Category Archives: Insurance Fair Conduct Act (IFCA)

Obtaining an IFCA and Insurance Bad Faith Verdict

Recently, Steven Hughes and I obtained a jury award on behalf our client, the Estate of Frank Madden, against Medico Insurance Company for violating the Insurance Fair Conduct Act (IFCA) and insurance bad faith. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Frank … 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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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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Spokane Personal Injury-Damages, What Can A Victim Expect To Recover?

One of the most frequent questions I receive as a personal injury attorney is what can a plaintiff recover for his or her injuries that were caused by another individual’s negligence? In a standard personal injury case–say an automobile accident–the … Continue reading

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Spokane Personal Injury-Insurance Companies Were Fined $580,000 in 2010

In 2010, the Washington Insurance Commissioner fined insurance companies over $580,000. The typical reasons for insurance companies being fined were: (1) illegal telephone solicitation, and (2) overcharging consumers. For a list of insurance companies that were fined, please visit the … Continue reading

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