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malpractice tail coverage

Malpractice Tail Coverage: Is it Necessary for Physicians?

The particulars involved in taking on insurance can be often be complex. This could apply to any type of policy, but if you are trying to protect your business or professional livelihood with liability insurance, there are many facets to consider financially and for the long-term. If you are sued due to an injury affecting a third party or if property is damaged, without insurance you could be responsible for an astronomical sum. The proper insurance may also protect you against libelous claims.

Although insurance is critical for many different types of professionals, doctors are often under legal fire, and while some malpractice suits may be solid, there are many frivolous ones too. This means that medical professionals must dedicate a significant amount of their income to protecting themselves from a devastating malpractice suit. Without it, they could experience a financial catastrophe that would send them reeling back despite all their many years of hard work in the hospital, private practice, or both.

Malpractice insurance is almost always required, and the claims-made policy is common, often including a short-term extended reporting period or ‘tail.’ Needs may vary, but it is crucial to understand the differences in the policies available and make sure there is an ERP if necessary. A basic 30- to 60-day tail included with malpractice insurance certainly would not be enough if, for example, the medical professional is thinking about retiring but wants to be smart about covering themselves for the possibility of a claim arising even afterward.

While previously there were not a lot of options regarding tail coverage, malpractice insurers offer physicians a much wider range of extended reporting periods today, with varying rates in premiums. The need for such specialized insurance is there especially for doctors who may not receive notice of a pending claim or lawsuit until long after the insurance policy was canceled or terminated for whatever reason. Cost can play a major role in whether tail coverage is purchased though, and what kind. Medical facilities often cannot afford to provide doctors with the extended coverage, but they may be required to provide it for themselves. This could even be written into a contract regarding their departure from a facility, requiring the tail to be purchased then so that the hospital or office is not held liable.

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!

property damage appraisers

Property Damage Appraisers: Should I Trust Them?

If you have not had a reason to file an insurance claim recently (and your premiums are not exorbitant), it may have been easy to put the subject of insurance out of your mind for quite a while; however, if you have been in a car accident or were forced to file a claim regarding damage to your home or business, or more, dealing with insurance and property damage appraisers may suddenly become a central focus. And nothing can be more frustrating than being interrogated or stalled when you have done your part in paying premiums for years, fulfilling every requirement as requested by the insurer. Along with spending far too much time stressing about what is going to happen to your property or how you are going to pay medical bills, you have probably pored over your insurance policy too, wondering what the deal really is in the face of your insurer delaying the investigation or paying out for your claim.

The property damage appraiser works for the insurance company in evaluating the condition of your car, for example, if you have been in a wreck and have filed a claim—or they may be working for another party’s insurer if you were in an accident due to the negligence of someone else. The goal of the appraiser is very clear: to assess and advise on whether or not the insurance agency should pay the claim. They do this by investigating, ruling out fraud, examining insurance policies and other information such as medical records, and negotiating settlements and payments. They are also used to speaking with attorneys while they do their jobs. Keep this in mind if you are feeling helpless, alone, or intimidated during the appraisal, claims, and settlement (or litigation) process, as it is in your best interest to refer all questions to your attorney—and especially if you suspect the insurer may be acting in bad faith.

Insurance is about big money, and those involved are often given highly motivating compensation to see that cases are closed as quickly as possible and with as little cost as possible. While they may seem very friendly as well as neutral when it comes to assessing damage, never forget that they work for the insurance company and have a major role in deciding the outcome of your case. All questions from the appraiser should be referred to your attorney pleasantly, but firmly. Do not agree to hand over any files or participate in any recorded conversations without the advice of your attorney first.

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!