insurance for psychologists

why do psychologists need insurance?

Insurance for psychologist

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Professional liability insurance for psychologists is reasonably priced as psychology is considered to be a low risk category, with just 2% of psychologists are ever sued for malpractice (according to the American Psychological Association (APA). This compares with an average of 7% for all medical professionals.

The impact of a malpractice lawsuit however, can be just as devastating for psychologists as it can for any medical professional, especially a sole practitioner – Even unsuccessful lawsuits consume valuable time, energy, and they can be incredibly stressful.

Without insurance coverage, you have the added worry of the possibility of financial devastation.

The US is becoming an increasingly litigious society and both the number of claims and the awards to plaintiffs are increasing across the board.

A recent report by CNA found:

  • The cost of counselor malpractice claims has almost doubled in recent years: $7.8 million was paid over the 5-year study period, compared with $8 million paid during the previous 10 years.
  • The average total cost of a malpractice claim is $113,642.
  • 43.9% of malpractice claims involved allegations of sexual/romantic relationships.
  • The average cost of defending a license was $5,454 a 46.3% increase from 2014.
  • There was a staggering increase of 456%  in deposition assistance and record request matters since 2014.

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How much is professional liability insurance for psychologists?

Because psychologists have a lower risk of being sued than many other disciplines of medicine, professional liability coverage for psychology practices can be as low as $750/year, per psychologist, with a standard limit of $1,000,000 per occurrence. Prices can vary, depending on a number of different factors which may increase the level of risk you face, including your location and claims history.

By consulting with Westwood Insurance, you can be assured of the best cost/coverage package, as we analyze the offerings of different carriers to find the most suitable insurance coverage for you.

what types of insurance do psychologists need?

General Liability Insurance

General Liability Insurance

This is necessary for Psychologists with their own facilities. It  covers medical expenses and attorney fees resulting from bodily injuries and property damage your facility or organization could be legally responsible for.

Business owner's policy (BOP insurance)

Business owner's policy (BOP insurance)

A Business Owner’s Policy (BOP) is a comprehensive insurance package designed for Medical Professionals with small to medium-sized businesses, providing a blend of liability protection and property insurance.

Professional Liability Insurance

Professional Liability Insurance

Professional Liability Insurance overs any negligence or mistakes made by the individual Medical Professional during their practice. It differs from General Liability insurance, which covers the practice itself. 

Commercial Auto Insurance

Commercial Auto Insurance

This is relevant for Psychologists who use a vehicle for your practice-related tasks. This insurance covers you against auto accidents, theft, and other vehicle-related incidents.

Workers Compensation Insurance

Workers Compensation Insurance

Workers Compensation Insurance is usually mandated by law, to protect Psychologist practices and their employees in case of work-related injuries or illnesses.

Cyber Liability Insurance

Cyber Liability Insurance

Covers you against financial losses associated with data breaches, cyber attacks, and other cyber incidents. Insurers will usually conduct rigorous testing of your online system to fix vulnerabilities as part of this policy.

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Michael Richards, President, Westwood Insurance Group

Michael specializes in insurance for psychologists. You can call him or one of the team on the number below or fill out the form and he will get your message directly:

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General Liability Insurance

Protecting healthcare organizations against increasingly crippling litigation.

Professional Liability Insurance

Protecting medical professionals against increasingly crippling litigation.

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Protecting medical professionals against increasingly crippling litigation.

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