Professional Liability Risk Advisors

Managing Risk By Maintaining Crime Insurance

There are many areas in a business that create risk and unnecessary exposures to crime, either internally or from outside forces. By managing these problem areas a business owner can help to greatly reduce some costly concerns and therefore save his or her company an exorbitant amount of money. Crime is one of those things that every company must be aware of. Whether employees are stealing from you, or thieves, shoplifters and burglars are the culprits behind these losses, crime insurance is the most valuable solution to stem the tide of losses.

Taking adequate security measures can pay dividends

In order to avoid risk, a company must determine just what those risks are. Here are some ways in which a business can assess their risk and also determine ways to prevent unfortunate losses from occurring:

  • Installing adequate devices to control unauthorized entry onto the premises
  • Have a burglar alarm that reports to a central station or a constantly attended monitoring facility
  • Have adequate fencing and gates around the building and parking areas
  • Provide adequate exterior and interior lighting, and
  • Have adequate door and window locks and control access to premises by physical barriers and/or surveillance

Beyond this, you may also wish to require the use of company ID badges, have appropriate visitor sign-in sheets and escort procedures, have check-in and check-out procedures, and an inventory control system in place.

Your accounting department should also be closely monitored. It might be preferable if a single person oversees cash, bank deposits and inventory. Instruct the person in charge to make cash deposits frequently in order to limit the amount of cash on hand. You might also be better off if billing is independently reconciled to ensure proper charges, credits and refunds are administered.

Protection from Theft

Employees should be properly trained to handle situations involving theft and fraud.

Train staff to recognize shoplifting risks and also on the proper way to respond when a situation unfolds. They should be trained to recognize counterfeit currency, determine credit card validity, and report acts of vandalism or theft committed by employees, visitors, vendors, or contractors.

By better managing the premises through security measures, overseeing accounting practices and ensuring that deposits are regularly scheduled, a company can make great strides in reducing risk and avoiding losses that will increase crime insurance premiums.

Attorney Professional Liability Insurance in Austin, TX

Attorney Professional Liability Insurance in Austin, TX is vital for those times when, for any number of reasons, a relationship between you and a client turns sour. When this is in fact the case, while you may hope for a peaceful resolution, it may end with an unsatisfied client and litigation is likely to be pursued. A couple of common issues that often develop are a situation where you may decide to withdraw for certain reasons, or the relationship between you and your client breaks down to the point where you both decide to part ways. In either case, this is the time when your professional liability policy will come into play.

Have you provided your client with good service?

Perhaps no professional shortcoming is more widely resented than procrastination. A client’s interests can often be adversely affected by the passage of time or any change of conditions. For example, if you were to overlook a statute of limitations your client’s legal position may be jeopardized and this could result in them bringing a claim against you. Even when your client’s interests are not affected in substance, any unreasonable delay may cause your client needless anxiety and undermine their confidence in you.

Unless either party terminates the relationship you should carry through to conclusion all matters undertaken for a client. Once the matter has been resolved the relationship naturally terminates. The client may assume that you will continue to serve on a continuing basis unless you give notice of withdrawal. Any doubt about whether a client-lawyer relationship exists should be clarified by you in writing so that your client will not mistakenly suppose that you are looking after his or her affairs when in fact you have ceased to do so.

Whenever a representation is terminated, whether by the lawyer or the client, the lawyer still has certain responsibilities to consider. A lawyer must take steps, to the extent reasonably practicable, to protect the client’s interest, including giving reasonable notice, allowing time for the client to engage other counsel, surrendering papers and property to which the client is entitled, and refunding any unearned retainer.

These are the times when every attorney can benefit from having Professional Liability Insurance in Austin, TX. Speak to an agent with any questions or concerns pertaining to this coverage.

Misuse of Products and California Product Liability Insurance

As a manufacturer, you need to do everything necessary to protect your company against product liability claims. Ensuring that proper processes are in place and identifying problem areas can go a long way towards providing protection for your company, but it’s certainly not enough. If consumers claim that there is a product liability issue with an item you produce you’re going to need California product liability insurance to fight those claims, or otherwise pay for any damages incurred.

State laws help determine what constitutes product liability

In certain states, the law requires that the product be properly packaged or labeled to give reasonable warnings of dangers about the product and/or to give completed instructions on proper use of said product. A company has the right to defend against this type of claim if, for instance, the injury was caused by misuse by the consumer. This is provided that you manufactured the product according to standards set by state and federal law.

