AFTER YEARS OF PAYING INSURANCE PREMIUMS, INDIVIDUALS EXPECT THEIR CARRIERS TO PROVIDE TIMELY SERVICE FOLLOWING AN ACCIDENT.
Unfortunately, insurance companies often delay, devalue or deny a claim to protect their bottom line. When this happens, though, it is likely that the insurance company has acted in bad faith.
If you or a loved one feels mistreated by an insurance company, it is wise to seek the counsel of an experienced attorney. At Rieders, Travis, Dohrmann, Mowrey, Humphrey & Waters, we have the legal knowledge and experience to carefully evaluate a coverage policy and explain your rights. Your insurance company must fully investigate your accident before denying your claim. Contact our firm to discuss your unique situation in greater detail.
Holding Insurance Carriers Responsible for Their Actions
Insurance companies must act in good faith toward their insureds. When an insurance company acts in bad faith to somebody for whom it has written insurance, the insured may bring a bad faith action. There are certain legal requirements for this statutory remedy. Further, a body of case law has evolved that lawyers need to be familiar with when they bring bad faith cases. In some situations it may be possible for a party to receive an assignment of bad faith rights from the insured. For example, if someone is seriously injured in an automobile accident and the tortfeasor’s insurance company refuses to defend, there may be times where the injured party would take an assignment of bad faith rights. This is an unusual situation, but one which, depending upon the circumstances, may be appropriate. It is important that a lawyer have knowledge with respect to bad faith cases, the damage and remedies available. Bad faith cases are handled differently, in many respects, than ordinary litigation.
Contact a Skilled Bad Faith Insurance Law Firm
The law firm of Rieders, Travis, Dohrmann, Mowrey, Humphrey & Waters can be reached by calling 570-323-8711 or completing our convenient contact form. We can explain how Pennsylvania and federal law applies to your situation and help you understand your options for moving forward.