You, as a policyholder, are owed certain duties by your insurance company. When your insurer fails to meet those duties, it is usually acting in bad faith. If you suffer injuries because of your insurance company’s bad faith acts, you may be entitled to compensation. Knowing how to prepare for an insurance bad faith claim can help ensure your case is successful. What Is Insurance Bad Faith? Bad faith is a term used when an insurer unreasonably refuses to pay your claim or refuses to defend and protect [...]
How to Prove Bad Faith Insurance in Workers’ Compensation
If you have had a benefit claim denied following a workplace accident in Nevada, you may find it helpful to know how to prove bad faith insurance in workers’ compensation. After your injury, you file a workers’ compensation claim with the insurance company. You expect an honest, fair, and good faith negotiation during the claim settlement process. However, the insurer resorts to unfair tactics in order to unreasonably delay or deny your legitimate workers’ compensation claim. When you believe that an insurance company is acting unethically, you’re unlikely [...]
Get Help with Your Spinal Cord Injury Disability Insurance Claim Denial
If you have suffered a preventable spinal cord injury, it can have catastrophic impacts on you, your family, and your finances. If you have applied for a spinal cord injury disability claim, and it has been denied, you may be able to appeal the decision. However, appealing a spinal cord injury disability insurance claim denial can be a challenging and time-consuming process, so you should speak with an experienced Reno disability insurance attorney. What Is a Spinal Cord Injury? The spinal cord transmits signals from the brain to [...]
Jury Awards $200 Million Against Sierra Health & Life for Wrongful Denial of Healthcare Coverage
I want to thank you all for the very kind words and thoughts. Those comments are greatly appreciated. I want to let you all know briefly what Eskew v. Sierra Health & Life was about. I am sure there will be a time when I have the energy to talk about the trial strategy, the trial, and our impression of why the jury made the right decision. Three years ago, Doug Terry (a great lawyer from Oklahoma City) and I believed in a fine lady from Las Vegas, [...]
When Should You Hire a Personal Injury Attorney?
Accident victims in Reno often ask, “When should you hire a personal injury attorney?” In most cases, injured victims should retain the services of a personal injury attorney as soon as they realize they may have a claim. Although it is common for insurance companies to make settlement offers soon after an accident occurs, these offers are rarely enough to compensate victims for their losses. After an accident, you should consider hiring a personal injury attorney if your injuries are severe, your insurance claim was denied or delayed, [...]
Bad Faith Claim Settlement Amounts
Insurance bad faith claim settlement amounts can vary significantly depending on the amount of contract damages and extracontractual damages, as well as the punitive damages awarded by the Court. Understanding the basics about the duties your insurer owes to you, bad faith insurance settlement practices, and the legal options that may be available can help maximize your bad faith claim settlement amount. What Is Bad Faith by an Insurance Company? When you purchase an insurance policy, you are entering into a contractual agreement with the insurer. You agree [...]
Can Someone Sue After a Car Accident Is Settled?
Exceptions exist that allow people to take legal action after settling auto accident injury claims. A comparative fault state with regard to motor vehicle crash liability, Nevada allows those injured to seek compensation from each involved motorist. As a general rule, reaching settlements for car collision injury claims typically relieves people of the right to take further legal action for losses resulting from the wreck. However, in some instances, accident injury victims have the ability to sue someone after a car accident is settled. Those injured in [...]
Can I Sue an Insurance Company for Denying My Claim?
People may file lawsuits against their insurance carriers when the companies refuse to provide the agreed-upon coverage for valid claims. Due to injuries suffered in auto accidents, people often incur expenses, including lost wages, medical bills, and pain and suffering. Through claims filed with their insurance companies or the insurance carriers of the at-fault motorists, many seek to recover compensation for their losses. Despite their catchy slogans and commercial claims, insurance companies typically seek to limit what they pay out to clients, and instead, protect their own bottom [...]
Nevada Business Owners Right to Benefits
Over the recent weeks, coronavirus has drastically impacted our daily lives. Businesses are being ordered to shut down. Revenues are unexpectedly gone. While governments scramble to try to contain the effects from the coronavirus, the question posed is whether there is any insurance coverage available to Northern Nevada businesses impacted by this virus. The answer is we don’t know for sure, but businesses should consider whether there is insurance coverage to cover portions of their loss of income. We would like to alert you to benefits that may [...]
NDF Guilty of Gross Negligence in Little Valley Fire
In October 2016, the Nevada Division of Forestry started a controlled fire in Little Valley, a property owned by the University of Nevada-Reno. On October 14, 2016, NDF’s conduct resulted in a devastating wildfire that destroyed 23 homes and damaged countless other homes. NDF deliberately and knowingly violated many safety standards for a controlled fire. Reno, Nevada personal injury lawyer Matthew Sharp acted as one of the lawyers for the fire victims. The Washoe County jury held the Nevada Division of Forestry accountable by finding it acted grossly negligent [...]