A client or customer accuses you of making a professional mistake that costs them money.
Someone claims your inaction or wrongdoing caused a financial loss or personal harm.
Someone accuses you of providing inaccurate information with your services.
You need to hire a lawyer to defend your business after you are accused of making a professional mistake.
Professional liability insurance can help protect Colorado small businesses if the owner or their employees are accused of negligence or make a professional error.
Professional liability insurance can help cover:
Whether you made an error or a customer claims that you did, professional liability insurance may help cover associated costs in many different situations. For example:
Another name for professional liability insurance is errors and omissions insurance, or E&O.
These terms are commonly used interchangeably. They usually refer to the same coverage, but which term is used varies by industry. Errors and omissions or E&O is used primarily by insurance agents, real estate agents and property managers. There is also a contractor’s E&O option for construction professionals.
Most other professions call this insurance professional liability, including accountants, consultants, engineers, lawyers and medical professionals.
Most businesses in Colorado are not legally required to have professional liability insurance. However, this coverage is sometimes necessary to adhere to professional standards in certain industries.
For example, businesses seeking Colorado state or local government contracts may need professional liability coverage. Another common example is malpractice insurance. If you’re a healthcare provider, your employer may require you to have this type of professional liability insurance.
Colorado businesses can benefit from having professional liability insurance even when it’s not required. Business owners often choose this coverage for these reasons:
With Colorado errors and omissions insurance, small businesses may be better protected financially if they make a professional mistake or face accusations of negligence.
Depending on your industry, your clients may require a certificate of insurance before agreeing to work with you, especially on high-value projects. Without E&O insurance, Colorado businesses may miss out on potential jobs.
You may need a valid professional liability insurance policy to obtain certain business licenses or certifications.
For example, to obtain or renew a real estate license in Colorado, you must have real estate E&O insurance. Colorado allows companies with more than one broker to be covered under an umbrella E&O policy. However, terminating employment with that firm may result in the need to purchase an individual policy.1
Many types of businesses offering professional services, such as financial advisors, contractors and real estate, choose professional liability as professional liability as common insurance coverage.
However, businesses in other industries can also benefit from this type of Colorado business insurance.
Any business that runs the risk of making a mistake that could hurt someone financially or has the potential to face accusations of negligence or wrongdoing could benefit from professional liability or errors and omissions insurance. Colorado business owners may choose this coverage to help protect their reputations and resolve conflicts quickly.
For example, a client alleges that a mistake you made in your architectural designs led to the collapse of a stairwell and sues you for causing injuries. Professional liability insurance can help cover related costs to rectify the problem.
Likewise, suppose a client sues an accountant in Lakewood for using copyrighted material in their advertisements. In that case, professional liability insurance could help cover related expenses or the cost of defending against the accusation.
Several factors influence the cost of Colorado E&O insurance or professional liability insurance, including:
At NEXT Insurance, it’s easy to get affordable Colorado professional liability insurance or E&O insurance online in approximately 10 minutes. Monthly premiums for this business insurance coverage cost $45 or less for 52% of our U.S. customers
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Colorado general liability insurance can help protect your business from financial losses after a covered accident or mistake. If someone accuses your business of causing an injury or property damage, you may be able to submit a claim to cover the damages.
Workers’ compensation insurance in Colorado is required for all businesses with at least one employee. This insurance can help cover lost wages and medical expenses if an employee has a work-related injury.
Commercial auto insurance can help pay for costs such as medical expenses and property damage if you or one of your employees gets into an accident while driving a company vehicle.
In Colorado, all vehicles must have minimum auto insurance coverage of $25,000 per person, $50,000 per accident and $15,000 for property damage.2
Commercial property insurance can help protect physical business assets such as inventory, furniture, commercial structures and equipment. With this insurance, Colorado business owners may be able to submit a claim after a covered event to pay for repairs or replacements.
Business insurance is divided into different policies. We offer seven types so it's easy to design the coverage that fits your business.