Tag Archives: Claims Handling

Insurance Claim Payment Delay Following Expected Disasters is Epidemic

Crawford has acknowledged that the insurance industry it serves is not living up to its good faith claims obligation in a recent publication. Here is the confession about the 2017 Hurricane season which it reported in Today’s Large & Complex Claims Landscape: Preparing for the Perfect Storm: To adequately respond to today’s evolving catastrophe landscape, … Continue Reading

Pennsylvania Unfair Insurance Practices Act

Every state has laws that prohibit unfair, discriminatory, or deceptive insurance practices. These regulations are normally encompassed as statutes or regulations enacted to protect insurance consumers. Pennsylvania has a statute enacted called the “Unfair Insurance Practices Act,”1 This law gives the consumer the right to file complaints against their insurance company to be investigated by … Continue Reading

Insurance Adjuster Makes You Scream in Frustration? Complain About Poor or Unethical Treatment From Insurance Companies

Insurance companies are supposed to have insurance adjusters that are empathetic, professional and ethical when dealing with policyholders and claimants. The first chapter in the insurance treatise, Claims Handling Principles and Practices, has multiple lessons about these obligations. Claims adjusters should not make policyholders scream out of frustration about the service you receive.… Continue Reading

How To File A Complaint With The Puerto Rico Insurance Commissioner Office About Your Delaying, Denying And Bad Treating Insurance Company

It is important for policyholders to know and understand the steps they must complete before filing a complaint when an insurance claim has been delayed, denied and bad treated by an insurance company. As mentioned in a previous post, (please see my blog on this topic published on December 5, 2018: Puerto Rico Approves Amendments … Continue Reading

Puerto Rico: Guide To Unfair Settlement Acts By Insurers During The Adjustment Of Claims

Hurricane season 2019 is officially underway, and so now is the time to take action and prepare before a possible hurricane threat. It’s imperative that policyholders understand the coverage and rights provided under their insurance policy. Therefore, one of the first things a policyholder should do is request a copy of their insurance policy now … Continue Reading

Puerto Rico: Guía De Las Prácticas Desleales Por Aseguradoras Durante El Ajuste De Reclamaciones

Ha iniciado la nueva temporada de Huracanes 2019, y son muchos los preparativos que debemos llevar acabo ante la posible amenaza de un huracán. Es imperativo que los asegurados entiendan la cobertura y los derechos bajo su Póliza de Seguros. En primer lugar, cada asegurado debe solicitar una copia de su póliza de seguros y … Continue Reading

Does an Insurance Adjuster Have Deadlines To Work and Finish My Claim? A California Guide

The California Fair Claims Settlement Practices Act imposes multiple deadlines to respond and report to insureds during a claim adjustment. Knowing and understanding an insurer’s reporting duties and deadlines can speed up the adjustment and payment of a claim. Although a failure to meet a deadline by a day or two may not, in and … Continue Reading

How to File a Complaint with the Colorado Insurance Commissioner Office about your Delaying, Denying and Bad Treating Insurance Company

Appointed by Governor John Hickenlooper, Michael Conway serves as Colorado’s Insurance Commissioner where he is tasked with regulating and monitoring insurance companies and insurance agents in Colorado. With the mission of Consumer Protection, Michael Conway and the Colorado Division of Insurance have streamlined a simple process for insurance consumers to file complaints against insurance companies … Continue Reading

How to File a Complaint with the Connecticut Division Of Insurance About Your Delaying, Denying and Bad Treating Insurance Company

The mission of the Connecticut Insurance Department is consumer protection. The Department carries out its mission by enforcing state insurance laws to ensure policyholders are treated fairly, by providing assistance, outreach, and education to help consumers make sound choices, and by regulating the industry in a fair and consistent manner that fosters market competition for … Continue Reading

How to File a Complaint with the Arkansas Department of Insurance About Your Delaying, Denying, and Bad Treating Insurance Company

The Arkansas state motto is “Regnat Populus” which means “The People Rule.” With the state motto in mind, Arkansas policyholders can seek assistance with their insurance claims through the Arkansas Department of Insurance at www.insurance.arkansas.gov. When a policyholder has been mistreated by having their claim delayed, denied or handled in bad faith, Arkansas provides an … Continue Reading

How To File A Complaint With The Commonwealth Of Massachusetts, Division Of Insurance About Your Delaying, Denying And Bad Treating Insurance Company

The Massachusetts Consumer Service Department responds to inquiries and assists consumers in resolving insurance complaints against insurers, producers and other licensees. Consumer Services also advises consumers of their options and rights under their policies, state laws and regulations. They maintain a database which has an inventory of all written complaints and inquiries received from the … Continue Reading

How to Stop Delay, Deny, Defend

Rutgers insurance law professor Jay Feinman wrote a book, Delay Deny Defend: Why Insurance Companies Don’t Pay Claims and What You Can Do About It, which exposed many insurance company unfair claims practices. In the last chapter of the book, he discussed how we can stop insurance claim wrongful delays and denials.… Continue Reading

Third Circuit Court of Appeals Allows New Jersey Policyholder’s Consumer Protection Claims Against Insurer for Deceptive Claims Handling

In an important New Jersey policyholder decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit recently addressed New Jersey’s Consumer Fraud Act (CFA) and ruled the CFA applies to an insurer’s deceptive claims handling practices as well as the sale of insurance policies.1… Continue Reading

Property Insurance Claims Procedures Should Be Transparent and Uncovered in Market Conduct Studies

Merlin The Moose is a client favorite at the Chicago Merlin Law Group office. We won him at a charity auction last year. He also led me to some creative research uncovering a problem with market conduct studies and the transparency of property insurance claims procedures many insurers keep hidden from their customers and insurance … Continue Reading

In Florida, There Are Penalties For An Insurance Company That Does Not Timely Issue Payment After A Settlement

An overwhelming number of claims are settled on a mutual understanding with respect to the covered loss and the amount necessary to indemnify the policyholder. The question is then: What can a policyholder do if the insurance company is taking an unreasonable amount of time to tender settlement payment. Florida law remains focused on strong … Continue Reading

Claim Handling Requirements by State: Ohio

In states like Ohio where catastrophic disasters are not as common as in other states, policyholders should still understand how important it is to have a claim handled properly. Ohio’s most common disasters are tornadoes, snow, and floods. Although not common, Ohio has been affected by hurricane winds and rain that have reached some areas. … Continue Reading

Claim Handling Requirements by State – Alaska

Hurricane Season will soon come to its end and our attention will shift to other potential risks from nature. For many policyholders in our northern states, heavy snowstorms could be the next threat. That’s why I dedicate this blog to Alaska, known for its heavy snows or blizzards, and for earthquakes, tsunamis, forest fires, avalanches, … Continue Reading
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