Insurance Bad Faith
People buy insurance in a spirit of trust. They feel assured that the insurance policy will bear the heavy financial responsibility if property is damaged or a family member or friend is seriously hurt.
But sometimes the insurance company views the situation from a different point of view. We have experience with insurance companies that act in bad faith against their policy holders. Over the years we have helped many people recover full payment from their insurance companies. It’s all about doing what’s right.
(January 2014) Confidential settlement for $1.9 million, for an insurance company’s bad faith refusal to settle a claim, forcing its insured through a public jury trial resulting in a huge excess verdict against him and significant negative publicity that essentially ended his oral surgery practice.
(January 2012) A consumer class action settled on behalf of over 7,000 insureds who were improperly denied applicable Washington State sales tax on personal property losses. The case settled following the Washington State Supreme Court’s 6-3 decision upholding the trial court’s ruling in favor of the plaintiff/insured. The settlement called for Farmers to pay sales tax plus 12% interest per annum to every insured who submits a valid claim form, plus $500,000 in attorney fees and costs.
(January 2009) $2,940,000 judgment and settlement for wrongful death case by husband of 46 year old woman hit by runaway dump truck trailer. Case included recovery of interest, attorney fees, and bad faith damages.
(November 2005) $2,000,000 settlement for UIM policy limits on behalf of a woman who suffered significant orthopedic injuries in an automobile crash. Additional sums were recovered for Farmers’ bad faith claims handling.
(1992) $2,825,000 settlement for bad faith of an insurance company arising out of an auto collision resulting in a severe closed-head injury.