Errors and omissions insurance or professional indemnity cover offers protection to the company and its subsidiaries against various claims which can arise in respect of negligence, errors or omissions while discharging their professional services.

Every professional, irrespective of in which domain he/she is working, should purchase errors and omissions insurance policy. While taking the policy, it is essential to pay attention towards its various terms & conditions.

Here are some of the clauses which come under errors and omissions insurance policy

  1. Operative Clause= It includes the name of the insurance company and the name of the person who has applied for the policy. It says that the insured carrying out the business/profession as stated in the policy would be indemnified on the basis of the contract. The policy witnesses that as per the terms and conditions stated in the policy, the insurer will indemnify the policyholder against legal liability to pay compensation, including expenses, fees and defence costs, anywhere in India, in accordance with the law.
  1. Insuring Clause=, The insurer would settle the claim on behalf of the policyholder for the loss arising out of professional services, which result from a claim made against the insured during the policy tenure. However, the claim would be settled only if it is reported to the insurer in writing and within the time as stated in the policy.
  1. Authorisation Clause= By accepting the policy, the insured organisation agrees to act on behalf of each insured when it comes to giving and receiving the notice of claim or termination, the premium payment and receiving of any return premiums that may become due under errors and omissions insurance policy. Here, each insured gives its consent that the insured organisation would act on their behalf.
  1. Extended Claim Reporting Clause= In case where the errors and omissions insurance policy is cancelled either by the insurer or the policyholder, the insurer would give a time-limit, which would not be more than 90 days from the date of expiry or cancellation of the Policy, provided there is no other insurance policy which is effective during this period.

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The time-limit given by the insurer can be used by the policyholder for making a claim which could not be made during the policy tenure. Here, all the claims made during the extended reporting period would be handled in the way that if they were filed on the last day of the expiry of the policy tenure and are also subject to the limits of indemnity and the terms & conditions and exceptions as stated in the policy.

  1. Policy Disputes Clause= In case any dispute arose with regards to the terms, conditions, limitations, exclusions as stated in the policy as understood and agreed by both the policyholder and the insurer, would be subject to Indian law.

Each party, i.e., policyholder and insurance company, agrees to apply to the jurisdiction of any Court in India. Further, both the parties would fulfil all the requirements of the court of jurisdiction. It also means, that all the matters which arise shall be settled in accordance with the law of such court.

Case

K.N Consultant is one of the leading consultant service providers in India. Last year, the company decided to buy errors and omissions insurance policy to get coverage in case any of its clients sue it for its actions.

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The company chose one of the insurers offering errors and omissions insurance policy and went ahead with the policy. Here the insurance policy came with an operative clause, which clearly stated the name of the insurer and insured along with terms & conditions that would be applicable. Further, there was an insuring clause, according to which the insurance company agreed to pay compensation on behalf of the insured. The insurer also agreed to pay defense costs to the policyholder. The policy dispute clause had clearly stated that any disputes would be settled in a court in India only.