4 Qualities to Consider when Evaluating a Dental Malpractice Insurance Provider from the Professional Protector Plan for Dentists(R)

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In today’s legal climate, even the finest dentist or professional is at risk of a malpractice claim. Choosing the right professional liability and business insurance program could save your practice. It is important to choose one that understands the specific malpractice risks unique to the specific field of practice and can help customize an insurance program to reduce the likelihood of a malpractice claim. Here are four qualities to look for in a liability and business insurance provider.

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“Inevitably, one in ten dentists will experience a professional liability claim within their career,” Kristin Garrison, National Marketing Manager, Professional Protector Plan for Dentists.

Excellent professional liability and business insurance coverage, knowledgeable agents, a financially strong insurance company, superior claims service and an expert risk management program, which includes continuing education courses are all qualities to look for in a dental malpractice or professional liability insurance program. The Professional Protector Plan for Dentists outlines some specific information to aide in the decision process of determining a good malpractice insurance program.

1.    Financial Ratings – One important aspect of a company is its financial rating. Several industry-recognized companies provide ratings of insurance companies. A.M. Best and Standard & Poor’s are the two major companies that issue these financial ratings. Both companies assess the financial strength and creditworthiness of risk-bearing entities and investment vehicles.
It can take years for a professional liability claim to arise, and even longer to resolve it. A client should be confident that its insurer will be a viable company and remain in business. Rated “A” excellent by A.M. Best and “A-“ by Standard & Poor’s.
2.    Risk Management Program – When selecting a malpractice insurer, be certain the insurance company has a strong risk management program in place. Sound risk management and loss control procedures can be the most effective means of preventing malpractice claims and improving claims defensibility. A medical malpractice insurance provider should provide insureds with the tools they need to incorporate sound risk management practices and decrease the probability of a malpractice claim.
3.    Quality Claim Services – Inevitably, one in ten dentists will experience a professional liability claim within their career. An even greater amount will experience an incident that could lead to a potential claim. Look for professionals experienced in managing professional liability claims - the law firms are chosen for their expertise in medical and dental professional liability defense.

4.    Specialized Agents – Professional liability insurance agents should be extensively trained to analyze a practices specific needs and stage of professional career. An agent should also be an expert in the inherent risks and exposures for a specific state or region, so they can develop a customized, quality and comprehensive insurance policy to meet your specific needs.

About the Professional Protector Plan for Dentists
Through their network of specialized agents, the PPP has been serving dentists nationwide since 1969. This comprehensive program was developed specifically for the dental practice by providing insurance protection through professional liability, general liability, employment practice liability, workers’ compensation, and property insurance products. Underwritten by CNA, rated “A” (excellent) by AM Best for financial stability, the PPP has proven to be a stable force in the dental professional liability marketplace. The plan is offered in all states. For more information Dental Professional Liability Insurance and Risk Management Services for Dentists visit us online.

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