- Elements of a Bad-Faith Insurance Claim
Posted on: August 25, 2021
Federal and state laws require insurance companies to treat their clients in good faith, meaning in an honest and reasonable attempt to resolve the claim. Unfortunately, insurance companies are for-profit businesses that often engage in practices that are designed to save them money. These include b...Read More »
- Contract Law Versus Tort Law
Posted on: August 10, 2021
The different types of law are distinct from one another. Each type has its own rules and regulations. For example, contract law often involves business disputes, while tort law deals with negligence and injuries. There are situations, however, where two or more areas of law can intersect. What Is ...Read More »
- 5 Things an Insurance Company Doesn’t Want You to Know About Bad Faith Claims
Posted on: July 15, 2021
If you get injured in an accident or your property is damaged in a natural disaster, recovering fair financial compensation requires dealing with an insurance company. Unfortunately, many insurance companies choose their own profits over the good of their clients. This can lead to challenges in obta...Read More »
- What To Do If Your Insurance Company Is Underpaying You
Posted on: July 8, 2021
After a disaster leaves you with physical injuries and property damage, the last thing you might expect is your insurance company making it unreasonably difficult to achieve a fair settlement. Unfortunately, insurance companies are notorious for mishandling claims and using various tactics to underp...Read More »
- Reasons for Health Insurance Claim Denial
Posted on: June 22, 2021
Having an injury or illness that requires professional medical treatment is distressing enough. If you submit a claim with your health insurance company for coverage that gets denied, you can face even more stress and financial hardship. You may be able to file an appeal to get the insurance company...Read More »
- First-Party vs. Third-Party Bad Faith: What’s the Difference?
Posted on: June 10, 2021
During an insurance claim, an insurance company has a legal and ethical obligation to treat you fairly as a claimant. If the insurance company carelessly or intentionally mishandles your claim, it is guilty of insurance bad faith. If you are the victim of bad faith, you may be entitled to financial ...Read More »
- Can Insurance Companies Be Held Liable for Delaying an Injury Claim?
Posted on: May 23, 2021
Filing an injury claim should not mean waiting for an insurance company as it unnecessarily delays processing or payout. Unfortunately, insurance companies will try many tactics to avoid paying claims, including unnecessary or unethical delays. If an insurance company is intentionally delaying an in...Read More »
- Understanding Underpaid Home Insurance Claims
Posted on: May 10, 2021
If your home or property gets damaged from a storm, fire or another event, a homeowners insurance claim can provide the funds you need to restore and rebuild. Unfortunately, insurance companies often try to protect their profits by undervaluing and underpaying claims. As a claimant, it is critical t...Read More »
- What If I Disagree With the Adjuster on My Property Insurance Claim?
Posted on: April 30, 2021
If an incident occurs that damages your home or property, you may assume your homeowners insurance company will be there to pay for your repairs. Unfortunately, insurance companies and their claims analysts – known as insurance claims adjusters – are notorious for undervaluing repairs and wrongf...Read More »
- Claim Denials Due to Lapsed Life Insurance
Posted on: April 15, 2021
With a life insurance policy, you pay an insurance provider a premium every month in exchange for financial benefits for your family if something should ever happen to you. A valid life insurance policy that is up-to-date on its payments will give your beneficiaries financial security if you pass aw...Read More »
- Understanding Your Long-Term Disability Policy
Posted on: March 30, 2021
If you suffer a debilitating injury that makes you unable to work, you may qualify for long-term disability (LTD) insurance coverage through your employer or a personal insurance plan. LTD coverage can help you pay the bills after an injury that permanently takes you out of work. Unfortunately, d...Read More »
- How Long Does It Take to Get Disability Insurance Benefits?
