May14

Justice Delayed

insurance company bad faith call

There is an old saying that says “justice delayed is justice denied”.  Unfortunately, the lady with the blindfold had an unfortunate meeting with the Coronavirus.  It is patently evident that justice will be denied here for a while.  The court system is backed up but will recoup as everything else gets kind of back to normal.

But, as in other circumstances, someone’s misfortune is someone else’s opportunity.  Once again, I must stress insurance companies are not your friend and may, as soon as they get back to some type of medium to full staff, be calling you.  If you have a pending case and you are not represented by an attorney, the insurance companies will call you direct. The middle and upper management of those companies know that many people are suffering from economic problems and no doubt they will try to settle cases and they will try to settle them as cheaply as possible.  That is why, very often, calls will be made within 3 or 4 weeks of Christmas knowing that people are looking for money; likewise, 2 or 3 weeks after the New Year.

The writer of this article knows from first-hand experience as both an adjuster and claims supervisor.  So, the advice here is that if you are contacted, which you will be, we would suggest you consult with an attorney before you sign anything or do anything.  The company may even send you a check with a release knowing that if you have the dollars in your hand, you may be tempted to sign right then.  If you remember one thing, they are not here to help you.

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