Category Archives: Insurance, Claims Handling, insurance Bad Faith, Claim Denials

Spokane Personal Injury Lawyer | Jail Time for Insurance Fraud

Ever drive by a mail parking lot and see a sign that said “Will Fix Chips On Windshield For Free?” Well, nothing is free. Most of these entrepeneurs request your insurance information when you drive up and ask them to fix … Continue reading

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Spokane Personal Injury | Is The Insurance Fair Conduct Act Increasing Questionable Insurance Claims?

According to the Northwest Insurance Council, “questionable” insurance claims have risen 9.3% since 2008 in Washington State. The reason given? The Insurance Fair Conduct Act (IFCA). IFCA allows insureds to sue insurance companies for unreasonably denying insurance claims. IFCA allows for the recovery of … Continue reading

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Spokane Insurance Law | Five Insurance Companies fined $167,000

The Washington Insurance Commissioner has fined numerous insurance companies a total of $167,000 for wrongfully denying claims and overcharging consumers. The following is a breakdown of the fines: (1) Aetna Life Insurance Co., of Hartford, Conn., was fined $65,000 for violations, … Continue reading

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Insurance Law | Jury Awards $19 Million To Man That Had A Portion Of His Medical Bills Wrongly Denied

A case out of California highlights the risk insurance companies run when they second guess medical professionals in a first party context. The plaintiff in this case, Thomas Nickerson, is a paraplegic former Marine. While attempting to get into his  van, … Continue reading

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A Personal Injury Lawyer’s Brief | All It Takes Is A Phone Call

I have a confession to make. I like Judge Posner of the Seventh Circuit. In my view, he will go down as one of the greatest legal minds of the twentieth and twenty first century. So when Judge Posner writes an … Continue reading

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Spokane Personal Injury | Long-Term Care Insurance Company Must Comply With Washington Law

Maybe you have heard about long-term care insurance policies. The idea behind these types of insurance policies is that you will receive coverage or benefits if you can no longer take care of yourself. As you might imagine, these type … Continue reading

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Spokane Personal Injury|What Is Insurance Bad Faith?

I frequently get asked “what is insurance bad faith?” In a nutshell, insurance bad faith has been defined as a breach of the obligation to “deal fairly with an insured, giving equal consideration in all matters to the insured’s interests.” … Continue reading

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Spokane Personal Injury-Insurance Law Seminar

Today, I have the privilege of attending the Washington State Association of Justices’s 33rd Annual Insurance Law Seminar. It was a great seminar that highlighted various practical issues that confront lawyers working in the insurance field. The Insurance Fair Conduct (IFCA) and bad … Continue reading

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