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Designers and contractors professional liability

Protection for construction professionals 

Design-build contractors rely on experience, industry best practices, and a deep commitment to quality to succeed on their projects. But as the design and construction phases of projects become more integrated, design-build contractors need the right coverage to protect against professional liability exposures that come with this type of work.  

Designers and contractors professional liability (DCPL) solutions from Ironshore help protect design-build contractors against legal, financial, and reputational risk arising from their construction projects 

A protective partnership 

Solutions for complex risks   

Design-build contractors shoulder many responsibilities, from initial client meetings and document production to completing construction within the allocated time and budget. With so many moving parts, even simple projects can expose contractors to an array of liability risks – and to claims that can damage finances and reputation.  

Our DCPL solutions can help provide this protection, with coverage options including: 

  • Primary limits: $10M for risks with less than $500M gross revenue and $5M for risks with $500M or more gross revenue 
  • Excess limits: $10M when attaching less than $25M and $15M when attaching at or greater than $25M   

Additional solutions include: 

  • Designers and contractors professional and pollution liability (DCP2). This coverage combines DCPL with contractors pollution liability on a claims-made basiscovering contractors liability, contractors pollution liability, and pollution mitigation. Occurrence pollution is also available. 
  • Owners protected and professional indemnity (OPPI). Offers added protection to the owner over the design professionals or contractors professional liability policiesOPPI policies help safeguard project owners against damages resulting from first and third-party claims of negligence when the design professionals or contractors primary policies are unable to respond fully to a judgment because of exhausted or insufficient limits of insurance. 
  • Project-specific professional liability coverage. This policy provides dedicated limits for the design team and/or the design-build contractor. 

Whether it’s for a single project or multiple mega-projects over the course of yearsevery policy is backed by the strength and stability of a Fortune 100 company. 

Expertise that delivers  

We are uniquely positioned to provide tailored and innovative DCPL solutions to help protect firms involved in a variety of project delivery methods,including:  

  • Design-build 
  • Design assist 
  • Bridging 
  • Integrated project delivery 
  • Public-private partnerships 
  • Traditional design-bid-build 

Our approach involves early review of the project type, participants’ relationships, and the project delivery method. We also identify the associated loss trends and risk scenarios that accompany different project types and tailor coverage and riskmanagement services for each project-specific policy.  

 Count on us to help protect your company and its employees, projects, finances, and reputation. 

   

Better control over claims  

From the moment a claim is filed, our customers feel the difference in our approach. With ongoing training, highly experienced senior claims leaders, and a culture that promotes proactive decision making, our claims teams are empowered to deliver better outcomes.  

And because they work closely with the underwriters who develop our DCPL solutions, these seasoned claims professionals are better equipped to resolve claims efficiently, limit litigation, and control costs.  

With our DCPL solutions, customers can benefit from:  

  • Dedicated claims teams with in-depth experience investigating, evaluating, and resolving DCPL claims 
  • Flexibility to select legal counsel from our approved roster of attorneys 
  • Riskmanagement services 
  • Contract reviews 

Get in touch

Our commercial and specialty insurance products and services are distributed through brokers and agents. If you are interested in our solutions for your business, please contact your agent or broker. If you are an agent or broker, please reach out to our team for more information.

Donna M. Hunt

AVP, Designers & Contractors Professional Liability, Ironshore

Valerie Onderka

VP, Designers & Contractors Professional Liability, Ironshore

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