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Since 1979, the Orange County bad faith insurance claim lawyers at DiMarco | Araujo | Montevideo have helped people deal with their insurance companies who have not performed their full duties. Being in an accident, have property stolen or damaged, or getting injured is bad enough. It is even worse when your insurance company does not live up to the “implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing.”
As consumers who have agreed to a contract and paid the insurance company the due premiums, we expect that they will aid us, be there for us and be accountable and trustworthy. They indeed have a contractual duty to honor the claim on your behalf with your best interests in mind. Sadly, they do not always keep their side of the deal and they instead look for ways to minimize your legitimate claim in order to minimize their liability or be in a position to refuse to pay you anything. Our firm has stood up to this for over three decades and we will continue to do so for you.
Insurance companies have teams of lawyers who spend their time trying to minimize the compensation the company has to payout. The law does want to protect you, though, so it is possible for you to handle this on your own. If you or a family member have questions about how to bring an insurance bad faith claim legal cause of action, call us today at (714)-783-2205. We will discuss your options and the following with you during your free consultation:
Our experienced Orange county bad faith insurance attorneys and staff are here to take the stress, load, and pressure of a lawsuit off of your shoulders. If after meeting with us, and hearing about the numerous critical steps and costs that are needed to investigate, file, litigate, negotiate and potentially take your trucking injury case to trial, know that we are always here to step in and handle it for you. Our goal will be to get you the full compensation you deserve and get you back on your feet.
It is called “bad faith” when an insurance company refuses to fulfill its contractual obligations to its clients. Though these large insurance companies may appear to hold unlimited power with their teams of professionals, investigators, and forensic scientists, we can even the playing field. Do not let your family get bullied by their seemingly inexhaustible power as our successful firm has the experience, staff, consultants and know-how to get you what you deserve: Fair treatment and full compensation. As stated above, our state of California observes an implied covenant of good faith– insurance providers are required to use fair dealing when evaluating claims regardless of the fiscal impact to themselves. A client may bring a lawsuit against the insurance company for bad faith and breach of contract if this is not followed.
We will meet with you at your house or hospital room if you are unable to come to us for any reason. We will even meet during the evenings and on weekends by appointment. We care about each of our clients and we will be your true ally during this rough time in your life. We will even make sure that you are getting the comprehensive and timely medical care that you deserve. Contact us right away any hour of the day or night at (714) 783-2205.
You have the right to appeal all denied claims by your insurance company. We would be happy to have a free initial consultation with you to discuss how you should handle the appeal and evaluate the merits of your case. It is crucial that you have evidence to support your claim and that you read through your policy for the appeal process, proof needed, and the time limit you have before you are unable to appeal. Our firm has handled this for clients for over thirty years so please let us know if you’d prefer to have our seasoned insurance and injury lawyers take over and give you the time and energy to focus on healing.
In order to prove that your insurance company has breached the covenant of good faith and acted in bad faith, there are usually three scenarios. The worst one is if your insurance company has not processed a claim whatsoever. The other two are more common:
Unfortunately, these types of situations happen all the time so do not trust that your insurance company is above this type of behavior. Further examples of bad faith acts are listed next.
The most common causes for insurance bad faith claims during our 30+ years have been:
It is critical for you to call us as soon as you can for many reasons including these three main ones. First, it is best if we are able to investigate your case, interview witnesses and guide you from as soon after the accident as possible. Second, there are statutes of limitations on many types of insurance bad faith claims so it is important that we file your lawsuit within the designated time frame. And lastly, the sooner you have your free case evaluation and initial consultation with us, the sooner you will know the merits of your case, how you should deal with the insurance companies and your legal options.
If you are not at fault for the accident, then the law does provide you with all of your current and future costs associated to the injury in addition to a number of damages including pain and suffering. It is important for you to know exactly what your insurance covers and what the limits are. Before we discuss the different aspects of insurance, please know that we have over thirty years of experience dealing with injuries and insurance companies and we are very willing to give you a free initial consultation to discuss your specific case, your specific insurance limits and your insurance and compensation options.
This is a main aspect of all cases that involve insurance. For example, the car that hit you may clearly be at fault and thus may clearly be liable for causing the accident. But, even though that car is liable, their insurance company only has to pay up to the covered limits that the driver paid for. We have the experience to know how to maximize what you get from the insurance company.
In California, there is a duty to settle within policy limits so the insured isn’t hit with a large verdict. Insurance companies need to act reasonably and they may have to pay the difference between the limits and the trial verdict if they act recklessly and their action lead to verdicts above the policy limits. In these types of situations, it is critical for you to seek our assistance as you may be eligible for more damages including punitive ones.
We have experience in winning insurance bad faith claims versus companies who have intentionally lowballed a settlement offer in order to not have to pay the higher, more reasonable amount. Insurance companies are mandated to act reasonably and fairly.
In dealing with insurance companies, it is important to level the playing field regarding information. The discovery process is intended to make it a fair legal fight. The type of info that is traded in a discovery may include the records for medical treatment, vehicle repair, financial loss, the original policy and all amendments, the insurance company’s handbook on how claims are handled, and more.
In some cases, the plaintiff in a case where the defendant’s insurance company has acted in bad faith can have two additional options. They are assignment and direct action. Both can end up with the defendant being spared while the plaintiff goes after the insurance company. There are advantages to this for both sides and our experienced attorneys can discuss this with you regardless of whether you are the plaintiff or defendant in a similar case.
UM and UIM are two areas that we commonly see insurance bad faith claims. With supposedly one in at least every six drivers on the road today having no insurance coverage, it is important for all drivers to carry uninsured motorist insurance. Because your insurance company will not do you any extra favors, it is important to always know what your coverage limits are for collision, comprehensive, uninsured/under-insured motorist coverage, loss of use, loan/lease payoff, towing, personal property, umbrella, and buying online coverage.
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You may not be able to trust the insurance companies but you can trust our firm. We have been given an A+ by the Better Business Bureau for our ethics and service record. All initial case evaluations and consultations are complimentary. You will speak with and meet an attorney. You will not incur any legal fees or costs for our time and assistance unless we win your case. The Orange County personal injury lawyers at DiMarco | Araujo | Montevideo are available to meet at our Orange County office, your home, or hospital room Monday – Friday 8:30am to 5:30pm. Our attorneys and staff are also available all other times, including evenings, Saturday and Sunday, by appointment. If you cannot come to our office, our insurance bad faith lawyers in Orange County will come to you. Our top-notch reputation is known throughout Orange County. Call our firm any time of the day or night at (714) 783-2205 for a free consultation.
Our firm can protect your rights and ensure proper insurance coverage.