Drones and the City

Drones seem to be everywhere in our lives, and they are beginning to make their way into the professional setting for architects and engineers as well.  That is, it’s emerging in some cities while others are a bit slower to change for several reasons.  New York City is one of those cities slow to embrace this change as reported by the Wall Street Journal.  The path to legalizing drone use within the city has been 18 ...

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Do You Ever Hire Professional Subconsultants? Here are Some Tips:

 

If you retain subconsultants, you should make sure they have insurance, ideally at the same limits of liability that you maintain. It’s a good idea to also get into the habit of requesting proof of that coverage at least once a year. Here’s why:

  • If you were brought into a claim for professional negligence that is wholly or partly the fault of your sub, it would be good to know that your sub had professional liability at some ...
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A Day on the Water with RLI Insurance

 

We had a wonderful time this week with our team from RLI Insurance! Vince Costello, the Design Professionals program manager; Barb Sable, the Assistant Vice President of the Professional Services Group; Jeff Varallo, our Professional Liability Underwriter; and Kelly Looft, our Property & Casualty underwriter, all made the trek from PA and DC to spend a day on the water with us in the historic Thimble Islands located in Branford, CT.

RLI began writing professional liability for architects ...

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Are you Fully Covered?

 

As a design professional, you should know about different coverages that exist. Below is a list of important policies that we’d like you to consider:

Cyber Liability: What if your system gets hit by Ransomware, a type of virus that encrypts your firms’ data and a ransom to be paid in Bitcoins is demanded by the hackers? This happened to atleast three of our clients in 2016, and a few more since then. Just about ...

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A Visit with Beazley Insurance

 

 

We are all smiles whenever Debbie Wiechardt from Beazley visits! Beazley Insurance is a Lloyds of London syndicate that began in 1986, and they have been writing insurance for architects & engineers ever since. Beazley USA was established in 2004, and in 2005 became the first Lloyds of London syndicate ever to open an American office. Maloney & ...

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2018 Contract Review Guide

One of Maloney & Company’s commitments to our architect and engineer clients is to give them advice and suggestions on managing the risk they take on when providing design services. Among many risk management tips and suggestions, our clients receive a 10 page Contract Review Guide, updated annually.

Within the Contract Review Guide, we address questions like:

Q: What if I don’t sign the contract my client gave me? Or if my client doesn’t sign the ...

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Starting a Design Office?

 

Architects and engineers planning to start their own firms will ask us about insurance for the new venture. Typically, small firms start with one or more of these three types of policies:

 

1) Professional Liability Policy

This type of policy pays for legal fees and damage awards connected to an A/E’s design work. This coverage is important because an architect or engineer is personally liable for his or her professional services. There is no way to organize or incorporate ...

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Site Safety

By Michael J. Maloney

 

There are two sure-fire ways to get tagged with liability for site safety:

  1. Assume site safety responsibility in your contract with the owner, or
  2. Assume site safety responsibility by your behavior on the jobsite.

Option 1 is pretty clear cut, and is easy enough to avoid.  But you and your employees should be on your guard against Option 2.  If your contract specifically excludes site safety responsibility (as ...

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Joining Forces with Attorney Kevin Godbout

This week, Maloney & Company, LLC caught up with Attorney Kevin Godbout!

Attorney Godbout has been recognized by Super Lawyers and has been named to the 2016 Connecticut Super Lawyers in the practice area of Professional Liability: Defense. He has also been rated AV-Preeminent by his peers through Martindale-Hubbell. The account managers at Maloney & Company, LLC frequently meet with Attorney Godbout to discuss trends in the A&E industry and new risk management techniques. This week, the statute ...

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When Clients Ask to Be Added to Your Policy:

First Question: What Status Do They Want?

Additional Named Insured: this status is never given to a client, nor would a client ever want this status if he or she realized the implications. A Named Insured under the policy receives the full scope of protection under the policy, so it is appropriate only for the design firm and any related companies. If a client is a Named Insured, they could be held responsible for premiums, they could cancel the ...

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