BAD FAITH INSURANCE CLAIMS ATTORNEYS SERVING WEST PALM BEACH & FLORIDA STATEWIDE
What is “Bad Faith?”
An insurance company is obligated to act with the best interest of the insured in mind. When an insurance company fails to act in an honest and fair way towards its policyholders and/or is deceitful, insurance bad faith is said to have occurred.
Situations in which Insurance Bad Faith can occur vary widely. Insurance Bad Faith may occur in conjunction with auto insurance, health insurance, uninsured/underinsured motorist insurance, life insurance, homeowners insurance, medical malpractice insurance, and disability insurance.
Insurance Bad Faith behavior includes:
Failure to investigate a claim in a proper and reasonable manner
Withholding benefits without cause
Delaying payment of claims for an unreasonable length of time
Denying payment on claims
Undervaluing a claim
Unfairly refusing to settle and/or reimburse claims
The abusive or unreasonable claims process
Cancellation of insurance policy unjustly
What are First Party Insurance Bad Faith Claims?
Any individual, including insurance policyholders, can bring a civil action against an insurance company when the individual suffers damage due to an insurance company’s behavior. This type of claim can be brought against companies writing policies for auto, health, life, disability, and medical malpractice insurance.
What is a Third Party Insurance Bad Faith Claim?
A third party, lacking an insurance policy with a given insurance company, may file a claim for insurance bad faith against the insurance company. Third-party bad faith claims occur in cases in which serious injury or death occurred due to the at-fault party’s insurance company’s failure to adequately protect the person who has a policy with that insurance company.