General contractors require different insurances such as builder’s risk, tools and equipment, and commercial general liability due to unclear roles with design firms, resulting in increased risks.
Design-build method raises professional liability exposure.
Lack of professional liability coverage can lead to expensive mistakes or lawsuits.
Errors and omissions insurance safeguards contractors and hired professionals from job-related losses such as delays, budget overruns, and injuries or property damage caused by negligence, protecting against errors in the process.
Why Contractor’s Professional Liability Insurance Matters
Contractors, whether in plumbing, electrical, building, or general work, must uphold high standards.
Failing to do so can lead to liability for negligence.
Unlike general liability insurance for accidents, professional liability covers claims of negligence or subpar work causing financial loss for customers.
It’s vital for design-build, general, or artisan contractors who offer professional services for a fee.
Legal defense costs can rise rapidly in lawsuits, even if you’re ultimately not held liable.
Five Tips for Avoiding Professional Liability Disputes
Here are five ways contractors can be proactive and prevent a professional liability claim:
Have a written contract
Avoid verbal agreements; insist on written contracts with timelines, service scope, and complaint resolution procedures.
Regular email communication with customers maintains a documented record, aids in meeting deadlines, and prevents minor issues from escalating.
Have planned milestones
Include short-term goals in your plan to stay on track for timely project completion. Share them with customers for prompt corrections if needed.
Adhere to industry best practices
In addition to following the laws and regulations you are required to in your province, stick with adhering to industry best practices to ensure you meet the expected standard of care.
Review your insurance policy
Certainly, carefully examine your professional liability insurance policy, its limits, and exclusions before starting any project.
Make sure you have sufficient coverage for all project risks. If unsure, consult a licensed broker for guidance.
T Bag is an insurance expert with a degree in actuarial science from the University of Hartford. He has over 10 years of experience in risk management, product development, and pricing. He is a certified actuary and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries. He is passionate about helping clients find the best insurance solutions for their needs and goals. He is looking for new opportunities in the insurance field.