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Company insurance is intended to safeguard the financial assets of a business owner and is a vital investment for a family counselling service.

Company insurance is intended to safeguard the financial assets of a business owner and is a vital investment for a family counselling service.

This article will discuss the primary insurance coverage for family counselling practises, general liability insurance, as well as additional policies that are appropriate for this industry.

Family Counseling Practices Need General Liability Insurance

Every firm, regardless of sector, has risks that should be insured. General liability insurance is the most frequent and comprehensive form of coverage that company owners purchase.

General liability insurance covers the following risks:

Physical harm

Damage to property

Medical expenses

Legal defence and decision

Personal and commercial harm

While general liability insurance is not legally needed for companies, operating without it is exceedingly dangerous. If your company is sued, you might face costs in the hundreds of thousands of dollars (or more). The only way to avoid this sort of catastrophe from destroying your organisation is to have an adequate general liability insurance coverage in place to assist pay for these losses.


Example 1: While moving new office furniture into the building, one of your counsellors unintentionally drops a huge chair in the path of a passing client. The client collapses to the ground and smashes his head, necessitating quick medical treatment for a suspected concussion. The client’s medical expenditures would be covered by general liability insurance.

Example 2: Shortly after you clean up a coffee accident, an adolescent customer sprints through your lobby, stumbles on the wet floor, and sustains serious injuries. Her parents decide to file a lawsuit against your counselling firm. If necessary, general liability insurance will cover your legal bills as well as any compensation to your client.

Example 3: Your receptionist loses control of the dolly while carrying boxes of client documentation, causing considerable property damage when the dolly collides with a customer’s automobile. Your client’s automobile would be repaired under general liability insurance.

Of course, this is not an entire list of risks covered by a general liability insurance policy, and certain situations may result in a specific peril not being covered. To minimise coverage gaps, it’s always better to speak with your agent about the terms of your policy.

General Liability Insurance Cost

Family counselling practises in the United States typically pay between $400 and $700 per year for $1 million in general liability insurance.

The cost of your coverage will be determined by a number of variables. Among them are your:



Employees’ number

Per-occurrence restriction

The overall aggregate limit

You may be able to get general liability insurance at a lower cost if you buy it as part of a business owner’s policy (BOP) rather than as a separate policy. A business interruption policy (BOP) is a more complete option that covers numerous types of coverage, such as business interruption and property insurance.

Other Types of Coverage Required for Family Counseling Practices

While general liability insurance is the most crucial, there are various different types of coverage to be aware of. Other forms of insurance that every family counselling practises should have are listed below.

Insurance for Workers’ Compensation

While a counselling office isn’t the most probable site for employees to get injured on the job, most states require employers to have workers’ compensation insurance for both part-time and full-time personnel. This coverage covers your workers if they are hurt at work or get sick as a result of a workplace accident. It covers not just an employee’s medical expenditures and missed pay if they need time off to recuperate, but also any disability or death benefits resulting from a work-related accident.

Insurance for Commercial Property

Creating a secure and soothing counselling environment for your clients usually necessitates a significant initial investment. If you own the building where you do business, you are liable for any business-related property that is held there in the case of a fire, burglary, or natural catastrophe. After an accident, commercial property insurance would cover the expense of repairing or replacing office supplies, specialist furniture, and other company equipment, allowing you to recover fast.

Coverage Options for Some Family Counseling Practices

In addition to the insurance listed above, your family counselling business may need other forms of coverage based on particular features of your operations. Some of them may not apply to you, so be sure to ask your agent whether policies are appropriate for your company.

Insurance for Commercial Vehicles

Because it is customary for counsellors to offer transportation for younger children or clients with special needs, commercial car insurance is required. This coverage is required for any vehicle used mainly for business purposes in order to protect the vehicle, driver, and others on the road in the case of an accident. While most states control the minimum necessary coverage, this sometimes exposes company owners to possible litigation. As a result, seek the advice of an insurance specialist to help you decide the right coverage levels for your company.

Umbrella Insurance for Businesses

While most claims are covered by your general liability insurance policy, certain incidents or lawsuits may be so severe that they threaten to deplete the limits of your main coverage. Commercial umbrella insurance protects you from having to pay for legal expenses and awarded damages that exceed the limits of your main policy out of pocket.

Additional Security Measures for Your Company

Although investing in company insurance is simple (and necessary), it should not be your first line of defence. Yes, insurance will reimburse your company for cash losses incurred as a result of an occurrence, but it is much preferable to avoid losses altogether.

With this in mind, here are a few steps you can take to better secure your company:

Make use of legally binding contracts and other business agreements. (We provide free templates for several of the most often used legal forms.)

To safeguard your personal assets, form a limited liability company (LLC) or a corporation. (To discover how to incorporate an LLC or company in your state, see our step-by-step tutorials.)

Keep your company licences up to date.

Streamline the internal procedures of your company. This will eliminate unneeded variables from routine activities and establish a secure, consistent environment in which to do business.

If your company is an LLC, you should check into LLC insurance.