Posted on: March 15, 2021
If you are eligible for disability insurance benefits, you likely hope to receive your first check as soon as possible so you can pay your bills and provide for your family. Unfortunately, it is common for insurance companies to delay payments – both for valid and invalid reasons. If you are exper...Read More »
- Limits of Health Insurance Coverage
Posted on: February 19, 2021
Health insurance coverage for medical expenses is not unlimited. It may surprise you to find that your health insurance coverage has certain limits, exceptions, and benefit caps. The more you know about what your health insurance does and does not cover, the more you can protect yourself from unwelc...Read More »
- Short-Term vs. Long-Term Disability Insurance
Posted on: February 12, 2021
Suffering an injury that temporarily or permanently takes you out of work can lead to significant financial stress for you and your family. You may be eligible for short-term and/or long-term disability insurance benefits to help bridge the gap between your former income and what you make now. Find ...Read More »
- How to File a Business Interruption Claim for COVID-19 With State Farm
Posted on: January 14, 2021
Yours is not the only business suffering because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Millions of businesses across the globe are facing immense financial hardships due to government restrictions on shopping indoors, as well as strict regulations and stay-at-home orders. As the novel coronavirus outbreak conti...Read More »
- Filing a COVID-19 Business Interruption Claim With Farmers
Posted on: January 7, 2021
COVID-19 has substantially affected businesses. Forced closures and government regulations such as shelter-in-place orders have diminished the number of customers and sales, putting many businesses in extremely precarious positions. If you own a business and are struggling to make ends meet during t...Read More »
- How to File a COVID-19 Business Interruption Claim with Nationwide
Posted on: December 11, 2020
Millions of businesses have had to temporarily shut their doors due to the COVID-19/coronavirus pandemic. Some had a small break when regulations across the country eased, but a second wave of restrictions is now underway as COVID-19 cases surge. Shutdowns and sharp decreases in sales for the better...Read More »
- Does Business Interruption Insurance Cover Payroll?
Posted on: December 4, 2020
Business interruption insurance is a type of policy that can cover a company’s financial losses after an event or disaster, such as a fire. This insurance can keep a business afloat if it has to shut its doors during reconstruction or renovations. A business can recover damages such as missed reve...Read More »
- What Is Concurrent Causation?
Posted on: November 21, 2020
Not all property damage results from just one cause. In many cases, multiple causes occur at once to contribute to damages incurred. This is referred to as concurrent causation in the insurance world. An example is storm damage from both wind and flooding. In this case, the client would technically ...Read More »
- How Could Concealment Affect Your Insurance Claim?
Posted on: November 10, 2020
The average injury insurance claim comes with issues and complications that make it more difficult to obtain fair compensation for the client’s losses. If you get injured in an accident in Arizona, approach the insurance process with caution. One problem to look out for is the possibility of conce...Read More »
- Disability Eligibility for Workers Laid Off During COVID-19
Posted on: October 14, 2020
The law may entitle you to disability insurance benefits if you cannot continue working due to a personal injury or illness. The novel COVID-19 pandemic has led to many questions for those who are out of work due to the illness. Insurance providers have not always made it clear whether or not they w...Read More »
- COVID-19 Insurance Fraud & Scams
Posted on: October 7, 2020
The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has made many major changes in the world and your personal life. You may be feeling vulnerable after losing your job, getting sick or caring for a loved one with COVID-19. Unfortunately, some people wish to take advantage of this vulnerability to profit. Organizat...Read More »
- How Long Does it Take for an Insurance Company to Pay Out a Claim?
Posted on: September 8, 2020
After an accident, you will typically be responsible for paying for your own medical bills and property damages until the insurance company settles your claim. It can be difficult to wait to receive your payment, especially when you are not sure how long the wait will be. The timeline for settling y...Read More »
- Communicating Effectively With an Insurance Company
Posted on: September 1, 2020
Slogans and commercials from insurance companies might make you think they are on your side…until it comes time to file a claim. Insurance companies have one main goal—to save their investors money. Insurance companies profit by using tactics to minimize payouts for clients. It is important to t...Read More »
- What Is a Loss Payable Clause?
Posted on: August 17, 2020
Read the fine print on an insurance policy carefully to understand exactly what to expect should a claim arise. Your policy may contain several clauses or provisions that alter your rights or options after suffering a loss. One of these provisions might be a loss payable clause—a standard endorsem...Read More »
- What Is Substandard Insurance?
