Tips For Interpreters

Stay Organized. Keep your receipts!

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Background Fingerprint Screening

The Jessica Lunsford Act was passed by the 2005. In result, all noninstructional or contractual personnel permitted access on school grounds when students are present must be screened. The costs associated with the initial screenings themselves may vary from district to district (approximately $60 to $90). Contact your local district to get screened as a vendor and get on the Florida Shared Database to work in numerous counties.

Variety of Possible Work Settings: Classroom, Parent/Teacher Conferences, Field Trips, Trainings for Deaf Employees, Award Ceremonies, Dances, Theatre Performances, and more!

Professional Liability Insurance: Interpreters for the Deaf

Justified or not, being named in a malpractice suit could cost you thousands of dollars and even result in the end of the career that you worked so hard to build. Your best defense? Professional Liability Insurance.

Simply put – General Liability applies to those losses that involve actual bodily injury, death or damage to physical property.
In contrast, Professional Liability policies respond to losses of an economic nature (not bodily injury or property damage). Professional Liability Insurance protects you against covered claims arising from real or alleged errors or omissions, including negligence, in the course of your professional duties.

In the event of a lawsuit, your own Professional Liability Insurance policy would:

  • Provide you with your own attorney
  • Pay all reasonable costs incurred in the defense or investigation of a covered claim
  • Pay you for lost wages
  • Pay court costs and settlements in addition to the limits of liability policies can pay for medical expenses for injuries sustained on the property or premises of your place of interpreting assignment, regardless of who may have been responsible for causing the accident. As if you were interpreting and knock over the coffee on someone who was sitting by you. If you knocked over a medical monitor in a hospital, can you afford it? If your work cell phone, computer, handbag, etc. are stolen or damaged while working due to vandalism, auto accident, fire, storm, etc.,-your work property may be covered.

I suggest you shop around for one that suits you. Here are two that I am aware of:

  • Proliability: www.proliability.com, administered by Mercer Consumer, offers Professional Liability Insurance tailored to the professions it protects. Click the drop down tab and then “Interpreters for the Deaf” Florida for details. Approximately $136 annually (Less than .36 cents a day!)
    Professional: 2,000,000 per incident and $4,000,000 for the year.
  • DHHInsurance: www.DHHInsurance.com
    Your RID program provider has comprehensive coverage that is all under one policy that provides Professional Liability, General Liability and Personal property Coverage for an annual premium of $350.00 + tax in some states.
    Professional: 1,000,000 per incident and $2,000,000 for the year.
    General: 1,000,000 per incident and $2,000,000 for the year.
    Personal Property: $5,000 with $500 Deductible