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Errors and Omissions Insurance

Errors and omissions refer to mistakes, negligence, or discrepancies in a business’s accounting records, which can possibly be interpreted as fraud and lead to legal action. Business owners and executives have several legal and financial responsibilities that accompany their roles, and if they fail to fulfill these responsibilities by inaccurately reporting income, errors and omissions insurance will reimburse a business for problems arising from these fiduciary oversights.

As a business owner, you know how important it is to live up to your promises. Consumer trust is a key part of earning repeat business, which in turn helps to create a stronger, healthier, and more profitable company.

Errors and omissions claims have been trending higher in recent years, with multiple‑million dollar lawsuits being filed more frequently than ever before. Accordingly, most businesses need to have appropriate coverage amounts to be sure they're protected if a large claim is filed.

What E&O Insurance Covers

Policies can vary, but most forms of errors and omissions insurance cover the following. Note that some industries don't need all of the coverage mentioned below, while others may need additional coverage because of the nature of their operations. Heritage Insurance Agency agents will help you determine which coverages are best for you.

  • Claims and Damages: These are one of the major sources of potential loss that your company faces. E&O protection on claims can reimburse you for any payouts you may have to make as a result of such claims being filed.
  • Defense Costs: Whether or not you win a case, your attorney is going to expect payment. E&O insurance can reimburse you for their fees, allowing you to hire professional support without worrying that it will be too expensive for you to afford.
  • Employees, Temporary Staff, and Independent Contractors: You may be liable for the actions that anyone associated with your business takes—whether or not they're an employee. This part of the policy protects you if they make a mistake.
  • Negligence: Often considered one of the most important parts of E&O coverage, negligence coverage can reimburse you for problems like making a mistake while giving advice or failing to complete a job. Whatever the cause of the problem, ensuring you're covered will help protect your business if something goes wrong.

Errors and omissions policies payouts vary among companies depending on the possible severity of financial mishaps. If you're not sure how much of a cap your business should have in each category, call one of Heritage Insurance Agency agents today and ask them for more information. You may need to increase your policy cap as your business grows, and we can help you decide when it's time to raise the limit.

 

1. Oxford Reference, s.v. “errors and omissions,” www.oxfordreference.com/view/10.1093/oi/authority.20110803095756997?rskey=tDNztO&result=1

2. "Why Consumer Trust Is the Key to Repeat Business." The Wise Marketer. January 2005. Accessed April 18, 2016. http://www.thewisemarketer.com/features/read.asp?id=54.

3. "Claims Trends." Insurance Journal News. November 03, 2014. Accessed April 18, 2016. http://www.insurancejournal.com/magazines/features/2014/11/03/345153.htm.

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2051 Forest Avenue
Chico, CA 95928
Main office: 530-894-3276

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"We do business with Heritage Insurance Agency for the excellent, personal customer service we receive. They are there when we need them." Debbie Hobbs-Floors By Ray
Debbie Hobbs-Floors By Ray
"My experience with Heritage, formerly Wagner Insurance Agency has exceeded my very high expectations. They are courteous, knowledgeable, responsive, and genuinely interested in matching their clients with the right coverage at a very competitive price. I was attracted by their ability to meet all insurance needs under “one roof.” But when I found out they could do so while upgrading my coverage and STILL save me money, I knew I had found a special place. Kudos to Steve, Dana, and the rest of the team at Heritage for putting the customer first!" -Lawrence Fowler
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Carolina Burreson, Burreson Farms, Orland, CA
"We have been associated with Steve Mora and his family for over 30 years. Because of that personal relationship we were very comfortable in assigning to him all our insurance needs, even though separated by considerable distance. Our coverage includes auto, health, residence and several ranch properties plus an umbrella policy. In this modern age of technology our need for security and the peace of mind that goes with it has been well served by Heritage Insurance Agency." -Eve and Glenn Cherry
Eve and Glenn Cherry, Templeton, CA
Whenever you have a problem or a claim, Steve and Kelly act quickly and you will have an answer immediately. In all the years I have been with Heritage, formerly Wagner Insurance, they have been there to ensure wonderful service and that my claims are handled promptly. They always put the costumer first. I like working with Heritage Insurance because they are a versatile agency that handles all types of insurance needs from Farm, auto, commercial to health and life. - Michael Pearson P & S Farms
Michael Pearson P & S Farms
"Steve always takes the time to educate me and explain my options in a way that makes me confident that he has my best interests at heart. The personalized service you receive on the phone, or the warm welcome you experience when you walk into the office, leaves you feeling as if you are part of the family, instead of a name on a file." -Lisa Mehoff
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