Protecting you so you can help the pets in your care.
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Providing care to pets involves a variety of unique risks that are only found in the veterinary industry. With the right coverage, you can protect your clinic so you can continue offering that care.
Protect your practice so you can protect them.
The majority of pet owners consider their pets as a part of their family. So when they bring a sick or injured pet to your clinic, you face multiple risks while they remain in your care. Veterinary clinic insurance provides the coverage your business needs when facing complaints of misdiagnosis, negligence in care, pet bites and injuries, loss of medical records, and the list goes on.
The business side of veterinary clinics.
Not only do you have to face the risks mentioned above, but that doesn’t include those involved in running the business itself. Ensuring you have the right business insurance policies in place, on top of your specialty coverage, is essential. Here are some examples of the business coverages you should consider:
- Business Owners Insurance
- General Liability Insurance
- Cyber Liability Insurance
- Workers’ Compensation Insurance
- Business Auto Insurance
- Commercial Property Insurance
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Veterinary practices are susceptible to many risks, such as claims due to bodily injury, property damage, personal injury, and more.
General liability insurance is an absolute necessity for any practice. It provides broad coverage when you are deemed responsible and liable, and will also pay to defend any covered lawsuit or action, regardless of its merit. Additional limits are also available with a commercial umbrella insurance policy.
Cyber Liability Insurance
The internet has spun a whole new web of liability exposures. E-commerce, social networking, cloud storage, and other technologies bring great benefits to large and small practices alike. But with these benefits also come challenges, including protection of privacy, data, and the financial information of your customers.
Cyber liability insurance protects your practice in the event of unauthorized access to electronic data or software within your network. It also provides coverage for spreading a virus, extortion, accidental release of personal identifiable information, and resultant damage caused by a lost or stolen laptop or other mobile device. This coverage is quickly becoming more and more important as you embrace technology to help run your practice.
Veterinary Malpractice / Professional Liability
Veterinarians and licensed staff face a high risk of being sued by patients for such things as claiming a wrong diagnosis or treatment. All lawsuits must be defended, regardless of merit.
Professional liability insurance, commonly known as veterinary malpractice insurance, can help with the cost of legal expenses and other damages if a lawsuit is filed making allegations regarding errors in your work.
Business Income / Business Interruption
What would you do if a fire impacted the operation of your practice? Or what if a pipe leak caused a system outage or extended downtime? These and other events can destroy your ability to treat patients and bring in revenue, which can have a major long-term impact on the viability of your practice.
Business interruption insurance compensates you for lost income if your practice cannot operate as normal due to damage that is covered under your commercial property insurance policy, such as fire or water damage. This type of insurance covers the revenue your practice would have earned, based on your financial records, had the incident not occurred. The policy also covers continuing operating expenses such as rent, electricity, and ordinary payroll.
Many veterinary offices unknowingly underestimate the costs associated with replacing medical equipment. It’s not uncommon to find out that there is not enough coverage to replace it, and sometimes it’s already too late.
With a business owners policy (BOP), most veterinary and general office equipment is included as business personal property and would be protected in the event of a covered loss. For specialized, high-valued equipment, a separate policy may be required. Your agent can help you to make that determination.
If one of your employees receives an injury or becomes ill due to a work-related occurrence, you are required by law to have the proper coverage in place.
Workers’ compensation protects your employees in the event that a job-related injury or sickness occurs during the course of their employment. This coverage is required by law, so be sure that your practice has it.
Employment Practice Liability Insurance (EPLI)
On average, it’s estimated that three out of five businesses will be sued by their employees. While there is nothing you can do to prevent someone from filing a lawsuit, you can limit the costs of defending a legal claim with proper insurance coverage.
Obtain employment practice liability insurance (EPLI) to protect your practice and its directors, officers, and employees from alleged employment-related acts such as wrongful termination, failure to promote, discrimination, and sexual harassment.
Commercial Umbrella Policy
What happens when your practice faces a large liability loss that exceeds the basic limit of your standard policy?
A commercial umbrella insurance policy provides high limits of insurance, typically between $2,000,000 and $10,000,000. Coverage is extended over your general liability insurance, workers’ compensation, and business auto insurance. It provides a great safety net and helps ensure your practice is well protected.
If your practice hospitalizes, boards, or transports animals, you can be held responsible for any number of things that can happen to the animal while it is in your care, custody, or control.
Animal bailee provides coverages for damages arising from causes unrelated to treatment. This can include fire, theft, escape, flood, or an attack by another animal.
More and more, people are reporting practices to their state licensing bureau for any number of reasons that are not related to the care you’ve given an animal. Defending these claims often requires representation by an attorney who has specialized knowledge in this area.
Responding to complaints against your veterinary license can be very costly. License defense coverage can help cover these costs. This separate coverage is necessary because this type of complaint is separate from lawsuits covered by malpractice insurance.
Peace of mind you can count on.
When you think about your clinic being covered, you can have the same peace of mind you provide to pet owners when caring for their pets. And more than that, you can continue helping pets and their owners without having to worry about the potential risks, because you’ll have the insurance your business needs.
For more information on how specialized insurance can protect your veterinary clinic, contact us today.
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