As an example, let’s say your company produces a product that is intended only for a particular use, but a consumer who purchased your product used it in a way in which it was not intend and was injured. How do you now protect your company against this type of claim? Manufacturers can protect themselves against claims of this nature by developing a process to regularly monitor and update product labels and always provide instructions that clearly state the intended use by the consumer. In addition to carrying California product liability insurance you should go to some lengths to determine in what ways you can limit your risk.

Manufacturers can also protect themselves against this type of claim by developing a process to record the specifications of each product before shipping to an OEM. This process allows the manufacturer to easily reference the state of the product when it was delivered to the OEM. Your company can limit or avoid exposure to this claim if the injury was caused by a modification or alteration to the product made after it was delivered to the initial customer.

Protecting Your Staff with Workers Compensation Programs

You know that the stakes are awfully high for workers in nursing homes simply for the fact that they face the risk of injury due to all of the strenuous duties and tasks they perform every day. These injuries can often be the result of activities performed in their regular service to patients residing at their facility.

Various nursing home Workers Compensation Programs allow you to provide insurance to your clients that face the concern of losing staff to injuries, sometimes severe enough that they may miss work for weeks or even months. This coverage is not only mandatory, but it provides the type of financial and medical support those injured individuals will rely on during their recuperation and, with any luck, a subsequent return to the workplace.

Types of injuries covered by workers comp insurance

Provided that the injury occurs at work, or while on the job, most are covered under any standard workers comp claim. Musculoskeletal injuries are rather common, and these can often occur as a result of a simple slip and fall accident. For example, falling on a floor that was recently mopped can lead to sprained ankles, torn muscles, and even bruised tendons.

Nurses and other staff responsible for carrying residents, often in a fragile state and especially at awkward angles, can easily become injured. Such activities can result in back strains, herniated discs, and over-extension of certain muscles, plus there is the additional risk for major back problems and other musculoskeletal problems.

Exposure to pathogens and other infectious agents

The American Nursing Association estimates that as many as two out of three nurses report being accidentally stuck with needles at work. This raises concerns about the possibility that a syringe that may contain viruses, bacteria, or other pathogens could puncture the skin, and this could quite possibly put that nurse at risk for serious illness. Nurses are also asked to handle biological waste, as well as perform work with medicines and chemicals that could cause an adverse reaction.

There are also concerns about psychological issues developing. This could be due to long hours, lack of natural sunlight at some facilities, and even poor eating habits, all of which could produce any number of psychological ailments, including anxiety, depression, eating disorders, and even problems related to sleeping.

Therefore your clients operating nursing homes need the valuable protection of Workers Compensation Programs to deal with all types of issues related to the health of their staff.

Professional Liability Risk Advisors Can Help Aid Architects

The fact remains that we live in a very litigious society and it is the job of professional liability risk advisors to make architects aware of the risks they face and suggest coverage to protect their financial interests. Lawsuits are filed every day in every part of the country and it’s quite possible that a person could receive a demand letter or be named in a lawsuit concerning their professional services as an architect.

 

Understanding and becoming familiar with the most common types of claims made against insureds may help in recognizing and hopefully avoiding getting caught up in similar situations. The most common claims made against architects include breach of contract, negligence, and bodily injury and property damage.

 

Architects are inherently burdened with risk and liability for the services they provide. As licensed professionals they are legally responsible for structures they have designed. However, there are times when a project could go awry, which is why professional liability insurance is needed. Should an error or omission in the design process occur, a client could sue if there are damages. The professional liability policy will respond in this case both with defense coverage and indemnification if the architect is found liable.

 

Generally, the courts generally look to whether the architect owed a duty to the individual suffering damages and whether or not they breached that duty, causing all or a portion of the loss.

 

Having sufficient insurance coverage will protect the individual employed architect

The firm’s professional liability insurance policy should provide adequate protection for the firm, principals, employees, etc. However, in the event that a potentially greater risk or exposure exists, due to the nature of the work and other risk management considerations, the firm may wish to consider increasing its maximum limits of coverage. Professional liability risk advisors can be valuable in assessing how much exposure may actually exist based on the scope of the work being performed and how much coverage is required.