Insurance for IT consultants

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Do IT consultants need insurance?

IT consultants should get professional and general liability insurance. The duties of an IT consultant like testing, building, installing, repairing or maintaining tech systems may lead to problems when working with clients who take issue with certain IT approaches or who don’t get the results they expect. Obtaining insurance for IT consultants is a great way to protect yourself while continuing to provide beneficial services to clients.

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Insurance coverage available for IT professionals

For most IT professionals, there are three main types of insurance policies worth considering, each of which provides its own unique aspects of protection to assist you in running your business as smoothly as possible. 

Professional liability insurance for IT professionals

Professional liability insurance—also called errors and omissions or E&O Insurance—provides numerous benefits to IT professionals, including coverage for personal injury (libel and slander), negligence and claims against past-rendered services, including defense costs. Although events such as fraudulent acts, property damage and bodily injury aren't covered by technology professional liability insurance, this type of insurance is very important for anyone who regularly provides professional services or advises clients.

Consider this scenario. A website designer finished a coding a new site design for an ecommerce company. The day the new site was launched, a bug in the code caused the site to crash. The site was down for three days while the problem was diagnosed and corrected. The client sued the designer for the income lost during that time. Professional liability insurance could protect your website design firm against claims of negligence and will appoint an attorney to defend you, if needed, even if you haven’t made a mistake.

When a client reacts negatively to your work, accuses you of breaching a confidentiality agreement or otherwise feels as if they or their business has been damaged in some way by the services you provide as an IT professional, you could be sued. Potential problems for professionals can come in many different forms, but you can protect yourself by getting professional liability insurance for IT consultants.

General liability insurance for IT professionals

In addition to times when IT professionals can benefit from holding professional liability insurance, there are some scenarios that are not typically covered under this type of policy. General Liability—also called commercial general liability (CGL)—covers technical consultants against property damage, claims of bodily injury and any associated medical costs.

Here’s how general liability could protect a programmer’s business. A computer programmer works from home one winter day so that he can accept a business delivery. The delivery man slips in the programmer’s icy driveway, injures his back and demands the programmer pays the hospital bills. General liability insurance can protect computer programmers against third-party claims of bodily injury, associated medical costs and property damage.

Though your property won't usually be covered under general liability insurance, damage sustained to third-party property typically will be.

Business owners policy (BOP) for IT professionals

For some professionals, a business owners policy (BOP) may make sense. BOP is a combination of general liability and business property insurance and is often used to provide coverage to small businesses with the aim of protecting valuable equipment.

A business owners policy could protect a computer programmer who, for example, spilled his coffee on his high end computer system causing irreparable damage. The business owner’s policy could cover the cost to replace the system, letting the programmer get back to work.

Why do IT professionals choose Hiscox?

At Hiscox, we understand just how much work goes into working in information technology. Whether you've opened your own business or are working as a consultant, we can help you grow your career by reducing risk with our insurance policies, allowing you to focus on what really matters—providing beneficial services to your clients.

Here are six reasons why IT consultants choose Hiscox above other providers for professional and general liability insurance:

  • Flexible payment options: We offer you the option of making monthly payments (with no additional fees) to help you manage your cash flow.
  • Tailored insurance: We specialize in businesses like yours and tailor coverage to the risks in your field.
  • Claims responsiveness: When a covered claim is reported, Hiscox will immediately assign a dedicated claims representative to assist you.
  • Coverage for contracts: Our IT professionals insurance coverage satisfies most standard contract insurance requirements.
  • Worldwide coverage: A business insured through Hiscox is covered for work done anywhere in the world, as long as the claim is filed in the U.S., a U.S. Territory or Canada.
  • Passion for service: Agents knowledgeable about your business concerns will provide you with excellent service—4.7/5 people surveyed recommended us.

Ready to learn more about how Hiscox insurance can help mitigate risk with IT professionals insurance coverage? Get a fast, free quote now and get that Hiscox confidence behind your business. If you prefer, you can call us at 1-866-283-7545 and speak with a Hiscox licensed agent, Monday – Friday, 7am – 10pm ET.

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.