What Hospitals And Medical Centers Are All About:
This industry includes general practice hospitals and specialized healthcare centers such as psychiatric and substance abuse centers, HMO medical centers, kidney dialysis centers, children’s hospitals, orthopedic hospitals, physical rehabilitation centers and various outpatient service centers that specialize in X-ray diagnostics, clinical laboratory services, and social work. These establishments specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases, illnesses and other physical and mental ailments.
What type of insurance does this industry need?
- This coverage protects physicians and other licensed health care professionals (e.g., dentists, nurses) from liability associated with wrongful practices resulting in bodily injury, medical expenses and property damage. The potential for a lawsuit is high in medical professions, and this coverage will help protect your business from the costs of damages and legal fees.
- D&O insurance provides protection to a company's directors and officers in the case that a claim is made against them, alleging wrongdoing in their role for the business. This coverage is sometimes required by new directors or officers as a condition of serving or employment because they don't want to put their personal assets at stake. Sometimes outside investors, such as venture capitalists or other banks, will also require D&O policies before providing funding.
- This policy protects your business in case of third party claims, such as bodily injury or property damage. For example, the common "slip-and-fall" claim would be covered by your General Liability policy. General Liability insurance is often considered to be the core coverage, particularly for businesses that regularly physically interact with customers or sell physical goods. In addition, many businesses have a contract, like a loan or a lease, requiring that they have this coverage.
- Workers Compensation covers an employee's lost wages and the cost of resulting medical treatment if they suffer a work-related injury or disease. It also covers services needed to help the employee recover and return to work. Workers Compensation coverage is mandatory in most states. The number of employees after which it's required differs by state, but you will generally need coverage once you have employees.
- This policy protects the business's physical assets and is appropriate whether you own or lease your space. Keep in mind that this policy will only offer protection in the case of covered events. If you need protection for certain scenarios, such as floods or earthquakes, you may need additional coverage. If you have a mortgage or a lease, you may be required to have property insurance. Even if you are not, this is the best way to protect the building you are in and the business property you have in case of a natural disaster or some other accident.
- Umbrella insurance offers excess liability protection in the case that your General Liability, Commercial Auto Liability, and/or Employer's Liability coverage is insufficient. It essentially acts as a "back-up" plan, providing additional financial protection in the case that your business faces a particularly large claim that exceeds a single policy's limits. This policy can be particularly valuable for a business that faces a variety of risks and has multiple liability policies.
- This policy covers the cost to repair or replace specific equipment damaged by a covered event (such as mechanical breakdown or electrical failure) as well as associated business costs, such as lost income that may occur due to the equipment failure. This coverage is often recommended if your business utilizes valuable equipment or relies upon the consistent functionality of equipment. For example, restaurants often rely upon the consistent functionality of refrigerators and stoves, and the loss of perishable goods could be quite costly.