Nearly everyone has some kind of insurance policy. Whether it’s for your car, home, business, or yourself, insurance policies give us peace of mind knowing that if anything happens, we won’t be left in the dark and coming out of pocket financially. Insurance is a good thing, but only if insurance companies play by the rules. Unfortunately, many insurance companies utilize bad faith tactics to avoid paying out on claims.
Insurance Companies Are Businesses First
Despite what they may claim, insurance companies are businesses first. This means they put their own profits before their customers’ claims payouts. Insurance companies have no incentive to pay out on large claims; so, don’t be fooled by their claims about putting customers first. When any type of loss occurs, insurance companies often try to minimize the claim or find ways to completely deny claims by employing bad faith tactics.
The bad faith insurance lawyers at Feldman & Feldman have helped many policyholders get the compensation they are entitled to under their policies. Through decades of successful litigation experience, we have identified common bad faith tactics insurance companies use when adjusting claims:
- They claim property damage is due to “normal wear and tear.” Property insurance policies do not cover normal wear and tear that occurs over time. Sometimes insurance companies will wrongfully assert property damage is normal wear and tear, and thus not covered under the policy.
- Damage is caused by inadequate maintenance. All buildings require regular maintenance. Most policies do not cover damages caused by inadequate maintenance. Insurance companies try to avoid paying out on claims by claiming property damage is caused by inadequate maintenance.
- Misrepresenting the policy. Oftentimes, insurance companies will completely and blatantly misrepresent policy terms to their policyholders. They might wrongfully claim certain damage isn’t covered, when in fact it is.
- Undervaluing claims below the deductible. Sometimes insurance companies will accept certain damages, but value the damages at less than the policy deductible so the insurance companies don’t have to pay out on the claims.
- Causing unnecessary delays. Insurance companies often drag out claims for months. This puts a serious strain on policyholders.
- Not communicating with the insured. Many victims of bad faith insurance tactics report insurance companies do not timely return phone calls, emails, or other forms of communication, leaving policyholders in the dark about their claims.
All Policyholders Have Rights
Insurance companies count on policyholders being unaware of their rights. All policyholders have the right to a prompt, fair, and equitable settlement of a claim. When insurance companies violate these rights, policyholders will need experienced insurance lawyers by their side. At Feldman & Feldman we can help policyholders protect their rights and get the compensation they are rightfully owed under their insurance policies from bad faith insurance companies. Call us today to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced insurance lawyers.