You may have several different insurance policies you are responsible for, including auto insurance, homeowner’s insurance, and a range of different insurance coverages for your business–none of which you probably ever expected to have to deal with bad faith insurance practices on. And although the details of each policy may sometimes seem overly complicated and hard to understand, the idea behind purchasing insurance is simple: you pay your premiums and the insurer agrees to pay out for the agreed upon items if there is a loss. And although some claims may seem to have some understandable gray area or offer ways for the insurer to wiggle out of paying, there are many cases where they are just hoping to settle for as little as possible, and with minimal time and effort expended.
The best-case scenario is for a claim that is cut and dry—and one that leaves you with as little trauma as possible in the end. Unfortunately, bad faith insurance practices are not uncommon today. Here are five reasons you may need to consult with a skilled bad faith attorney from a firm like the Bolender Law Firm though if you are not able to reach a suitable agreement:
- Lack of investigation – this can be incredibly frustrating for you as a policyholder if you are left waiting endlessly for resolution to your case, only to find out that the insurer has not even performed an investigation or that the claim has been denied with virtually no research or attention paid to the details.
- Delay tactics – again, being made to wait indefinitely with no results can make for a tortuous experience as the insurer tries to ‘wait you out,’ hoping you will have weakened resolve when it comes to accepting a settlement, or that you will forget about the process altogether.
- Lowball offers – if you have been injured and unable to go back to work or are in financial straits, insurers may hope to take advantage of your situation with a quick and lowball offer. Their goal is to make big profits each year and paying out as little as possible is almost always their mission.
- Denied claims – when an insurer outright denies a claim that may be completely valid, it may be an example of bad faith practices. Such behavior means that you must work with your attorney to uncover the problem and prove that your case is indeed valid and that you should be compensated.
- Intimidating or threatening behavior – it is no secret that while adjusters usually start out in a very friendly manner, they could become quite intimidating while collecting details about the case. You need a skilled attorney to field all questions and give out information; not only that, insurance companies usually have much better behavior when they realize they are dealing with legal professionals.
If you need help reviewing your insurance policy, or if you suspect your insurance company may be denying your claim in bad faith, contact the attorneys at the Bolender Law Firm. If a dispute over a claim cannot be easily resolved through a call or written communication, our attorneys will advocate on behalf of policyholders through litigation, arbitration, or non-binding mediation. Our attorneys are experienced in representing clients in state and federal courts, at both the trial and appellate level. Call us at 310-320-0725 now or submit an easy consultation request online. We are here to help!