What Does Adding an Additional Insured to a Professional Liability Policy Mean?
When you add an additional insured to a professional liability policy, it means you’re extending your insurance coverage to another person or company. Professional liability insurance
helps protect your business from lawsuits that claim there were mistakes in the professional services given. Even if a mistake didn’t happen, clients can still sue you or the additional insured on your policy.
If you’re adding an additional insured to a professional liability policy, be aware that they can file a claim with your insurer if a client sues them.
Can You Be an Additional Insured on E&O Policy?
Depending on your business, you may be able to ask another policy holder to be an additional insured on their professional liability insurance policy, also known as errors and omissions insurance or E&O insurance. However, you can’t be named an additional insured on your own policy. If you’re the policy holder, you’re the named insured.
When you add an additional insured on your E&O policy, you’re extending your coverage. While this can help protect the additional insured, it can also put you at more risk of liability claims.
For example, let’s say you decide to work with a staffing firm for nurses to help patients in your medical office. Before the firm agrees to work with you, they ask for additional insured status on your business’ E&O insurance policy. When you do this, your business becomes liable for certain claims and lawsuits filed against the design firm.
Be aware that some insurers may limit the types of businesses that can add an additional insured to a professional liability policy.
What Other Kinds of Insurance Should You Have in Addition to Professional Liability Insurance?
Every business is unique and has different needs. So, it’s important to have other kinds of insurance to give your business well-rounded coverage. Other types of insurance you may want to consider include:
Property damage to someone’s belongings
Personal injury, like libel or slander
Pay for medical bills
Replace some lost wages
Cover ongoing care costs, like surgery or physical therapy
Data breach insurance
which some insurers call cyber insurance
, to help your business respond to a breach if personally identifiable information gets lost or stolen. This coverage can help pay to:
Notify impacted individuals
Offer credit monitoring services
Create a public relations campaign to improve your business’ reputation
How Much Does It Cost to Add Additional Insured on Professional Liability Insurance?
The cost to add an additional insured to professional liability insurance varies between insurance companies. Some insurers charge a monthly rate, like $25 a month, for additional insured endorsements. Others may have a flat rate to add an additional insured on professional liability policies.
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