Many devastating lawsuits against professional firms are brought on the basis of a mistake by an employee. Errors such as accidentally leaving out important information from a form, failing to enter an important calendar date, misplacing a document or making an inaccurate calculation can all cause serious damage to the client, ranging from monetary loss to personal injury. Even if your firm has excellent employee training and anti-error protocols, there is no way to ensure that no mistake is ever made.
Other Policies Will Not Protect You
Some professionals, while acknowledging the seriousness of the potential consequences of a mistake, believe that resulting claims will be covered by their firm’s liability insurance. However, most general liability policies exclude professional services. Your own professional liability insurance may also not necessarily cover negligent acts or omissions by your non-professional subordinates, although your firm can still be on the hook when it comes to resulting damages.
Look for Individualized Coverage
The most effective way to protect your firm from loss due to claims based on errors and omissions is to select a dedicated Errors & Omissions policy to cover this particular scenario. Consult an insurance provider offering policies for Errors and Omissions in New Jersey to determine which is best for you. E&O policies can differ in scope and coverage, so it is important to chose the one that addresses your firm’s risks.