INSURANCE LAW ATTORNEY IN LONE TREE, COLORADO
According to a survey by Lawyers.com, less than one-third (30%) of respondents received nothing for their personal injury claims. After the filing of an injury claim, the insurance company will be required to investigate the reason for the claim, negotiate with the plaintiff, and settle the claims fairly and in good faith. Surprisingly, some insurance carriers deny personal injury claims without any valid reason or negotiate unfairly or with bad faith tactics.
If you’re involved in a dispute with an insurance company due to their unfair or bad faith practices, it is important that you consult with an experienced Colorado insurance law attorney to protect your rights. At Landry Law, P.C., we are committed to offering experienced legal services and protecting the rights of personal injury victims and their families. Our team will investigate the reason behind the denial of the claim and determine whether your injury claims were affected by bad faith tactics. As an experienced Colorado personal injury firm, we will fight compassionately to represent your best interests and help you recover your deserved compensation.
At Landry Law, P.C., we proudly serve clients across Lone Tree, Castle Pines, Denver, Castle Rock, and Trinidad, Colorado.
Determining Fault in an Accident
Colorado is a “fault” state. This means that the person responsible for a traffic crash (the “at-fault” party) will bear liability for any injury or property damages suffered by any accident victims. The available options to seek damages include:
Filing a claim with your own insurance company
Filing a third-party claim with the insurance provider of the at-fault party
Filing a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault party
Disputes with Insurance Companies
An insurance dispute usually arises when the insurance provider and the policyholder disagree about the terms or amount of an injury settlement. The insurance carrier may deny your claims outright, offer you a low initial settlement offer, or delay payout without any reasonable explanation.
Common Bad Faith Practices
Insurance bad faith refers to the failure of an insurance provider to fulfill its responsibility to process an injury claim in good faith and with fairness and honesty. Some common bad faith practices include:
Lowball first offer
Denying valid claims without a valid reason
Long payout delays without any valid explanation
Failure to conduct a detailed investigation
Refusing to pay a valid claim
Making threatening statements
Misrepresentation of the law
Offering considerably less money than the true worth of a claim
Using unfair practices or hiding relevant information
Misrepresenting relevant facts
Filing a Claim
A Colorado bad faith insurance claim usually consists of two parts. In the first part, the plaintiff demands fair compensation for the actual amount they should have received under their insurance policy. In the second part, the plaintiff makes additional claims for the insurance company’s bad faith actions in underpaying or unreasonably denying the injury claim.
Unfair Claims Settlement Practices Act
According to Colorado Revised Statute 10-3-1104 (1)(h), committing or performing, either in willful violation or with such frequency as to indicate a tendency to engage in general business practices, can be any of the following:
Misrepresenting pertinent facts or insurance policy provisions relating to coverages at issue
Failing to acknowledge and act promptly upon communications with respect to claims arising under insurance policies
Failing to adopt and implement reasonable standards for the prompt investigation of claims arising under insurance policies
Refusing to pay claims without conducting a reasonable investigation based upon all available information
Failing to affirm or deny coverage of claims within a reasonable time after proof of loss statements have been completed
Not attempting in good faith to effectuate prompt, fair, and equitable settlements of claims in which liability has become reasonably clear
Compelling insureds to institute litigation to recover amounts due under an insurance policy by offering substantially less than the amounts ultimately recovered in actions brought by such insureds
Attempting to settle a claim for less than the amount to which a reasonable person would have believed they were entitled to
Attempting to settle claims on the basis of an application which was altered without notice to, or knowledge or consent of, the insured
Making claims payments to insureds or beneficiaries not accompanied by a statement setting forth the coverage under which the payments are being made
Excluding medical benefits under health care coverage
Failing to adopt and implement reasonable standards for the prompt resolution of medical payment claims
Work With an Experienced Attorney
Dealing with an insurer following a traffic accident can be difficult and overwhelming. If the insurance provider has denied your personal injury claim or if you believe that they are negotiating unfairly or using bad faith tactics, you can have legal counsel handle all communications and negotiations on your behalf. Hiring a knowledgeable Colorado personal injury attorney is crucial to protect your rights and for detailed guidance.
At Landry Law, P.C., our attorneys have devoted their careers to handling legal matters of insurance law, including denied claims and bad faith tactics. As your legal counsel, we will review the circumstances surrounding your case and conduct a thorough investigation into the insurance company’s conduct. Using our extensive experience and comprehensive knowledge of Colorado insurance law, we will negotiate with the insurer and attempt to recover fair compensation for your injuries and damages.
INSURANCE LAW ATTORNEYS SERVING LONE TREE, COLORADO
If your injury claims were denied or if you’re involved in a dispute with an insurance company, contact us at Landry Law, P.C. today to schedule a free consultation. We serve clients throughout Lone Tree, Castle Pines, Denver, Castle Rock, and Trinidad, Colorado. Reach out to speak with an experienced insurance law firm and get the help you need.