Imagine for a moment – Tom is a chriopractor, who rrecently treated a patient with a spinal injury. Following treatment, the patient sued him for $50,000 claiming that he hadn’t properly evaluated the patient or suitably treated him. When it was found that he had done everything he was supposed to, the family dismissed the case, but in the end, the legal fees were $15,000. Luckily, Tom had Malpractice Insurance, which covered the defense costs and he was able to continue practicing.
As you can see from this example, Malpractice Insurance doesn’t just cover you when you’re found responsible. It makes sure you aren’t financially ruined trying to prove you aren’t responsible, as well.
Malpractice Insurance is a type of Professional Liability Insurance, which protects you against claims related to professional activities, such as treatment-related injuries, failure to deliver a service, or a misdiagnosis.
General Liability Insurance (a.k.a. CGL) only covers claims arising from physical injury to customers (e.g. slip and fall), damage to a third party’s property, or instances of libel or reputational damage. If you or a member of your practice makes a mistake and a patient files a lawsuit, your CGL won’t cover the legal fees or potential settlement.
Generally, if you provide a service or advice, as most health professionals do, you need Malpractice Insurance. It’s important to speak with an experienced broker to determine your risk. You might even be surprised to find you have risks that you didn’t know about.
It isn’t hard to picture a scenario where Malpractice Insurance comes in handy. Consider the following examples:
If you provide a service or advice, there is a chance claims can be brought against you whether they’re fair or not. Sometimes perceived bad advice or injury resulting from your actions is all it takes for someone to file a claim against you. Anyone from an acupuncturist to a chiropractor to a dental hygienist can benefit from Malpractice Insurance in Canada.
As mentioned above, speak with a dedicated broker to assess your exposure to risk and find a policy that best suits your professional needs. Healthcare is not error-proof. As a health professional in Canada, the best thing you can do for your professional well-being is protect it with Malpractice Insurance.