You work hard to build your business, only to be taken down by a lawsuit. It’s one of the biggest risks, and potentially a big mistake not to buy the best personal training insurance you can afford.
You may look away or take an urgent phone call and just something happens to your client. Your reputation as well as your bank balance could be on the line.
During a physical activity there is always people moving around and equipment lying about. Accidents are not uncommon and when serious, you could be asked to compensate.
You often up close and personal with your clients. Something you do or say to a participant could be easily misinterpeted.
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What insurance do personal trainers need?
Choosing the right insurance for you depends on the size and nature of your business. Key insurance covers personal trainers should consider include:
A client walks away from a session with you where you told them exactly how to exercise but they take it too far in their own time. You might think that’s nothing to do with you. However, it’s not always as straightforward if the client claims it was a result of your guidance that they suffered an injury.
The next thing you know a letter comes in through the post demanding compensation.
Your reputation is on the line. As a personal trainer you are helping your clients to fulfil certain aspirations - it could be a body image or achieving certain results in the next Iron Man. Your client may turn to you for answers if they don’t get the desired outcome. The fact that they deviated from your advice is often irrelevant when they start bad mouthing you in front of your other clients or online.
And there are accidents. As a personal trainer you might be conducting sessions in a gym, or a park, possibly at the client’s premises. When you’re hosting a session, in other words when the client comes to you to train, you’ll need to make sure the space is suitable and safe.
Despite these precautions a fall or trip might happen and you want to have a peace of mind in the form of the right insurance if the situation turns against you. The same goes for an accidental damage to the equipment used or clients’ property. Perhaps they asked you to video them during a workout and you dropped their expensive phone.
Professional indemnity insurance | personal trainer
The statistics show that public liability insurance is searched about 10 times more than professional indemnity insurance for personal trainers and yet with professional indemnity insurance personal trainers can really focus on their work knowing they are protected if they're accused of providing the wrong advice and guidance to their clients.
Professional indemnity insurance for personal trainers provides cover against issues such as an accusation of negligence, breach of duty of care or making a mistake.
These are the common risks personal trainers face daily when working with clients. These issues are not unfortunate accidents but rather situations when your professional ability is called into question.
Ryan, a personal trainer on a contract with a large gym, found himself accused of incompetence. An inexperienced client decided to do an exercise improperly and injured himself. Since Ryan was working for himself the client sued Ryan’s business for damages, alleging Ryan didn’t provide adequate instruction before his accident occurred. Luckily on the gym’s insistence Ryan had professional indemnity in place and his insurance provider paid all of Ryan’s legal fees and the legal team successfully defended him against the claim.
Public liability insurance | personal trainer
Personal trainers often search for public liability insurance, believing it’s the only legal cover they need. It is certainly an important cover and essential to anyone who has regular face to face contact with their clients and the public while running a business.
The scenarios here aren’t hard to imagine. Clients tripping over the mat and rolling over on their ankle, a member of the public getting accidentally hit by a ball, a client breaking gym equipment while training with you. The list could go on.
The good news is that Business Legal Protect is included as standard with the PI cover, nothing extra to pay. It can provide you with legal and professional help with situations like unpaid invoices, tax disputes, threats to your professional reputation or contractual disputes.
When you decide to protect your business with Suited we want you to get more than just insurance. That's why with every policy subscription we include Business Legal Protect. From the moment you sign up you gain access to extra support services which are all part of our price.
- IR35 & HMRC investigations
- Legal matters concerning your business
- Negative PR (£25,000 cover)
- Criminal prosecution
- Compliance & regulation issues
- Unpaid invoices (over £200)
- Free tax advice
- Free commercial legal advice
- Counselling for you and your staff
- Access to a legal template library
- Identity theft assistance
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