow their own guidelines and procedures during the process and mishandled sensitive account information.
A private school hired a Management Consultant to assist them with employee recruitment activities. The suit alleges the Insured performed an inadequate background check and failed to identify the employee’s criminal history which included a sexual assault on a minor.
A Property Manager professional liability claim was filed involving a class action lawsuit alleging the Insured reviewed the applicant’s eviction reports without their consent.
A Safety Consultant professional liability claim resultedwhen the claimant alleged the Insured’s critical inspectionreport was not comprehensive enough to have promptedthe client to take precautionary measures to avoid anexplosion that resulted in one fatality and one severe injury.