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Professional Liability (Timed & Monitored)

Samir G. Khoury, Ph.D., P.G.

This course explains the meaning of professional liability and introduces you to the common causes that lead to the filing of claims. The debilitating effects of professional liability claims can best be appreciated by those who have experienced them. The resulting drawn-out court litigation results in psychological trauma for all parties involved and represents a scattering of energies, a drag on productivity, a drain on profitability and an enormous waste of time.

The lessons presented here review, from a contractor's perspective, promising strategies that will help you minimize your exposure to unwarranted professional claims. You will benefit by learning how to take simple actions to avoid the common pitfalls that increase your exposure to claims. To accomplish this goal, the following topics are examined:

  • Elements of a contract
  • Methods for establishing and maintaining credibility
  • Staff competence and performance
  • Communication skills

  • These represent the 4 Cs of business: contract, credibility, competence and communication. Based on my personal experience and from my readings on this subject, it appears that large numbers of professional liability claims result from a breakdown in communication between the client and contractor. Clear communication between the parties can prevent a significant number of claims from being filed in the first place. The other components of the 4Cs are equally important to the success of your undertakings and will also be discussed in this course.

    This course includes a multiple choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

    * This course is acceptable to all the state PE boards except the New York State PE & PLS Board.

    * If you are a registered professional land surveyor in Florida, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Tennessee, Texas or Vermont, you need to take the approved courses for that specific state under the course category "Surveying & Mapping".

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    You do not need to complete the T&M course in one sitting. You may view the course content from office or home using different devices with Internet connection. Our website will keep track of your total time spent. If necessary, you may print the course content for ease of reading while you are online. You may also preview the content of P122T by viewing the content of P122 since they are identical.

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    NY PE & PLS: You must choose courses that are technical in nature or related to matters of laws and ethics contributing to the health and welfare of the public. NY Board does not accept courses related to office management, risk management, leadership, marketing, accounting, financial planning, real estate, and basic CAD. Specific course topics that are on the borderline and are not acceptable by the NY Board have been noted under the course description on our website.