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Value-Added SmartRisk® Services Can Avoid Liability Claims and Reduce Risks for Insureds

As part of our AdmiralPro Delta® Design coverage, we provide all policyholders with free Risk Management and loss Control Support.   SmartRisk®, a leading, independent risk performance consultancy for design professionals, provides these services and a firm-specific risk assessment called an SR Risk Profile®.   

By analyzing more than 25 years of data and 25,000 professional liability claims against architects, engineers, general contractors, and other service providers,  SmartRisk has created a series of value-added services that don’t just benefit insurance underwriters and their brokers, but also the clients they serve. These services, provided free of cost to Admiral professional liability policyholders, have proactively helped hundreds of firms reduce their claims exposure.

How the SmartRisk Risk Profile Survey Benefits Insureds

When an insured fills out the SmartRisk Risk Profile Survey, it helps to identify potential risk factors more accurately, allowing Admiral and its brokers to avoid premium leakage while giving the best quote possible. But it also creates a tool to help clients reduce liability exposure and improve risk management protocols.

Using insights gleaned from the survey, SmartRisk can provide customized feedback tailored to each client based on their size, business portfolio, and other key factors in the form of a SmartRisk Risk Management Action Plan.  By offering clients insight into potential vulnerabilities, outlining best practices, and recommending changes to risk management protocols, SmartRisk can help insureds avoid costly claims and ultimately reduce their premiums.

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 Free SmartRisk Contract Reviews

In addition to a personalized risk management assessment and action plan, architects, engineers, and contractors with professional liability insurance through Admiral can get free contract reviews from SmartRisk. This is an especially valuable service for smaller businesses that may not have in-house counsel. Some of the key contract provisions that SmartRisk professionals review to help limit liability exposure include:

  • Indemnity
  • Warranties and guarantees
  • Standards of care

SmartRisk Consulting and Risk Management Educational Resources

 If an insured is seeking loss prevention assistance, has questions about implementing new risk management protocols, or needs a contract review, SmartRisk offers free virtual and in some cases, in-person consulting for its professional liability insurance policyholders and provides newsletters, webinars, and other educational resources to help insureds better manage their risks. Some of the topics covered include:

  • Project & client selection
  • Contracts
  • Effective communication and documentation
  • Risk management training for employees    

For more helpful tips on minimizing professional liability exposure, check out the SmartRisk Newsletter.

 Admiral Insurance Group is a leading provider of professional liability insurance for architects and engineers, and is known for its expertise in the liability associated with changing laws and technology.

If you are a retail agent or broker with clients in the architecture and engineering industry, we encourage you to connect with one of our wholesale broker partners.

 Products and services described above are provided through various surplus lines insurance company subsidiaries of W. R. Berkley Corporation and offered through licensed surplus lines brokers. Not all products and services may be available in all jurisdictions, and the coverage provided by any insurer is subject to the actual terms and conditions of the policies issued. Surplus lines insurance carriers do not generally participate in state guaranty funds and insureds are therefore not protected by such funds.

Matt Thomas

Written by Matt Thomas

Matt has 18 years of experience in Professional Liability insurance. As Vice President at Admiral Insurance Group, he leads a talented team out of Seattle, WA, responsible for underwriting Professional Liability insurance for the E&S sector. Matt also serves as the product lead for Admiral’s A&E and Contractor's Professional Liability practice. He loves being active with his family in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

Topics: architects and engineers, smartrisk


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