In a dispute between you and your insurance provider, you can often find yourself going up against a company that has a great deal of experience in discouraging you from receiving the benefits that you deserve. You’re not alone in the fight. We’ll help protect you from “bad faith” or other unfair practices…
Washington Insurance Claims Attorney
More and more, insurance companies are denying claims for numerous reasons or critical time is wasted while they process the claim, delaying needed treatment and compensation. During these disputes, it is important to work with someone experienced in dealing with insurance claim cases to ensure that you receive the benefits you are entitled to.
“Insurance companies try to manipulate you and deny you payments and minimize your checks. With Joe Bartek I have no worries. We won a $620,000 judgment that an insurance company was trying to deny.”
-Ben, Car Accident Client
What is “Bad Faith”?
Insurance companies that are paid a premium by you owe a duty of good faith and fair dealing to the persons they insure. If an insurance company violates that agreement by refusing the claim, the policyholder may sue the company on a tort claim in addition to a standard breach of contract. This allows for the policyholder to possibly recover an amount larger than the original policy if “bad faith” conduct by the insurance company has occurred in some way. There are a number of examples of this kind of conduct: refusing to settle a case, wrongfully denying a claim, stalling, not promptly or thoroughly investigating, and a number of others. It is the insurance company’s duty to look for ways to honor, rather than deny, a policyholder’s needs. Sadly, this is not always the case. If you feel that you have been treated unfairly by your insurance company it is important to work with an personal injury attorney. We have the experience to deal with this type of injustice.
A Denial Isn’t the End. It’s Just the Beginning!
Having a claim denied can be devastating. Many times the complex paperwork involved and the powers that you are up against can be extremely discouraging. It is important in the case of a denial to understand that you can appeal the decision. Working with an experienced personal injury attorney will dramatically increase your chances of success and reduce the stress associated with the process.