California Insurance Bad Faith Questions & Answers

Q: Small Claims Court plaintiff loss

2 Answers | Asked in Contracts and Insurance Bad Faith for California on
Answered on May 3, 2018
William John Light's answer
The winning party can recover costs. That would include, for a defendant, the fee for filing an answer, and possibly a court reporter, if they requested one.

Q: Since California Small Claims court has a $10,000 limit, I am inquiring if I have sufficient cause to file a case.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Insurance Bad Faith for California on
Answered on May 2, 2018
William John Light's answer
You haven't posted any details about your case. No one can evaluate without facts.

Q: I contacted my insurance company a few days about about a claim - how long do they have to get back to me?

1 Answer | Asked in Insurance Bad Faith for California on
Answered on Apr 27, 2018
William John Light's answer
The California Department of Insurance (CDI) published "Fair Claims Settlement Practice Regulations" under Title 10 of the California Code of Regulations.

Section 2695.5 sets out limits insurers must comply with when adjusting claims:

When an agent or other insurance representative receives a claim, that claim must be immediately tendered to the insurer;

Within 15 days of Notice of a claim, the insurer must acknowledge receipt AND provide the insured with all necessary...

Q: The claim process has been going on for a while - at what point is it considered too long

1 Answer | Asked in Insurance Bad Faith for California on
Answered on Apr 6, 2018
William John Light's answer
Depends on the facts of the claim, the type of insurance policy, the amount of your claim, the proof you have submitted, the amount of your cooperation, whether you have an attorney, etc.

Q: In Car Accident In Rental Car No Insurance

3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents, Insurance Bad Faith and Personal Injury for California on
Answered on Mar 12, 2018
William John Light's answer
Driving without insurance in California is a violation of California Vehicle Code Section 16020–16033.

First offense: Minimum fine of $100. Additional fees and penalty assessments will result in a total fine of about $450.

Second or subsequent offenses can result in fines totaling between $900 and $2,500.

Potential impound of your vehicle.

Potential suspension of your driver's license.

Also, you may have a personal injury claim. If you are driving...

Q: Rented car: damaged and claimed responsible for full payment even though so many things were not right?

2 Answers | Asked in Insurance Bad Faith for California on
Answered on Feb 18, 2018
William John Light's answer
Your agreement with Turo will govern. You should read it.

Ordinarily, the renter is responsible for damage to the vehicle during the term of the rental. If you have liability or comprehensive coverage of your own, you should notify it of the claim. If you don't have that coverage, you can try to dispute the charges by showing that the vehicle you rented was not in proper condition and that you were required to get the car washed for safety purposes. However, there doesn't seem to be...

Q: I want to go to small claims court to the Insurance co. Do I tell them to take me or do I file to take them.

1 Answer | Asked in Insurance Bad Faith and Small Claims for California on
Answered on Jan 30, 2018
William John Light's answer
You would probably wait to get sued and defend yourself with evidence of the alleged fraud: photos of the cars, the parking lot, comparative quotes for repair of damage, witnesses, etc.

Q: MY insurance denied my claim. How do I go about appealing the decision?

1 Answer | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law, Civil Litigation, Insurance Bad Faith and Insurance Defense for California on
Answered on Jan 22, 2018
John Karas' answer
Sounds like your insurance company doesn't believe you regarding the theft.

If you are unfairly denied the benefits under the policy, you sue the insurance company for bad faith.

Q: Can you sue your medical coverage insurance company

1 Answer | Asked in Insurance Bad Faith for California on
Answered on Jan 19, 2018
William John Light's answer
Talk to an ERISA attorney.

Q: Proof of Loss. What do I fill in after/do I leave blank "...or received indemnity therefore except as follows:"

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Collections, Insurance Bad Faith and Consumer Law for California on
Answered on Jan 19, 2018
William John Light's answer
It sounds like if you have received payment from anyone for any of your losses, you would itemize those payments in that space, but it's hard to say without reading the entire document.

Q: I am currently in Escrow and had the inspection done. We noticed trees that we believe to be on our property

1 Answer | Asked in Insurance Bad Faith, Land Use & Zoning and Real Estate Law for California on
Answered on Jan 12, 2018
William John Light's answer
This is a common legal question, and the answer is that the tree owner is liable under trespass and private nuisance theories (in most cases, at least). Whether you, as new property owner are liable, is something a a real estate attorney should be retained to evaluate. It may be something that can be passed on to the prior owner, but it appears to be an obvious and open condition, so it might be difficult to claim that it wasn't disclosed, and you purchased the problem with the house....