Posted on: August 10, 2020
Insurance is an important investment that can provide peace of mind for an individual and his or her family. Although most people are eligible for different types of insurance, not everyone is a prime candidate. With life insurance, for example, some applicants may have health issues or histories th...Read More »
- Business Interruption Insurance Terms to Know
Posted on: July 17, 2020
Businesses are suffering amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Lack of foot traffic, governmental health regulations, shelter-in-place orders, and social distancing guidelines have made it difficult or impossible for many businesses to continue operating. Business interruption insurance is one possible soluti...Read More »
- Can COVID-19 Lead to a Workers’ Comp Claim in Arizona?
Posted on: July 14, 2020
With the number of COVID-19 cases constantly on the rise, more employees are wondering about their rights if they contract the virus while at work. Normally, workers’ compensation in Arizona covers all occupational injuries and illnesses. During the novel coronavirus pandemic, however, some insura...Read More »
- What is an Insurance Grace Period?
Posted on: June 25, 2020
An insurance grace period is an extension an insurance company may give to a client after he or she misses a payment prior to canceling coverage. It is a set amount of time in which the client will still have insurance coverage despite being in arrears on a payment. An insurance grace period can con...Read More »
- What Should I Do if My Short-Term Health Insurance Claim is Denied?
Posted on: June 16, 2020
Dealing with a health insurance company during a claim can be difficult, especially while you are simultaneously coping with a medical condition. Insurance companies often do not make the claims process easy for clients. They may deny valid claims, unreasonably delay payouts, or use other tactics to...Read More »
- Does Health Insurance Cover Coronavirus?
Posted on: May 26, 2020
The novel coronavirus, also referred to as COVID-19, has taken close to 100,000 lives in the US as of mid-May, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It has put over one million people in the hospital. Aside from health-related fears, many patients also worry about how to affor...Read More »
- COVID-19 and Commercial Property Insurance
Posted on: May 26, 2020
COVID-19, also called the novel coronavirus, has had a substantial impact on the economy. With mandatory stay-at-home orders and closures of nonessential businesses, the US’s economy is reeling from the impact of the virus. The coronavirus is forcing many business owners to seek alternative means ...Read More »
- What is the Doctrine of Utmost Good Faith?
Posted on: April 28, 2020
Dealing with an insurance company can be difficult. You will have to contend with a lot of paperwork, rules and red tape to obtain coverage through an insurance policy. One of the protections you have as a consumer, however, is the legal obligation of good faith. The doctrine of utmost good faith is...Read More »
- Health Insurance That Doesn’t Cover the Bills
Posted on: April 27, 2020
Bloomberg highlights Surrano Law Offices and its efforts to help those with short-term health insurance who have been denied coverage. Click the link below to read the Bloomberg article, and learn how Surrano Law Offices may be able to help you: Surrano Law Offices Takes on Short Term Health I...Read More »
- Should I Purchase Long Term Care (LTC) Insurance?
Posted on: April 24, 2020
Long term care insurance (LTC) is a critical type of insurance for people with health needs such as permanent disabilities, long-term illnesses or the inability to care for themselves. LTC insurance can mean the difference between struggling for care and living comfortably. If you are curious about ...Read More »
- Filing an Insurance Bad Faith Claim in Arizona
Posted on: February 13, 2020
Bad faith is any action or omission from an insurance company that does not come from a good faith attempt to resolve the client’s claim. Good faith is an insurer’s legal and ethical responsibility to treat a claim fairly, reasonably, and within the confines of the law. If an insurance company...Read More »
- What Is Breach of Contract?
Posted on: February 4, 2020
A breach of contract might occur if an insurance company fails to fulfill its end of the terms in your policy. A contract is a legal document, typically written but sometimes verbal, that governs the terms of an agreement between two parties. In Arizona, a breach of contract occurs when one party v...Read More »
- Do Punitive Damages Apply to Bad Faith Claims?
