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Medical Professionals: A Common Target for Opportunists

The simple fact is that we live in an increasingly litigious society. Just like the rest of us, attorneys are out trying to make a living in a tough economy. What 20 years ago might have been passed over as an innocent oversight or a common occurrence, now represents an opportunity to hold somebody personally liable. Frivolous or opportunistic lawsuits are a legitimate concern for most of us, but they are also a significantly growing concern for medical professionals.

Most medical professionals carry malpractice insurance policies with professional liability coverage, or the hospitals and care centers that they work for have policies that cover professional errors or actions while on the job. But what about personal liability claims against medical professionals: sexual harassment and molestation claims, acts that can be construed as off-duty care, or the myriad of frivolous claims that can be made by patients against their caregivers that fall outside of traditional insurance coverage? Here are a few examples to consider:

What happens when a frivolous or opportunistic claim falls categorically into the exclusions in a medical professional’s traditional policies? Worse yet, what happens when the employer holds the employed medical professional personally liable for actions or decisions that have resulted in frivolous claims? In fact, it has become increasingly common for opportunistic attorneys to seek liability and damages from businesses and individuals to maximize client benefit from a claim.

XINSURANCE solutions are designed to provide supplemental coverage that protects medical professionals from personal and individual professional liability – including coverage for legal defense when claims are ill-conceived or frivolous. The XINSURANCE underwriting process helps medical professionals (including physicians, nurses, therapists, technicians, paramedics and other EMS staff) identify the activities they engage in that could expose them to legal risk. For more information, follow this link.

Rick LindseyAuthored by Rick J. Lindsey, President, Chairman, and CEO of XINSURANCE

Rick J. Lindsey hails from Salt Lake City, Utah. He began working in the mailroom of his father’s Salt Lake City insurance firm, getting his introduction to the business that became his lifelong career. Rick J. Lindsey quickly rose through the ranks while working in nearly every imaginable insurance industry job. As an entrepreneur, specialty lines underwriter, claims specialist, risk manager, and a licensed surplus lines broker, Rick J. Lindsey is highly skilled in all levels of leadership and execution. As he progressed on his career path, Rick J. Lindsey discovered an urgent need for insurers willing to write policies for high-risk individuals and businesses. He was frequently frustrated that he could not provide the liability protection these entities desperately needed to safeguard their assets. He also formed the belief that insurance companies acted too quickly to settle frivolous claims. Rick J. Lindsey decided to try a different approach. He started an insurance company and became the newly formed entity’s CEO. This opportunity has enabled Rick J. Lindsey to fill a void in the market and provide a valuable service to businesses, individuals, and insurance agents who write high-risk business. XINSURANCE also specializes in helping individuals and businesses who live a lifestyle or participate in activities that make them difficult for traditional carriers to insure. If you’ve been denied, non-renewed, or canceled coverage, don’t give up quite yet. Chances are XINSURANCE can help.