Insurance Bad Faith in West Palm Beach
Insurance bad faith can be defined as an insurance company's failure to act in "good faith" when handling an insurance claim. Actively trying to find ways to avoid paying a claim, delaying the payment of a claim, offering an unfair settlement or denying a valid claim can all be ways that an insurance company acts in bad faith. An insurance company actually has the duty to be honest and fair in dealing with policyholders, beneficiaries and claimants, and a breach of this duty could be grounds for an injured party to file a claim against the insurer. Insurance bad faith is a field that is often closely related to
personal injury, as insurance companies are generally responsible for paying damages. If you have been injured in a
car accident or have any other reason that you are currently dealing with an uncooperative insurance company, a knowledgeable attorney might be able to help.
Dealing with Florida Insurance Companies
Your claim could have been unreasonably denied or delayed, or the insurance company could have offered you a settlement that is far below the true worth of your claim. Whatever the situation you are facing, you might need to negotiate with the insurer or place legal pressure on the company to seek fair treatment. A lawyer experienced in handling cases involving insurance bad faith can help by taking over all communication with the insurance company.
At times, hiring a lawyer sends the insurance company the message that you mean business and that you will not be treated unfairly. This could be enough in some cases to cause the insurer to give your claim the attention it deserves. In other situations, it might be necessary to take a case to court against the insurance company as you seek the full value of your claim and possibly additional damages for what you have experienced.
The Law Office of Casey D. Shomo, P.A. represents clients in West Palm Beach, Florida and the surrounding areas and offers a free initial consultation to discuss your legal matter. If you are dealing with what you believe is insurance bad faith, contact a West Palm Beach personal injury attorney at the firm today to see what can be done.