Posted on: January 15, 2020
If an insurance company takes advantage of you and engages in bad faith tactics, you could suffer the consequences. Bad faith could rob you of the settlement amount your injuries demand or lead to further damages while you wait for an unfairly delayed payout. An insurance company handling your cla...Read More »
- Choosing the Right Insurance Bad Faith Attorney in 2020
Posted on: January 15, 2020
Combatting an insurance company’s unfair or illegal tactics during your injury claim may take help from an insurance bad faith attorney. Insurance companies have plenty of experience minimizing payouts and taking advantage of clients. You will need to know how to navigate claims adjusters, contra...Read More »
- ERISA Vs. Non-ERISA. What’s the Difference?
Posted on: December 26, 2019
If you own a business, you may hear the terms ERISA and non-ERISA. These are two different types of retirement plans you could offer your employees. An ERISA plan is one you will contribute to as an employer, matching participants’ inputs. ERISA plans must follow the rules of the Employee Retirem...Read More »
- 6 Tips to Finding a Trusted Insurance Provider
Posted on: August 26, 2019
Not all insurance carriers are created equal. Some engage in practices known as bad faith. Every insurance company has a legal duty to treat clients in good faith, meaning they must act honestly and fairly when handling claims. Bad faith insurance could involve tactics to get out of paying claimant...Read More »
- An Insurance Agent’s Responsibilities
Posted on: January 16, 2019
When you speak with an insurance agent, you trust that he or she will act in your best interest. Under state and federal regulations, government bodies obligate insurance brokers to act in your best interest, if you are an insurance purchaser. Depending on their state, insurance agents must uphold a...Read More »
- Why Do Insurance Companies Delay Claims?
Posted on: December 30, 2018
Insurance companies are for-profit businesses that function by selling paid promises of coverage for specific events. For example, a driver pays for auto insurance that covers damages in the event of an accident, and the premiums that driver pays fluctuate based on his or her perceived risk level. I...Read More »
- Why Do Insurance Companies Act in Bad Faith?
Posted on: December 28, 2018
It is crucial for all insurance policyholders to remember that insurance companies are in business to make money. No matter how an insurance company presents itself, the company is ultimately a for-profit organization that will attempt to avoid paying out on claims whenever possible. Insurance compa...Read More »
- What Is Duty to Defend?
Posted on: December 13, 2018
When an insurance policy covers a policyholder, certain situations exist in which the insurer has a duty to defend an insured party. It is essential to understand the elements of the duty to defend when it comes to insurance coverage. A Phoenix insurance bad faith attorney can help an insured party ...Read More »
- What Is a “Sole Cause” Provision?
Posted on: November 20, 2018
Many accident liability insurance policies have very clear guidelines as to which events may qualify for claims. One issue that may cause problems for claimants is the concept of a “sole cause” provision. A sole cause provision may state something like, “this policy covers an accidental injury...Read More »
- Things Your Insurance Company Doesn’t Want You to Know About Bad Faith Claims
Posted on: October 18, 2018
A bad faith insurance claim can help an injured person recover after an unwarranted denial of a valid insurance claim or other acts of bad faith from insurance companies. An insurance policy is essentially a paid promise that an insurer will cover events and provide compensation within the scope of ...Read More »
- What Is the Difference Between Term, Whole Life, and Universal Life Insurance?
Posted on: July 16, 2018
Life insurance provides you with peace of mind and your loved ones with financial stability in the event of your death. Life insurance is essential for retirement planning and those with growing families, but the multiple types of life insurance can make finding a policy confusing. The three type...Read More »
- Failure to Cooperate With Insurance Company
Posted on: May 7, 2018
One of the strategies an insurance company may use to avoid paying a claim is alleging that a claimant failed to cooperate with the insurer. Insurance companies will try anything to get away with denying, delaying, or underpaying policyholders’ claims. Maximize your odds of compensation by prevent...Read More »
- What Happens When a Life Insurance Policy Is Unclaimed or Unpaid?
Posted on: July 13, 2017
When a policyholder passes away, insurance companies don’t always take it upon themselves to search for surviving beneficiaries. Although insurers have access to death records, they often don’t take notice of policyholder deaths and delay payouts as long as possible – until the beneficiary mak...Read More »