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1 Answer | Asked in Insurance Bad Faith for Illinois on
Q: The person who caused my accident's car insurance won't cover any costs for pain and suffering. Is this legal if I

suffered severe injuries?

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Oct 15, 2018

It isn’t uncommon for carriers in such cases to defend their position rather than to concede and pay the damages you seek. Consult with an Illinois personal injury attorney who could examine the facts of your accident, your injuries, and the no-pay position, and advise you of your options, which... Read more »

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Q: I am a beneficiary on my friends life insurance. they need her medical records how do I get those released? she was not

the policy is under 2 years old so medical request was sent by insurance company but osf would not release them

T. J. Jesky
T. J. Jesky answered on Sep 9, 2018

Something does not make sense to me. If you a new beneficiary, why does the Insurance Company need your friend's medical records. You would think that they would want your information.

That being said, a only the patient, or his/her legal representative, may inspect and/or obtain a copy...
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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Insurance Bad Faith for Illinois on
Q: Do I have a choice of which body shop to get my car repaired if the other driver was at-fault?

I was rear-ended and the other person's insurance accepted full liability. However, the amount they will only pay for body shops in their network or send a check for the cost of their estimate, which is about $400 less than what my body shop estimates for the repairs. Their estimate is based off of... Read more »

T. J. Jesky
T. J. Jesky answered on Sep 8, 2018

Based on your own discussion, it sounds if you do have choice. They will send you a check that does not cover the entire cost based on your choice of body shop. Let me recommend that you use one of the shops in their network, so you will have nothing out-of-pocket. I believe you know that this... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Insurance Bad Faith for Illinois on
Q: I was double parked without my hazards on and go rear ended

-- the other person's insurance company still has to pay for my repairs, right?

Christian Lassen
Christian Lassen answered on Apr 2, 2018

If they don't, small claims court or your own insurance are options

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Family Law, Insurance Bad Faith and Probate for Illinois on
Q: My sister got my dads lifeinsurance and told me she would gave me 4300 but has stopped all commuincation without sending

I have messages and witnesses that will say she was going to give me almost 4,400 and now has stopped talking to me and has not sent any money to me. I live in chicago il she lives in evansville in. Is there any way to recover the money she promised me

James G. Ahlberg
James G. Ahlberg answered on Mar 5, 2018

Probably not, unless (a)you were named as a beneficiary of the policy, or (b)she agreed to give it to you in exchange for something from you. Since you didn't mention these, it seems they don't apply.

Instead, it sounds like your sister promised to make you a $4,300 gift but changed her...
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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Insurance Bad Faith for Illinois on
Q: About a claim through State Farm that a company did for me on my house and got 30% of the adjusted money.

Pioneer Adjusting Firm (didn't no there contractors too) did a claim on damages to my house (expected inside from old leaky roof). I told the guy who came out here and got me signed up for the adjustment, that I was only looking to collect the money for the damages done to the house, that's... Read more »

Steve McCann
Steve McCann answered on Feb 14, 2018

Based on the facts provided, it seems that you contracted with Pioneer Adjusting Firm to perform what is called public adjusting services. There are strict rules and regulations that govern the manner in which public adjusters can do business in Illinois, and it sounds as though there may have... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Insurance Bad Faith for Illinois on
Q: Was in an accident a month ago - what's the standard time the insurance agency should get back to me?
Steve McCann
Steve McCann answered on Feb 2, 2018

It depends on whether or not you are referring to your insurance company, or another driver's insurance company. If you are referring to the latter, there is no standard time to get back to you, as they owe you very little duty. In addition, either insurance company is likely going to take... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Insurance Bad Faith for Illinois on
Q: Why do insurance adjusters say that they can resolve my case without involving an attorney?
Steve McCann
Steve McCann answered on Jan 12, 2018

Insurance adjusters technically can settle your case without involving an attorney. In fact, that is what they prefer because they would prefer to take advantage of non-represented parties. That being the case, I would highly recommend consulting with an attorney prior to accepting any form of... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Insurance Bad Faith for Illinois on
Q: How can I prove insurance bad faith was a factor in my past claim denials?
Steve McCann
Steve McCann answered on Dec 8, 2017

The answer to your question is extremely technical and fact specific. That being the case, I would highly recommend organizing everything you have in your possession related to this situation, including denial letters and insurance policies, and consulting with an attorney individually. A... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Insurance Bad Faith, Consumer Law and Criminal Law for Illinois on
Q: what are my legal options when an employee of my public adjuster stole the insurance check from my mailbox

When I finally chased down where my check was I was informed that this now former employee had it and that he had quit a week and half ago. The company took no action of informing me and tried to tell me that sometimes checks are sent to their office, which is a violation of the law and I double... Read more »

Steve McCann
Steve McCann answered on Sep 26, 2017

Has the employee cashed the check? If so, this is a matter to take up with the police, as that would be a felony. If he has not cashed the check, then I would recommend organizing all information relevant to this situation, and consulting with an attorney individually. The public adjuster and/or... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Insurance Bad Faith for Illinois on
Q: I need help with an accident claim.