Q: Do I have to attend a PQME appointment if my attorney file a DOR petition to withdrawal representation? thank you all.

2 Answers | Asked in Employment Law, Workers' Compensation, Insurance Bad Faith and Legal Malpractice for California on
Answered on Jan 5, 2018
William John Light's answer
You'll get better answer by calling some WC attorneys and speaking directly to them.

Q: Where do I even start with a bad faith claim against my home insurance company?

1 Answer | Asked in Insurance Bad Faith for California on
Answered on Dec 19, 2017
William John Light's answer
Get a certified copy of the policy from your adjuster. Assemble all of the correspondence and emails to/from the adjuster. Assemble all of the items that constitute proof of your claim/damages. Call an attorney with experience in insurance matters.

Q: What can you do if you suspect that your insurance company is unreasonably handling your insurance claims?

1 Answer | Asked in Insurance Bad Faith for California on
Answered on Dec 1, 2017
William John Light's answer
Ask for a copy of your claims file and a certified copy of your policy and have it reviewed by insurance coverage/bad faith counsel.

Q: What's the threshold for holding insurance companies accountable for actions made in bad faith? What do I need to prove?

1 Answer | Asked in Insurance Bad Faith for California on
Answered on Nov 3, 2017
William John Light's answer
There are a number of different legal theories that can result in a finding of "Bad Faith". The jury instructions are linked below:

https://www.justia.com/trials-litigation/docs/caci/2300/2330.html

https://www.justia.com/trials-litigation/docs/caci/2300/2331.html

https://www.justia.com/trials-litigation/docs/caci/2300/2332.html

https://www.justia.com/trials-litigation/docs/caci/2300/2333.html

However, if you are doing this yourself, you have already...

Q: I just lost my home and everything I own due to the wildfires in Santa Rosa. Insurance company is asking for a lot!

2 Answers | Asked in Insurance Bad Faith and Insurance Defense for California on
Answered on Oct 13, 2017
Gerald Barry Dorfman's answer
Unfortunately, that won't do it, although you may be able to handle the necessary paperwork in a way that takes a lot less time than you anticipate. The amount of coverage really doesn't determine the amount of your claim, except to put a cap on it. Of course, if you have $400K in coverage, own the home outright, and can demonstrate the value of the home vastly exceeds the policy limits, that could work. Then, you would not have to bother with a contents claim. So sorry for your loss.

Q: AAA breaking insurance code requirements in California

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Insurance Bad Faith and Insurance Defense for California on
Answered on Sep 30, 2017
Salim U. Shaikh's answer
How long you were maintaining insurance policy. You will find a renewal (automatic) clause prior to expiry date which they are bound to inform you. You should have received a bill for the renewal and in case of your denial or cut off date they may take advantage of termination of their liability, etc. You mean non-renewal due to increase in points lead to unilateral termination is an issue to be raised through a lawyer around you.

Q: agent said he could not determine coverage till he talks to my wife 2 hours later,a letter of denial! Bad Faith suit?

1 Answer | Asked in Insurance Bad Faith for California on
Answered on Sep 27, 2017
William John Light's answer
Impossible to say. You haven't described the nature of your insurance claim, the type of policy, the reason for the denial of coverage, or what your wife told the agent (adjuster?).

Q: If I accepted an insurance settlement without understanding all of my legal options, can I claim I was under duress and

1 Answer | Asked in Insurance Bad Faith for California on
Answered on Sep 19, 2017
William John Light's answer
Probably not. You had plenty of opportunity to consult with an attorney before you even made a claim, before you entered negotiations, before you signed. Anything is possible, though. Speak to some PI attorneys in your area to discuss the particular facts.

Q: 25+ YR 60' retaining wall built incorrectly per original plans, falling apart. Can original contractor insurance be sued

1 Answer | Asked in Construction Law and Insurance Bad Faith for California on
Answered on Sep 2, 2017
William John Light's answer
No. There is a 10 year statute of limitations on latent defects. Also, although the wall deviated from plans, it would be hard to argue that a wall that lasted 60 years was defective.

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