If you are selling your business and/or retiring soon and you have a current Professional Indemnity Insurance Policy you should consider the need for further cover should a claim arise in the future. Professional Indemnity Run off Cover provides indemnity for unknown claims and/or circumstances that may arise from your previous business activities and during the period of Run off Insurance. It only provides cover for prior activities and does not cover any future activities after the run off date.
Run off Cover policies are commonly offered and reviewed from year to year. However, insurers are increasingly able to offer multi-year policies which can be a preferable option.
How Long Should Run off Cover be maintained?
Run off Cover should generally be held for a minimum of 12 months. However, it is important to assess your exposure based on potential risks associated to your business activities and the possibility that claims will arise.
Some industries, such as Construction and Engineering, have long tail liability so it can depend upon the Statute of Limitations legislation applying to that particular claim. In some cases, a claim can be brought in excess of 15 years after the act, error or omission occurred.
If you are unsure whether or not you are covered, it is important to seek advice from your insurance broker.
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