Medical Malpractice insurance
Claims Made cover is the gold standard of Medical Malpractice insurance. Being covered at the time the claim is made is what’s important, especially since the claims may take place months or years after the medical error and/or omission.
Your Howden Hellas policy provides cover on a Claims Made basis. Policies provide sufficient time margins for submitting claims and the reporting requirements are not complicated. Even doctors who are retired retain their right to make a claim.
What Does Medical Malpractice Insurance cover?
Insurance policies for the medical profession vary greatly in the breadth of cover they provide. The benefits that doctors need from their insurance, all provided under your Howden Hellas policy, are:
1. Medical malpractice cover
Your Howden Hellas policy covers all elements of a malpractice claim, from the initial costs of defending the claim, amounts offered in settlement, award of damages and/or costs.
2. Cover for clinics and support staff
The legal entity that you created to house your practice and the support staff serving your patients can come under fire. Your Howden Hellas policy extends cover to your clinic and support staff, so in the event of a claim against them, cover will be available.
3. Legal representation
The quality of legal representation can be the difference between upholding your good reputation or having it tarnished. Your Howden Hellas policy covers the costs of getting a competent lawyer experienced in similar challenges.
4. Good Samaritan acts
If you need to get involved in an emergency, your insurance should be with you, standing strong, giving you the confidence to act fast. Your Howden Hellas policy covers Good Samaritan acts.
5. Libel and slander
Defending allegations of libel and slander arising from your professional practice can be expensive. Your Howden Hellas policy includes costs of defence against libel and slander.
6. Mental Injury
It’s possible to sue for mental anguish, for example in cases where there is no discernible physical injury but severe Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome.
Your Howden Hellas policy provides cover for claims involving mental injury.
7. Coroner’s Inquests
A properly prepared statement for a Coroner’s Inquest is a pre-emptive defence against later claims. Cover for the costs of preparing statements for the coroner, and legal representation if needed at an inquest, is provided by your Howden Hellas policy. Policies for the medical profession are complex and nuanced – it’s wise to engage a specialist broker to cut through complications before they become problems.
8. Public Liability Cover
Your classic ‘slips and trips’ insurance, Public Liability cover will protect your business if someone is injured in an accident on your premises and subsequently claims against you.
Who provides the cover?
To ensure that you receive the best possible support, Howden Hellas has established partnerships with the leading providers of Medical Malpractice Insurance underwriting and risk management services.
Your Howden Hellas policy is placed with highly-rated insurance companies - a strategic decision that gives our clients security and reassurance.