When you purchase an insurance policy, the company that sells it to you has an obligation to fulfill the promises made within the policy regarding coverage, just as you have an obligation to pay your premium in a timely manner.
You trusted your insurance company. You made those monthly payments because you believed that they would be there for you when you needed them. Then you filed a valid claim, and they denied it.
Having an adequate insurance policy is something that can provide you with more confidence and put your mind at ease because you can secure some form of support and protection in case you are involved in certain accidents. However, if you are struggling with getting the full benefits out of your insurance policy in California because they are refusing to honor the terms of your agreement, you could be facing a difficult battle.
Most people in California have at least one type of insurance policy in their name but it is not uncommon to hold multiple insurance policies. These might include some combination of automotive insurance, homeowner's insurance, renter's insurance, health insurance, life insurance and disability insurance. Regardless of the type of policy and what it is designed to cover, it is reasonable for you to expect that the insurance company will appropriately protect and compensate you when you have a legitimate claim. Unfortunately, this does not always happen.
When making a homeowners' insurance claim, you trust the company you work with will find a satisfactory resolution to your problem. However, this is not always the case. Insurance claims are often denied, or pay out less than you're expecting. Nerdwallet explains some of the steps you can take to dispute a denied insurance claim.
Californian residents like you rely on your insurance for vital, every-day things. This can include medical procedures, medication, routine doctor visits, and other things that your life and well-being rely on. When insurance companies refuse to honor their policies, it can be a huge blow.
Bad faith occurs when one party of a legal contract acts dishonestly to avoid fulfilling his or her contractual obligation. Bad faith may also occur when one party enters a legally binding agreement without any intention or the means to fulfill it. California, like most other states, recognizes an "implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing," which means that a party injured by the bad faith dealings of another may sue the offending parties for damages that result from the bad faith actions. Many parties across many industries are guilty of bad faith, but those within the insurance industry are particularly notorious for bad faith dealings.
You purchase insurance policies to protect you and your family in California from the consequences of a life-changing disastrous event. All too often, however, we at Pillsbury and Coleman have seen insurance companies go to great lengths to protect their profits and pay as little as possible on insurance claims. Sometimes, insurance companies may even turn on the very people they are supposed to protect by making false accusations of insurance fraud.
When you purchased your home about 10 years ago it was the home of your dreams. Like so many other responsible homeowners, the first thing you did was purchase a home insurance policy. However, recently, the home of your dreams was damaged and needs to be repaired. When you call to notify your insurance carrier of the damage, they inform you they are not responsible and will not pay for the damage and that you will have to pay for the repairs. What do they mean they will not pay? What can you do about it?
Some insurance companies offer lifetime disability benefits. They usually come at an additional fee (or premium) and are attached to the policy as an "endorsement" or "rider" to the policy. But not all lifetime coverage is created equal. Some policies - usually those that were issued in the 1980's or 1990's - merely continue your benefits for life without any restrictions or limitations. Benefits under these policies can even increase over time pursuant to a Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) provision. These policies offer the broadest possible coverage. Other policies are not so generous. Their coverage may be contingent on when you become disabled or the type of disability that you are suffering from. For instance, some policies provide reduced benefits if you are disabled after age 60. Others provide for reduced benefits if you are disabled as a result of a sickness rather than an injury. The point: it pays to read your policy and know your rights.