Professional Indemnity Insurance

Professional Indemnity Insurance

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Professional Indemnity Insurance For Your Business

When operating a business, your primary goal is to provide a positive impression to your customers. However, there may come a time when a client is dissatisfied with your service and they may incur a loss or suffer damage which arises from an act, omission or a breach of professional duty by you during the course of your business duties.

In today’s economic environment, the threat of potential claims being made against you is very real. It costs time and money to defend yourself against such claims, even if they are unfounded. The demand for compensation can be hundreds of thousands, if not more. Even if you are not found liable, the legal costs of defending yourself could seriously affect your business.

Professional Indemnity Insurance (PI) is designed to protect you and your employees by providing cover against such claims, including the costs of legal defence. Having the right PI cover offers you peace of mind, knowing you can confidently go about your work and protect your reputation should the worst happen.

Professional Indemnity explained further…

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What is covered?

  • Damages and claimant costs awarded against the insured
  • Legal and defence costs
  • Claims investigation costs
  • Inquiry attendance costs
  • Public relations costs

What is NOT covered?

  • Intentional damage
  • Known claims and circumstances
  • Fraud and dishonesty
  • Bodily injury / property damage

Get the cover that is right for you

BizCover offers Professional Indemnity policies from a range of insurers with cover limits from $250K to $10M. When determining how much cover you need, consider the following:

  • Are there any statutory requirements for your profession?
  • Are you a member of a professional body or association with a set requirement to hold PI insurance? If so, how much cover do they require you to have?
  • Do any of your work contracts specify that you must hold a certain level of PI insurance?
  • What is the value of the jobs that you perform?
  • What are the potential risks (i.e. what could go wrong?) and what are the potential costs to rectify any mistakes?
  • What would the legal and investigation costs add up to if any action was taken against you?

 

Ensure you review your insurance regularly to assess your exposure risk and increase your level of cover accordingly.

Real-life claim example

A quantity surveyor went to an onsite meeting and misunderstood the verbal description and specifications of the building project. When the time came to pay, the estimate was out by many thousands of dollars. The Project Manager looked to the quantity surveyor who had made the error and asked him to pay for the variation of cost. The surveyor’s insurer and made a quick settlement offer. The potential liability in this case was greater than the fees actually earned for the job. Remember, a $1,000 fee contract can potentially generate millions in liability if something goes wrong.**

Could this happen to your business?

While we may strive for perfection, making mistakes is a part of the human condition. But since your clients rely on your advice, a mistake in your line of work could be costly. Professional Indemnity Insurance allows you to cover yourself if, and when, you do slip up in your day-to-day operations.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Do I really need Professional Indemnity Insurance?

It’s a common misconception that Professional Indemnity insurance is only for accountants or, lawyers.. While these professions often do require PI cover, there are many fields that may need the protection Professional Indemnity insurance provides. If your job directly involves providing your professional advice or service, you have a duty of care to your customers.

An example of some professions that may require PI cover are: health practitionersIT contractorsmanagement consultantsaccountants and real estate agents among many others.

Professional Indemnity cover may be necessary for:

  • Anyone who provides paid professional advice or services to any business or individual
  • Contractors who work for the government or other organisations whereby insurance is mandatory as a condition of the contract

How much does Professional Indemnity Insurance Cost?

The cost of Professional Indemnity insurance depends on a number of key factors including:

  • The type of business you operate
  • Your business size and turnover
  • The amount of insurance cover you require
  • The individuals being covered – are they qualified for the job they are performing
  • Previous claims history

 

The simplest and most accurate way to find out how much a Professional Indemnity policy would cost for your business is to compare quotes to cover your business and its unique insurance needs.

What is difference between Professional Indemnity and Public Liability Insurance?

Public Liability insurance protects you and your business against the financial implications if you are found liable for loss or damage to other people’s property, or cause illness or injury that is not covered by the Accident Compensation Commission (ACC).

Professional Indemnity Professional Indemnity (PI) insurance is an important form of protection for businesses that provide specialist services or professional advice. It is designed to respond to claims against your business for losses as a result of actual or alleged negligent acts or omissions in the provision of your professional service or advice. PI Insurance will also assist with the legal costs associated with responding to or managing claims which are covered by the policy.

When should I notify the insurer for Professional Indemnity Claim?

Like other insurance policies there are a number of important conditions and obligations under your insurance contract that you need to understand.

Professional Indemnity insurance is issued on a ‘claims made and notified’ basis, meaning the policy responds to claims first made against the insured during the active policy period, and notified to the insurer during the policy period. In a nutshell for a claim to be considered, your policy must have been active at the time the allegation was made against you, and when the claim is lodged.

What is notification and why is it important?

One of the vital conditions of a Professional Indemnity policy is that you may be required to give information around any circumstances that may give rise to a claim to your insurer. You have an obligation to inform your insurer as soon as practically possible once you become aware of any situation which could possibly result in a claim.

Failure to notify your insurer as soon as reasonably possible could lead to your claim being denied. So, even if you’re unsure whether it’s worthy of letting them know or not, it’s in your best interests to do so.

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Why choose BizCover for your Professional Indemnity Insurance?

At BizCover, our task is to make Professional Indemnity insurance a stress-free experience. Our platform is designed to help you compare quotes and get the right cover you need so you can get back to more important things like running your business. But if you are still not convinced, here are a few other reasons why you should choose BizCover for your PI insurance.

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Our platform is as clear as the Aotearoa air and as competitive as the All Blacks. You can compare and choose from a range of competitive prices right there on your screen.

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We know insurance and what makes small businesses tick.

We won’t confuse you with jargon

We’re not fans of complicated insurance speak, so we talk to you in plain English. If you want to brush up on your Latin, look elsewhere.

How do I make a claim on my insurance policy?

Need to make a claim? No dramas! We’re here to assist you through the process and get you back to business. Simply download, complete the Claim Notification Form and return to [email protected] We’ll manage the process with the insurer for you, while our dedicated claims consultants keep you informed every step of the way. Alternatively, if you would like to contact us by phone, our customer service team are here to help you on Ph. 0508 249 268.

*This information is a general guide only and does not take into account your objectives, financial situation or needs. As with any insurance, cover will be subject to the terms, conditions and exclusions contained in the policy wording. The information contained on this web page is general only and should not be relied upon as advice. BizCover Limited is owned by BizCover Pty Ltd (ABN 68 127 707 975)

** The provision of the claims examples are for illustrative purposes only and should not be seen as an indication as to how any potential claim will be assessed or accepted. Cover for a claim will depend on the specific circumstances around the loss and would be subject to the terms and conditions of the policy concerned. As with any insurance, cover will be subject to the terms, conditions and exclusions contained in the policy wording. The information contained in this article is general only.  Coverage for claims on the policy will be determined by the insurer, not BizCover, and will depend on the specific facts and circumstances involved.

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