The simplest clerical error or proofreading mistake (even one made by a trainee) can cost you, especially if it results in financial loss or damage to the reputation of one of your customers. That’s why it’s important to understand the extent of your business liability insurance since it only protects your operation against bodily injury, property damage, or advertising injury.
But what happens when you, one of your employees, or a vendor fails to catch something that your customer doesn’t miss, and they hold you responsible? They can not only refuse to pay, they may also sue you for damages.
It’s not about your professionalism, training, or years of experience. It’s about human nature. Mistakes happen to the best of us, no matter how experienced. But with an errors and omissions (E&O) insurance policy, you’ll enjoy specialized liability protection against losses not covered by traditional business insurance.
If you’re in an industry where it’s possible for a service to be done incorrectly or late, and it costs your client money or harms their reputation, you need to invest in E&O.
There are two primary categories of health insurance for small business owners and self-employed persons to choose from:
Errors and omissions protects you from claims in the event a customer or client sues your service business for negligent acts, errors or omissions occurring during business activities, and which could potentially result in a financial loss for the client.
Errors and omissions insurance policies usually cover the business owner, both salaried and hourly employees, and subcontractors working on behalf of the business.
Errors and omissions insurance can be customized to meet your specific needs, no matter what your business or industry. Real estate agents face different risks than printing companies, but both have potential to impact their customers' lives and livelihoods if a mistake occurs.
Errors and omissions insurance needs to be purchased prior to beginning a project or ahead of a product launch.
You may think that you are covered from these risks by your general liability insurance policy but it typically does not cover contract performance, errors or disputes.
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