What Insurance Do Victoria Registered Massage Therapists Need

What Insurance Do Victoria Registered Massage Therapists Need?

May 30, 2024 / 5 mins read

As a registered massage therapist in Victoria, you can face allegations of professional negligence resulting in bodily injury, damage, or loss to your clients. Registered massage therapy insurance coverage can help protect you should you be sued by a patient.

Victoria registered massage therapists and holistic health professionals need to protect themselves with insurance specifically designed for their work with their clients.

Your Western Financial Group business insurance expert will give you top-notch commercial insurance advice and ways to save on the insurance you need as a registered massage therapist in Victoria.

What is registered massage therapist (RMT) insurance for Victoria professionals?

Massage therapy insurance is an insurance package for registered massage therapists, holistic health care professionals, and their clinics in Victoria that provides financial protection against lawsuits alleging negligence that resulted in damages, losses, or bodily injury to their patients.

What Victoria professionals need this insurance?

  • Registered massage therapists and their clinics
  • Osteopathy practitioners
  • Reflexologists
  • Kinesiologists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Naturopaths
  • Wellness specialists

How much does insurance cost for Victoria registered massage therapists/holistic health professionals?

The following factors are usually considered when calculating the cost of your insurance:

  • Are you an individual registered massage therapist or do you have a clinic in Victoria?
  • Experience, including certifications and designations
  • Your Victoria location
  • Any past claims
  • Number of employees

As a Victoria registered massage therapist, here’s how you are protected from the risks and costs associated with third-party claims or lawsuits.

  1. A thief breaks into your Victoria massage therapy clinic and vandalizes it. Commercial property insurance helps cover the cost of repairing the damage.
  2. After a massage therapy appointment, a Victoria patient claimed that your services made their injured back worse and sued you for malpractice. Professional liability insurance policy could help cover the lawsuit against you.
  3. A client slipped on a wet floor at your Victoria clinic and broke her wrist and sued you. Commercial general liability (CGL) insurance policy could help cover the medical and legal fees.

Professional liability insurance

This type of insurance is also known as errors and omissions (E&O) insurance or massage malpractice insurance. It protects Victoria registered massage therapists from professional negligence claims.

The following types of negligence claims usually covered:

  • Failure to attend to a patient
  • Failure in referral or consultation
  • Failure in diagnosis
  • Substandard treatment
  • Failure to protect or warn third parties

Registered massage therapists in Victoria would need professional liability insurance coverage of at least $2 million per claim or per occurrence.

Commercial general liability (CGL) insurance

(CGL) provides financial protection against legal claims of third-party injuries and property damage caused by accidents not directly from the service provided. For example, if a patient gets injured (i.e., slips and falls) on your business premises and sues, a CGL policy may cover any legal defence and settlement fees (up to policy limits) of the lawsuit

It wouldn’t be uncommon to have $2 million in CGL insurance for your business as a Victoria registered massage therapist.

Commercial property insurance: Commercial property insurance protects your Victoria registered massage therapist business or clinic and the contents in from insured risks that occur, such as a fire, theft, vandalism, or storms. For example, if your registered massage therapy clinic is vandalized with spray paint, commercial property damage could help cover the costs of cleaning off the graffiti.

You should consider adding a sewer backup coverage extension, which standard business insurance policies typically don’t cover, to protect your Victoria massage therapy clinic.

Business interruption insurance: This type of insurance supports you when your Victoria clinic or registered massage therapy business can’t operate due to a covered loss.

There are a number of losses that can force your coffee shop to shut down. Some examples are:

  • Damage to your equipment from fire or vandalism
  • A major reduction in revenue due to a client/supplier facing losses of their own
  • A disruption in your supply chain

Business interruption insurance can help with the following expenses:

  • Payroll
  • Rent
  • Utilities
  • Property taxes
  • Alarm monitoring
  • Relocation of your business

Cyber insurance: Cyber liability insurance helps protect you as a registered massage therapist in Victoria if you electronically store financial data like the credit card numbers of clients. Depending on the size of the breach and the information that was taken, the customers who are affected can hold your Victoria business liable and sue for damages.

Commercial auto insurance

If you’re driving your car to appointments for your work as a registered massage therapist, your personal car insurance typically would not provide coverage in the case of an accident. Commercial auto insurance protects you if you are driving your car to appointments as a registered massage therapist in Victoria.

What do I do if I have a claim against me as a Victoria registered massage therapist?

  • Contact your broker immediately after any business-related mishap. Waiting to file a claim can confuse insurers about the severity of the damages to your business.
  • Know your policy so that when you contact your broker you are familiar with what will be covered or not.
  • Document the damage. Take photos right away and write down what happened.
  • Do not throw away damaged goods after taking photos. Keep the physical evidence so that your adjustor can see it.
  • Do not invite lawsuits. Don’t say anything that could be used against you, especially if you aren’t sure what happened.
  • Be honest about what your damaged property is worth. Damaged commercial property is generally valued according to its actual cash value or replacement value.

Here’s an insurance checklist for Victoria registered massage therapists:

  • Do you have the best Victoria business insurance rate that suits your work?
  • Do you have the right amount for your deductible and regularly review it to make sure it’s the right amount for you?
  • Are you or your employees using personal vehicles for work?

Western Financial Group has licensed BUSINESS INSURANCE EXPERTS to get you the right insurance coverage as a Victoria registered massage therapist. Our experts are available now to help you navigate the business insurance journey to protect your Victoria business.

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