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Errors and Omissions Insurance Coverage

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Why do I need errors and omissions insurance coverage?

Hiscox errors and omissions insurance coverage, also known as professional liability insurance, provides protection for your professional services business from claims of negligence or failing to perform your professional duties.


Errors and omissions coverage claim examples:

Copyright Infringement

A marketing consultant is creating a slogan for a new product. By accident, they use a slogan similar to another business’s. Unknowingly, the marketing consultant may have just infringed upon the intellectual property rights of that other business. They may sue.


Errors and omissions insurance coverage could defend the marketing consultant and, if necessary pay for damages for which the business is found liable, up to the policy limits.

Negligent Acts

An  IT/technology consultant installs software changes for a client. A virus lets hackers access their customer database file because the consultant disabled the firewall in order to make the installation. The client may sue for damages, even though the consultant’s actions were unintentional.


Errors and omissions coverage could defend the IT consultant and, if necessary cover damages incurred, up to the policy limit.




        What is covered?


What is not covered?

  Bodily injury or property damage
  Fraudulent acts
  Employment matters
  False advertising
  Patents and trade secrets
  Personally identifiable information
  Other services



Your Hiscox errors and omissions insurance policy covers:


Alleged or actual negligence

Errors and omissions insurance coverage is strongly recommended to protect your business from claims alleging negligence from your professional services including failing in your "duty of care", giving incorrect advice or making mistakes.

Defense costs

Hiscox will defend you, even if the lawsuit is groundless. We even pay for supplemental expenses you incur as a result of attending an arbitration proceeding trial in the defense of a covered claim.

Personal injury (e.g., libel or slander)

Hiscox protects you against personal injury claims (e.g., libel or slander) that arise while rendering your professional services.

Copyright infringement

We customize your errors and omissions insurance coverage for the specific needs of your business. For example, if you are an IT/technology consultant, you could run the risk of being sued for allegedly infringing on software code. For most businesses in this profession, Hiscox offers up to $200,000 of coverage for damages and claims expenses for just such a situation.

Similarly, for marketing consultants, we include up to $200,000 of coverage for claims alleging the infringement of a third party’s copyrights or trademarks that may arise while rendering your professional services.

Worldwide errors and omissions insurance coverage

At Hiscox, we believe your insurance should follow you wherever your business takes you. Our E & O insurance covers claims arising from work you do anywhere in the world, as long as the claim is filed in the United States, its territories or Canada.

Temporary staff and independent contractors

Hiscox covers claims arising from business-related services completed by your employees, temporary staff and independent contractors.

Claims arising from services provided in the past

We’re one of the few insurers to cover unknown claims from services your business has performed in the past. Most errors and omissions insurance carriers will only cover your services originating from the date you purchased your first policy. Hiscox covers you even before you purchased your first E & O insurance policy (retroactive coverage).

Claims and damages

It’s better to be safe than sorry. If you lose a large claim, it can affect the financial stability of your business. Your Hiscox policy covers claims for monetary damages and non-monetary relief, including up to $250,000 of punitive damages where allowed by law.



Your Hiscox errors and omissions policy doesn’t cover:


Bodily injury or property damage


Hiscox errors and omissions insurance doesn't cover damages or claims expenses for third-party injuries (slip and falls) or damage to someone’s property. To protect your business from these risks, please see our general liability insurance coverage page.


Fraudulent acts


We won’t cover any fraudulent, dishonest or criminal acts. However, we’ll defend these actions until they’re proven to be fraudulent, dishonest or criminal by proper process in court. If this happens, we’ll kindly request that you reimburse us for those costs.


Employment matters


Your policy doesn't cover your business for claims alleging any improper employment practices committed against your employees or for any workers’ compensation claims or employer's liability claims.


False advertising


Your Hiscox E & O insurance policy does not cover you for any false advertising claims.


Patents and trade secrets


Your policy does not cover your business for any claims that allege an infringement of a patent or theft of a trade secret.


Personally identifiable information


Your errors and omissions insurance coverage policy does not cover your business’s failure to protect any personally identifiable information in its care, custody or control.


Other services


We will not cover any medical, nursing, insurance broker, legal, or actuarial services, regardless of your occupation. We will also not cover any services you perform not specified by the services endorsement attached to your policy.



Start your errors and omissions quote

Get your small business errors and omissions insurance quote online now or call one of our licensed advisors at 866-283-7545 (Monday - Friday, 8am-10pm EST). We are here to help.



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It was relatively easy to work through the application and funding process. Had looked at another carrier, and was disappointed at the complexity.

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It was easy and the agent we spoke with was very personable and knowledgeable. She made the process simple and straightforward.

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“Thank you!”
Made it very easy to obtain all I needed for my professional and personal liability insurance. Quickly got all my certifications for my different locations, couldn’t be happier

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“Easy Process and Good Pricing”
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This information is provided to assist you in understanding the coverage we offer and does not modify the terms and conditions of any insurance policy, nor does it imply that any claim is covered. Coverages are subject to underwriting and may not be available in all states.

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