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2 kinds of insurance that may help after a professional’s failure

On Behalf of | Mar 15, 2023 | Professional Negligence

Businesses that hire specialists or outsource components of key projects put a lot of trust in professionals. Whether a company pays contractors to fix an addition onto their office building or hires an accountant to manage their tax filings, there is an expectation that a professional will meet certain basic standards when providing services.

Most established and licensed professions have basic standards, including educational requirements and best practices that professionals are obliged to follow. Sadly, not everyone who works in a skilled or educated profession meets the standards set for their industry.

Organizations that have been harmed by a professional’s failings may suffer significant financial setbacks. A claim against the professional could potentially lead to compensation, possibly from an insurance policy. What kinds of insurance would apply if a professional doesn’t do their job appropriately well?

1. Malpractice insurance

When people think of malpractice insurance, they often think of the medical industry. Many doctors and even dentists carry specialized malpractice insurance. Those that do not likely work for a business that provides malpractice insurance to all of its licensed employees.

Lawyers and other licensed professionals may also carry malpractice coverage. Malpractice insurance can help settle claims that result from life-altering professional failures, like an error during surgery or a conflict of interest that compromises someone’s legal representation.

2. Errors and omissions insurance

Many professionals involved in finance-adjacent careers, like accountants and real estate agents, provide guidance and fill out paperwork on behalf of their clients. The mistakes that they make could have a major bearing on the success of a transaction or the decisions that a business makes.

Bad guidance from a real estate agent or accounting mistakes that lead to an audit could potentially result in someone making a claim against errors and omissions insurance coverage. Often, payouts from such insurance will require at least the filing of a lawsuit, if not successful litigation in civil court.

Insurance attorneys may negotiate a settlement before the lawsuit actually goes to court in many cases. Oftentimes, the professional or the company that employs them will not pay for such claims directly because insurance covers the losses a client suffers. Recognizing when a professional has failed in their duties can potentially lead to business litigation that may ultimately compensate a business for that professional’s failings.