My truck was rear ended by a motorcycle a few days ago, he was found at fault and cited. He was the owner of the bike but his girlfriend (passenger on bike) was the insurance policy holder. The only injury was to him and his passenger (road rash) According to the insurance company, they want me to... Read more »

Steve McCann
Steve McCann answered on Sep 25, 2017

Based on the limited facts provided, they are attempting to take advantage of you, as you should not have to pay for vehicle damage if you were not at fault of the accident. I would highly recommend consulting with an attorney individually immediately. Do not make another statement to an insurer... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Insurance Bad Faith for Illinois on
Q: The insurance company is taking forever to pay out a settlement they said I'm owed. How long can they sit on my money

before I'm allowed to take them to court and get a judge to force them to send it to me?

Steve McCann
Steve McCann answered on Sep 12, 2017

It depends on the terms of the settlement agreement. Assuming you had an attorney when negotiating the settlement, I would recommend consulting with him or her in regards to a deadline for payment. If you did not have an attorney, now may be the time to hire one.

2 Answers | Asked in Insurance Bad Faith for Illinois on
Q: I got into an accident and the other party's insurance company is requesting money for damages I know didn't occur at

the time of the collision. How do I fight this?

Steve McCann
Steve McCann answered on Aug 30, 2017

I highly recommend consulting with an attorney immediately. A knowledgeable attorney will represent your interests throughout the entirety of the dispute. Do not make any more statements to the insurance company until you speak with an attorney.

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4 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents, Insurance Bad Faith and Personal Injury for Illinois on
Q: Is it normal for adjuster to send details to my boss about an open claim to pressure me to settle?

I was injured when rear ended by an uninsured motorist while driving a company vehicle. I'm currently going back and forth with my company's insurance. The adjuster keeps threatening to close the claim, trying to pressure me into signing the release. Recently, he sent an email to my supervisor... Read more »

Steve McCann
Steve McCann answered on Aug 4, 2017

I would highly recommend stopping what you are doing, and hiring a personal injury attorney immediately. Do not say another word to the insurance adjuster until you do. This is a common tactic engaged in by insurance adjusters that are not represented by an attorney, as they will never take you... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Insurance Bad Faith for Illinois on
Q: I was in a car accident and knocked down a fence.

The insurance company says I owe a lot more than I think I do to repair it. What should I do here?

Drew Ball
Drew Ball answered on May 16, 2017

There are simply not enough facts provided to properly answer. In general, if you think it is less, then you should find reliable support for your belief.

2 Answers | Asked in Insurance Bad Faith for Illinois on
Q: Was at fault in a car accident - is it the insurance company's responsibility to defend me or should I hire a lawyer?
Robert D. Kreisman
Robert D. Kreisman answered on May 5, 2017

Assuming you have liability and collision coverage, your insurance company will hire an attorney to represent you.

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1 Answer | Asked in Insurance Bad Faith for Illinois on
Q: I got lowballed on a settlement. Where do I go from here?
Robert D. Kreisman
Robert D. Kreisman answered on Mar 11, 2017

Assuming you have an attorney representing you, the next step in cases where insurance companies make "low ball" offers (which by the way happens very often now) is to file your lawsuit and let a jury make the determination as to what is fair and reasonable for your damages. That is the leverage... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Insurance Bad Faith for Illinois on
Q: Is there a legal time limit an insurance agency has to pay me for a settlement related to a car accident?
Steve McCann
Steve McCann answered on Feb 20, 2017

It depends on the nature of the release you presumably have signed, but it can be anywhere for 14-90 days depending on whether or not you were represented by an attorney.

2 Answers | Asked in Insurance Bad Faith for Illinois on
Q: I was involved in an accident with a big rig and their insurance rep came to the scene and was taking video.

Is that allowed?

Steve McCann
Steve McCann answered on Jan 27, 2017

Yes, based on the limited facts provided, that is allowed. Have you filed a claim against the insurance company for damages? In any event, I would recommend consulting with an attorney prior to taking any further action. A knowledgeable attorney will guide you through the entire recovery... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Insurance Bad Faith, Insurance Defense and Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: I received a no insurance ticket in illinois but i had insurance just no proof, I still have proof what do I do?

I was in my mothers vehicle. I was an insure driver on the vehicle. I was pulled over for a broken taillight. The ticketing officer told me to show my proof of insurance to the county clerk no sooner than 7 days and no later than 30 days and they would return my license. On day 27 I went to the... Read more »

Jason A. Wilkins
Jason A. Wilkins answered on Jan 24, 2017

Hello Asker,

First of all, this is quite old so you will certainly want to hire an attorney for this case as it will require a motion to vacate the judgment. Typically, the court will not entertain a motion on a case older than two years and they prefer them to be within 30 days. Seeing...
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