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Bad Faith Insurance
By purchasing an insurance policy, property owners can rest easy knowing their homes, businesses, and belongings are protected from unforeseen circumstances. Unfortunately, insurance companies don’t always hold up their end of deal, leaving property owners with nothing. If a policyholder pays their premium every month, they are entitled to the full coverage granted under the policy in the event of damage. If an insurance company is denying your claim, undervaluing your claim, or delaying payment of your claim, you will need the help of an experienced bad faith insurance lawyers to help you get your rightful compensation.
Bad Faith Tactics
There are a number of ways insurance companies try to avoid paying out on claims. Some of the most common bad faith tactics insurance companies use include:
- Claiming the damage to a property is regular “wear and tear” and therefore not covered
- Claiming the damage was caused by inadequate or poor maintenance and is therefore not covered under the policy
- Misrepresenting the policy by claiming the type of damage does not fall under the scope of coverage offered by the policy
- Undervaluing or ignoring property damage
- Claiming the damage is less than the cost of the deductible on the property
- Claiming the building is too old or was in a state of disrepair, thereby releasing the insurance company from having to pay out on the claim
What To Do If Your Insurance Company Is Being Dishonest
After a natural disaster or other event causes property damage, emotions often run very high. If you feel your insurance company isn’t being honest with you, you need to immediately contact an attorney. As a policyholder, you have rights under state and federal laws, but you will likely need an experienced insurance lawyer to help you exercise those rights.
At Whitfield, Bryson & Mason LLP, our bad faith insurance lawyers aren’t afraid to take on large insurance companies. Our firm has a reputation for providing aggressive representation for our clients and we can go to work for you. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation. There are no upfront costs for working with us. We work on a contingency fee basis, meaning you won’t owe us anything unless we help you obtain compensation.