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Professional Liability Blog

We explore and analyze current issues and relevant topics to help accountants, attorneys, architects and engineers, insurance agents and real estate brokers avoid a professional liability case.

Professional Liability Blog
November 20, 2017

A Professional’s Quick Guide to Professional Liability Insurance – Part 1 of 2

Professional liability insurance, often presented in the form of an “errors and omissions” policy, is a form of liability insurance providing coverage for claims made as a result of professional advice or services. Professionals including attorneys, accountants, engineers, architects, insurance brokers/agents, and real estate brokers/agents should maintain professional liability insurance to protect their businesses and assets. This blog entry will provide a quick, general guide to some key aspects of most professional liability insurance policies. Professionals are encouraged to refer to their own policies and seek guidance from their own insurance brokers/agents to understand the specific terms and conditions of coverage for their policies.

Professional Liability Blog
October 26, 2017

Whose Duty is it to Exercise Ordinary Care Anyway? Yours, if You Hold a License to Sell Insurance in Illinois

There’s a case from 2015 that’s worth looking at again for insurance agents in Illinois. This was the one where the Illinois Supreme Court decided that a person who has to be licensed to sell insurance in Illinois has a duty to “exercise ordinary care and skill” in renewing, procuring, binding, or placing coverage. The case was Skaperdas v. Country Cas. Ins. Co., 28 N.E.3d 747 (Ill. 2015), and the background on what led to this key decision is discussed below.