You have probably heard the term ‘bad faith’ used in the insurance world, but you may not know exactly what it means or how it could affect your insurance claim. To put it simply, an insurance company has the legal obligation to act in a manner that is considered good faith when it handles insurance claims. This means that it must conduct a prompt and fair investigation and take steps to settle the claims. When the insurer fails to do this, without a justifiable excuse, it is considered acting in bad faith. If this happens to you, this means that you may be entitled to additional compensation and you should contact our Bad Faith Insurance Claims Attorney.
Your ability to recover damages from a bad faith claim depends on the relationship you have with your insurer. When it comes to your insurance company, they have a contractual duty to act in good faith when they handle your claim. However, you do not have a contractual relationship with an insurance company that is handling your claim if that company is not providing coverage to you specifically.
For example, if you are in a car accident and the other driver is at fault, you must file the claim against the other driver’s insurance company. You are not the party insured under this policy, which means there is no contractual relationship between you and that company. This means the company has no duty to act in good faith while handling your claim.
Although there are a variety of things that can be considered bad faith in the insurance world, the following are some examples of bad faith insurance acts:
Bad faith claims are not easily proven. However, if you and your bad faith insurance claim attorney can prove that an insurer has acted in bad faith, you may be entitled to additional damages. This compensation may include the following:
These types of claims are complex and hard to prove, which means that you need the expertise of an experienced Bad Faith Insurance Claims Lawyer on your side. Contact the attorneys at the Law Offices of J. Price McNamara to schedule a consultation today.
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