When it comes to insurance, cutting costs without determining the risks can leave your design firm vulnerable. In a recent IA Magazine article called Are Your A&E Clients Cutting Coverage Corners?, editor Jacquelyn Connelly outlines three crucial “coverage developments” pertinent to architects and engineers:
- Cyber liability
- Design-build contracts
- Stricter insurance requirements
These categories are rapidly changing and expanding. Knowing where the risk comes from isn’t always clear. Design firms, especially a small ones, can easily underestimate their exposure. Connelly quotes Barbara Sable, assistant vice president of the RLI Design Professionals Program (an a/e ProNet sponsor):
“Even the smallest of A&E firms—which often are buying insurance because they’re contractually obligated to, not because they perceive any real exposure—can be in the wrong place at the wrong time. For example, a small A&E firm may be responsible for the maintenance of traffic on roadways or bridges. In the event of an accident, “they may be one of the deepest pockets available associated with that crash.”
We encourage you to read the full article and consider your own firm’s professional liability coverage today. If you have questions about whether your limits are adequate, be sure to contact your local a/e ProNet broker and ask. That’s what we’re here for.