Insurance Dispute FAQs
Do insurance companies really try to “lowball” accident victims?
Yes. In fact, they do it all the time. Insurance companies only pay claims when they have a contractual obligation to do so. Your insurance policy is a contract outlining specific conditions that must be met in order for your insurer to compensate a claim. Unfortunately, insurance companies don’t always hold up their end of the contract. They regularly deny valid claims and offer minimal compensation when far greater compensation is owed under the terms of a policy.
Can I file a bad-faith claim against my own insurance company?
Yes. If your insurance company has engaged in any of the bad-faith practices listed above, you can file this type of “first party” insurance dispute.
Can I file a bad-faith claim against someone else’s insurance company?
Yes. If someone else’s insurance company fails to process your claim against them in good faith, you will most likely need to file a “third party” bad-faith claim in order to protect your rights.
Why should I hire a personal injury lawyer to deal with my insurance company?
If your insurance company isn’t treating you fairly, you need someone to help protect your legal rights. Because most accident claims are resolved through insurance settlements, personal injury lawyers deal with insurance companies all the time. We know how to negotiate effectively with insurance companies, and how to distinguish between good- and bad-faith delays and denials.
What can I expect to get out of my insurance dispute?
When you file a claim for insurance bad faith, you can expect your insurance company to comply—whether voluntarily or by court order. You may also be entitled to compensation above the original value of your claim. In both Massachusetts and Rhode Island, the law provides for additional remedies, which may include compensation for attorneys’ fees and punitive damages.
How do I know when it’s time to file a bad-faith claim against an insurance company?
If you’ve been injured or suffered property losses, it can be difficult to tell if what you’re experiencing is just part of the process or if it qualifies as bad faith. If you think something is wrong, it probably is. The best thing you can do is speak with an experienced attorney. Contact the Bottaro Law Firm, LLC today for a free case review.