If you’re ever confronted with potentially catastrophic litigation, your company’s survival and your own financial security could depend on whether or not you have Errors and Omissions coverage.
Errors and Omissions insurance, also known as Professional Liability insurance, is a fundamental safeguard for your IT business. Errors and Omissions insurance protects your business if a client alleges that your company was professionally negligent or failed to perform professional duties.
Why Do I Need Errors and Omissions or Malpractice Insurance?
Errors and Omissions insurance protects your technology company from professional liability risks that can drain your company’s bank account and tie up your human resources for years.
Your small technology business may be as vulnerable to errors and omissions lawsuits as a massive software giant or multinational hardware producer. From catastrophic software crashes to network failures that shut down a client company’s business for hours, unexpected technology failures or all-too-human oversights can result in a lawsuit.
If you’re sued, you don’t want to be without Errors and Omissions insurance. Why? Because Errors and Omissions insurance protects you and your business from the potentially disastrous costs of fighting your case in court. Without Errors and Omissions coverage, the high cost of a legal defense could put you out of business.
Protect Yourself Now from Legal Unknowns
Errors and Omissions insurance is particularly important for technology professionals because their industry is still relatively new. There are few established precedents for computer consulting and contracting law, and as more cases wind their way through the courts, tort laws governing technology contracts continue to evolve.
Courts are still defining the various types of computer professionals and the expectations related to technology services and contracts. What may not be actionable today could result in huge court awards next year. Errors and Omissions insurance protects you from new legal threats, so you never have to worry that work you do today could result in a devastating lawsuit months from now.
Some of your clients may require that you and your subcontractors carry Errors and Omissions insurance. Many computer consulting companies also require their subcontractors (generally those workers receiving a 1099 instead of a W-2 at the end of the year) to carry Errors and Omissions insurance. If a client sues the technology firm for a perceived error or omission, even if the problem occurs months after the initial consulting activities, both the consulting firm and subcontractors can be held liable. The right kind of Errors and Omissions insurance can protect both parties.