Hiscox USA introduces direct, online insurance for architects, engineers and design professionals


NEW YORK, April 23, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Hiscox, a specialist insurer that provides U.S. small businesses with the simplest way to purchase customized business insurance online or over the phone, today introduced liability insurance policies for architects, engineers and other design professionals. Hiscox's coverage for these professions is currently available in 38 states and the District of Columbia.

Hiscox's expanded professional liability insurance and general liability insurance offerings are now available to licensed architects, licensed engineers (including civil, electrical, and environmental engineers), interior designers, landscape architects, draftsmen and control systems integrators. For the first time, self-employed professionals in the architecture and engineering industries can directly buy insurance tailored to the specific risks of their professions and help protect themselves against potential claims and lawsuits, even if they are unwarranted.

"Hiscox recognizes and understands the risks faced by architects, engineers and related professions. We are pleased to expand our small business coverage to these growing areas," said Kevin Kerridge, small business insurance expert for Hiscox USA. "The growth of Hiscox's offering reflects our understanding that even the smallest claims can have a significant impact on small businesses. It is our goal to ensure that we provide small businesses with affordable, direct coverage that will protect them from the risks that threaten to impact their businesses in a very real way."

Hiscox specializes in insurance for small business owners, such as professional liability (errors and omissions insurance) and commercial general liability policies customized for a range of fields including IT, consulting, marketing, photography, real estate, beauty and health.

Since launching their ground-breaking online service in 2010, Hiscox has received an average customer service rating of 4.9 out of 5, and 96% of those surveyed would recommend Hiscox.

About Hiscox Small Business Insurance

Hiscox, the international specialist insurer, is headquartered in Bermuda and listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE:HSX). Hiscox is the first company in the U.S. to offer insurance for small professional services businesses direct, online, and in real-time. We provide professional liability, general liability and business owner's insurance, underwritten by Chicago-based Hiscox Insurance Company Inc., which is rated 'A' (Excellent) by A.M. Best Company. Additional information can be found on the Why Choose Hiscox? page. Coverages are subject to underwriting and may not be available in all states.

Hiscox also provides professional liability, property and specialty insurance to US businesses through US-based brokers. This communication does not constitute a solicitation of business by Hiscox's syndicates at Lloyd's, London.

To learn more about Hiscox Small Business Insurance, visit http://www.hiscoxusa.com/small-business-insurance/ or speak with a Hiscox licensed advisor at (888) 283-7545 (Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM EST).

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