Being a doctor isn’t easy, but it is considered to be one of the most rewarding career paths out there.
Doctors spend many years getting the right education so that they can provide the best service to their patients.
However, this doesn’t mean doctors aren’t at risk. One wrong diagnosis can leave a medical professional in a world of pain.
Let us introduce you to Medical Malpractice Insurance. The insurance that can protect a medical professional and help a medical practice stay up-and-running in the case of a lawsuit.
Read on to understand if Medical Malpractice Insurance is right for you.
Medical Malpractice Insurance is coverage that provides legal aid and protection if a medical professional were to be sued by a patient. This can take several forms. In some cases, this insurance coverage will provide monetary assistance for a doctor to hire a lawyer. In other instances, the insurance company will provide their own “in house” lawyers to represent the policyholder. It’s also common for malpractice insurance to pay some or all of the claim if the plaintiff’s lawsuit is successful.
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In some cases, this type of insurance policy will only provide funds to the doctor if he or she is sued. The doctor must find legal counsel on their own, using these funds. Depending on how these policies are written, the lawyers will either receive payment from the insurance company directly, or the doctor will pay upfront and then be reimbursed for his or her legal expenses.
If the case is lost or a settlement is reached, malpractice insurance will pay to cover all or a portion of the award or settlement amount. This amount is dependent on the term limits that are written into the policy.
Some of these policies provide no funds for a lawyer. They are typically a good idea for doctors in situations where a backup policy or their employer will provide legal counsel. Note: a growing number of malpractice insurance policies directly provide legal counsel to their policyholders.
Those searching for nursing malpractice insurance, RN malpractice insurance, pharmacist malpractice insurance, chiropractic malpractice insurance, physician malpractice insurance or any type of insurance covering the medical field will find that Medical Malpractice Insurance companies cover all medical fields under the same insurance policy.
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Every policy of this type has different amounts of policy limits. There are several restrictions that all medical professionals considering this type of coverage should be familiar with. The individual limit is the amount that the insurance company will pay for a single claim. This typically only applies to the ultimate settlement or award amount, not the cost of counsel.
The aggregate limit is the total amount that a policy will pay during an established period of time (typically one year). This can cover multiple claims. These two limits are often written together so that a policy with a $1,000,000 individual limit and a $3,000,000 aggregate limit would be displayed as a $1M/$3M Medical Malpractice Insurance policy.
There can also be limits on the amount that is paid towards the cost of legal counsel. Since most policies simply provide their policyholders with an in-house lawyer, however, these limits are not typical.
These insurance policies can be written in several different ways, allowing them to cover a variety of situations. This type of insurance provides legal representation and money towards a settlement (if there is one). Not all policies work the same way, however. It is important to note that some medical professionals will not need to seek out their own Medical Malpractice Insurance. Instead, they will likely be covered by the policy in place for the entire business. Nurse malpractice insurance and physician assistant malpractice insurance are therefore unnecessary as individual policies.
The cost can vary significantly based on a number of issues. Policy premiums are often based on a medical professional’s previous record of malpractice cases, the geographic area he or she is practicing in, and the particular field that he or she practices in. It’s also possible for factors, such as length of employment and the history of the employer to be considered when computing premiums.
From here, premiums are then based on the total amount and type of coverage purchased. Like all insurance, higher coverage limits tend to come with higher premiums.
Medical malpractice insurance is almost always a claims-made insurance policy. What this means is that a claim must be made during a policy term while it is still active, and must not be before the retroactive date on the declarations page. An occurrence policy means that claims can only be made for incidents that happen within the policy period.
Professional Indemnity insurance is only designed to pay for financial losses that you cause to your customers. If a claim is made regarding bodily injury or property damage, this is not going to be covered. However, Medical Malpractice will certainly cover losses pertaining to injury or illness caused by your mistakes made in the provision of medical services.
Depending on the state, Medical Malpractice is required by law with differing minimum limits. It is recommended to carry at least a $1 million liability limit or more depending on your services and asset size.
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