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Bad Faith Lawyers

When referring to insurance, "bad faith" is any act in which an insurance company breaches the policy an individual signed in an illegal effort to deny or minimize the claim's payment. In the U.S., instances of bad faith lay the grounds for a legitimate personal injury claim.

As a result, those who suspect they have been victimized by bad faith should attend a free initial consult with an experienced bad faith lawyer. Individuals with a viable bad faith insurance claim can win sizable settlements that compensate them for more than the denied claim's original amount. For those who have a case, many well-trained bad faith insurance attorneys will work on contingency to help alleviate plaintiffs' financial burdens and encourage them to stand up for their legal rights.

Examples of Bad Faith Insurance

Insurance companies can practice bad faith in a variety of manners, including (not limited to):

  • Conducting insufficient investigations
  • Incorrectly defining legal terms
  • Making inadequate settlement offers
  • Refusing to insure an individual without necessary grounds
  • Retroactively altering a policy (without the policyholder's approval)
  • Unnecessarily delaying the processing of a claim
  • Unreasonably interpreting the policy
  • Unreasonably raising premiums

Regardless of how it is done, bad faith insurance practices are all aimed at denying insurance policyholders the money they are owed for legitimate insurance claims. If you have been victimized by bad faith insurance practices, visit a local personal injury law firm to learn more about your legal rights and entitlements.

Insurance Companies Associated with Bad Faith Practices

Various public and private organizations have released lists of insurance companies who are among the most notorious for practicing bad faith. According to the American Association of Justice (AAJ), the top 10 worst insurers - based on their denial of legitimate claims and other, consistent practices of bad faith - include:

  1. Allstate
  2. Unum
  3. AIG
  4. State Farm
  5. Conseco
  6. WellPoint
  7. Farmers
  8. United Health
  9. Torchmark
  10. Liberty Mutual

The non-profit organization known as Fight Bad Insurance Companies (FBIC) has ranked its top 10 candidates for insurers who regularly practice bad faith as:

  1. The Hartford
  2. State Farm
  3. Allstate
  4. Unum
  5. Berkshire Hathaway
  6. can
  7. American Family
  8. AIG
  9. Lumbermens
  10. Assurant Health

Seasoned bad faith insurance attorneys will provide each prospective plaintiff with free, expert advice regarding the best manner in which to pursue his or her case. For those who secure such professional representation, bad faith attorneys will aggressively defend their rights and help them recover the settlements they deserve. Consult an expert bad faith attorney in your area today.

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