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 business owners in North Carolina if they or one of their employees makes a business mistake or faces an accusation of professional negligence.
North Carolina professional liability insurance can help cover:
Professional liability insurance can help pay for related costs in many types of situations, whether you made an error or a client claims that you did. For example:
Another common name for professional liability insurance is E&O, or errors and omissions insurance. North Carolina businesses may use these terms interchangeably depending on their industry.
Professional liability and E&O insurance usually provide the same coverage. However, the term E&O is favored by property managers, real estate agents and insurance agents. There is also a distinct contractor’s E&O for professionals in the construction industry.
Professional liability is the favored name for this insurance in most other sectors, including lawyers, architects and financial planners.
Most businesses in North Carolina are not required to have professional liability coverage. However, you may need this insurance to meet certain industry standards.
For example, if you intend to work on government contracts, you may be required to have a professional liability policy. Similarly, healthcare workers often need malpractice insurance, a type of professional liability coverage.
Even when it’s not required, it can be beneficial to have professional liability or E&O insurance. North Carolina business owners often choose this coverage for important protections such as:
Unexpected costs can be challenging for small businesses. With professional liability coverage, business owners may be better financially protected if they make a professional mistake or are accused of negligence.
Depending on the type of work you do and the city where you work, you may need professional liability coverage to obtain or renew some business licenses and certifications.
In some industries, it’s common for clients to require a certificate of insurance before agreeing to work with you, especially on high-cost projects. Without professional liability insurance, you may not be able to secure these contracts.
For example, professional liability insurance is required by Alliance Health for all providers in an amount not less than $1 million per occurrence and $3 million annual aggregate. Alliance is the publicly funded behavioral healthcare network for Cumberland, Durham, Johnston, Mecklenburg, Orange and Wake counties.1
Most businesses offering professional services, such as insurance agents, business consultants and accountants, choose professional liability insurance as common coverage.
However, businesses across countless industries can benefit from this type of North Carolina business insurance.
Since most businesses risk making a mistake that could cause financial harm to someone else or could potentially face accusations of wrongdoing or negligence, there can be benefits to having professional liability insurance. North Carolina businesses with this insurance coverage may be able to get help resolving these issues quickly to help protect their business and reputation.
For instance, if a property owner in Durham claims that a real estate agent made repeated mistakes on the paperwork for transitions between tenants that cost him $50,000, it can help to have real estate E&O insurance. North Carolina agents could get help to cover related expenses needed to defend themselves with this coverage.
Or, say, an architect in Greensboro has a client that alleges that a mistake the architect made in their designs led to the collapse of a stairwell and sues them for causing injuries. Professional liability insurance can help the architect cover related costs or defend against accusations.
Costs for North Carolina professional liability insurance coverage vary based on several factors, including:
AT NEXT, it’s easy to get affordable North Carolina professional liability or E&O insurance online in around 10 minutes. Our monthly premiums for this type of business insurance cost $45 or less for 52% of our U.S. customers.
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North Carolina general liability insurance can help to protect your business in a wide range of incidents or accidents. This insurance coverage can help pay for related costs if your company is blamed for causing a third-party injury or property damage.
Workers’ compensation insurance can help provide essential coverage for lost wages and medical expenses if an employee has a workplace injury. Nearly all businesses in North Carolina with at least three employees are required to carry workers’ comp insurance.2
Commercial auto insurance can help provide financial assistance to cover property damage or medical expenses if you or an employee gets in an accident while driving a company vehicle.
North Carolina requires that all vehicles carry minimum auto insurance coverage of $30,000 per person, $60,000 per accident and $25,000 for property damage.3
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.
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