Veterinarians dedicate themselves to the care of beloved pets. It's a rewarding profession, but it can also be an unpredictable one. Business insurance will protect your practice from injuries to others and property damage. Having coverage provides peace of mind while you heal sick and injured animals.
What Insurance Policies Benefit Veterinarians?
1. General Liability
Slips, trips, and falls are some of the most common sources of claims filed against veterinarians. General liability business insurance will help pay for the medical bills of those injured.
A veterinary practice may experience unexpected situations. For instance, a dog in the waiting room might become agitated and bite someone. While the incident wasn't the veterinarian's fault, the bite occurred on their property. The victim may file lawsuits against the dog's owner, the vet, or their staff. A liability plan will provide the necessary coverage.
2. Business Property
Property insurance protects the outer structure and interior of the office. It includes items like computers, diagnostic equipment, and exam tables. What equipment is covered is dependent on the plan. However, nearly all plans cover the most common sources of damage, like fire, theft, and vandalism.
Many veterinarians also choose to expand their policy to cover storm damage. Even if you're renting the building, the plan will cover equipment related to the practice.
Some providers offer Business Owners Policy (BOP) plans. They bundle general liability and business plans together, which can save you money. Check with an insurance agent to make sure the plan provides sufficient coverage.
3. Professional Liability
Professional liability covers veterinarians who are sued for alleged negligence or mistakes in treating pets or advising their owners. It also protects veterinarians from accidents. For example, a pet on the examining table might become frightened and jump, injuring themselves. Having insurance will help cover any suits filed by their owner.
4. Equipment Breakdown
From phones to x-ray machines, a veterinary practice relies on smoothly running technology. An equipment breakdown plan can cover repairs, lost income, and related costs incurred due to malfunctioning tech.
Computers store valuable personal information, including the addresses and financial details of clients. If a data breach occurs, the practice can be held liable for identity theft suits that equipment breakdown insurance will protect against.
A data compromise coverage plan can be added to the equipment repair plan. The insurance reimburses you for costs related to the breach. It also offers assistance with credit-monitoring services, and will help with the recovery of damaged data.
You worked hard to become a veterinarian. Now that you have your own practice, it's time to protect it with business insurance. For over 20 years, Russell Insurance Agency has provided comprehensive plans at affordable rates. Knowing that each business has different needs, their agents work with clients to develop customized packages to ensure they only pay for the insurance they need. For testimonials on the company’s excellent service, visit their website. If you're in the Robertsdale, AL, area, schedule a consultation at (251) 947-3607.