You're Not Always In Such Good Hands With Your Insurance Company
People want to believe their insurance company will take care of them when it comes time to file a claim. The truth is, though, when you file against your homeowner's policy, underinsured motorist policy (UIM), or uninsured motorist policy (UM), your insurance company will treat you just like every other claimant. They will try often to deny or minimize your claim. Their bottom line suddenly becomes more important than treating you like a good neighbor.
Your insurance company owes you a duty of good faith in handling your claim. If they fail to negotiate in good faith, we can sue not only for the underlying claim, but for bad faith and punitive damages.
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The Hughey Law Firm has experience filing claims for clients seeking money damages for coverage disputes and claims denials with their own insurance companies. We aggressively represent people in all types of claims, including:
- Uninsured motorist claims
- Underinsured motorist claims
- Homeowners and renters insurance claims
- Denied claims / appeals
- Bad faith insurance practices
- Life insurance claims
- Refused coverage
Denied Life Insurance Claim? You Have The Law On Your Side
In South Carolina, a life insurance policy, like any other policy, "has to be liberally construed in favor of coverage." Torrington Co. v. Aetna Cas. and Sur. Co., 264 S.C. 636, 216 S.E.2d 547 (1975). If your claim was denied or canceled, here are some of the legal options we can pursue on your behalf.
- We may elect to treat the policy as still in force, and let the validity of the cancellation or repudiation await until the policy is payable and sued on.
- We may sue in equity to set aside the cancellation, and to have the policy declared to be valid and in force.
- We may maintain an action at law to recover damages for the wrongful cancellation or repudiation.
Why Was Your Claim Denied?
It is important to remember that the law is almost always construed in favor of the policy. The insurance adjuster will find every technicality to show that your claim was inflated or that the policy did not cover your specific circumstances. Some companies practice in bad faith, denying or delaying claims, hoping you will just give up. Just because it's your own policy doesn't mean you don't need an aggressive fighter on your side.
Can You File Against More Than One Policy?
Yes, you can often stack coverage to file for money damages against another party's policy in addition to your own. This is often the case when you suffered injuries or financial losses by a criminal act. We look for every available money option for our clients.
Our Insurance Claims Experience
Members of our team are former insurance defense attorneys. We know the strategies insurance companies use to deny claims and will fight back aggressively with creative, effective strategies.
Contact us to discuss the circumstances of your claim against your own insurance company. We offer a free initial consultation and handle many cases on contingency of recovering damages, and you would owe no fees or costs unless we recover.
*Fees are calculated before expenses. We will discuss our fee policies when we meet. From our offices in Mount Pleasant, we represent clients throughout the Charleston metro region and communities throughout South Carolina and Georgia.