Has your insurance company been responding slowly or disputing proven facts about your case? Our personal injury lawyer in Sarasota can address these and other bad faith behaviors to get you the payment you need.
At Ged Lawyers, we want to make sure that everyone in Sarasota gets the chance to recover fair compensation without having to jump through unnecessary hoops. Our Sarasota bad faith insurance lawyer can handle your case and fight for a just payment. Call us today to get started with your free initial consultation.
Can Our Bad Faith Claims Attorneys Protect You Against Insurers?
It is our job to keep insurers in line and do everything we can to get our clients the money they need to cover what they lost. If you hire us right away after the incident, we may be able to prevent bad faith behavior from ever occurring by:
- Helping you understand what is covered under your insurance policy and what is not—a distinction that can be complicated, as it is with hurricane coverage.
- Communicating with the insurer on your behalf. They may be less likely to try and take advantage of someone who knows about insurance law.
- Collecting evidence regarding the incident. When we have a clear picture of what occurred, we can more readily identify the insurer’s attempts to undervalue or dismiss your injuries.
- Negotiating with the insurance company for a fair settlement. We can represent you at negotiations, keep you informed throughout the process, and help you decide when and if to settle.
- Holding mock trials so we are as prepared as possible to take the insurance company to court, if necessary.
It Is Not Too Late to Hire Our Sarasota Attorney
While it is generally in your best interests to hire our Sarasota bad faith insurance lawyer as soon as possible, hiring a legal representative late in the game is better than not hiring one at all. We can still help you if:
- The insurer has started or completed its investigation
- Your claim has already been denied
- The insurer has made and/or revoked settlement offers
Is Your Sarasota Insurance Provider Acting in Bad Faith?
It can be hard to determine whether your insurance company is acting in bad faith or not. This is because:
- Insurers know they are not supposed to act this way and may try to cover it up
- Some cases are complex or unclear, so the insurer’s slow or hesitant behavior is occasionally justified rather than considered an act of bad faith
- Genuine mistakes or misunderstandings—such as a valid claim getting lost in the mail—do happen and are not always the result of bad faith
- The insurer knows more about insurance matters than you do, so it is easy for them to whitewash or make up convincing excuses for bad-faith behaviors
How the Sarasota Insurance Claims Process Should Go
After an accident or injury, you should file a claim with your insurance company as soon as possible. Once they receive your claim, they should have an insurance adjuster to:
- Begin the investigation within a reasonable time period
- Visit the scene of the incident
- Collect evidence from the scene, from you, and from anyone else involved in either the incident (e.g., the driver who hit you) or the evaluation of your losses (e.g., your doctor)
- Examine all of the evidence they collect in a thorough, competent, and timely manner
If there is any deviation from this routine—for example, if the insurer is slow to respond to your inquiries or if they offer a lowball settlement very quickly—they may not be operating in good faith. Our law firm can assess your situation and tell you what to do.
What Kinds of Insurers Can Act in Bad Faith?
No matter what kind of insurance company you are dealing with, there is the unfortunate possibility that they might not treat you fairly. This is true whether you are filing:
- For reimbursement following a natural disaster, such as a flood or a hurricane that damaged your home or business
- For reimbursement after a break-in or another illegal act that resulted in the loss of valuable personal property
- A claim with another driver’s liability insurance, which they must purchase under Florida Statutes § 324.021, or with your own car insurance
- A claim with your healthcare provider’s insurance after an incident of medical malpractice
Ged Lawyers has confronted bad faith insurers of all types. Now we want the chance to confront yours.
What Can You Do About Bad Faith Insurers in Sarasota?
Bad faith behavior from insurance companies is never harmless. Having to deal with unnecessary doubt or insufficient payouts can:
- Force you to postpone or forego necessary medical care, which in turn can worsen your physical pain and disabling injuries
- Make it hard or impossible for your family to afford necessities
- Cause additional distress and anguish on top of the negative feelings you are already contending with because of the original incident
Filing a Lawsuit Against an Insurer in Sarasota
If anyone, including a big insurance company, causes harm to someone else through negligent action or inaction, the victim has the right to file a lawsuit against them. Such a legal action could get you compensation for things like:
- Property damage
- Medical bills
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
Showing Bad Faith Insurers That There Are Consequences
When an insurance company behaves in bad faith, it is because they have decided that doing so is worth the risk. They have analyzed your situation and concluded that the bad faith behavior is unlikely to be discovered and that it will save them money.
Ged Lawyers fights hard for every client for two reasons: to make sure you get the money you need to move on with your life, and to show Sarasota insurance companies that they cannot get away with mistreating their clients.
Our Bad Faith Insurance Lawyers Represent Sarasota Residents
If you were injured or lost property in Sarasota, our bad faith insurance lawyer can make sure the insurer treats you with respect and handles your case appropriately. Start protecting your rights today by calling Ged Lawyers for a free case review. We have an office conveniently located right in Sarasota, Florida.