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Can You Sue an Insurance Company for a Bad Faith Claim?

Most people have insurance to protect them during their time of need. From property damage to car accidents, insurance is available to cover virtually any type of incident and provide peace of mind for the future.

But when you actually need to file a claim, insurers often make it extremely difficult for policyholders and may even take advantage of their insured. If you are having problems resolving a claim and feel that your insurer is not acting in good faith, contact our New Orleans insurance bad faith lawyer immediately.

Contact our insurance bad faith law firm and let us know more about your insurance dispute by calling (504) 509-5177.

At LaHatte Law, we are dedicated to helping New Orleans policyholders find efficient and effective resolutions to their insurance claims. We have successfully resolved a wide range of claims from the nation's largest insurance companies.

Our Metairie Bad Faith Insurance Lawyer Can Help

Our insurance claim dispute law firm can represent policyholders in claims involving first party claims for property damage as well as third party claims such as automobile accidents. Whether your claim is for hurricane damage, fires, lightning, or you have a car accident claim, we are here to help. We can also assist with life insurance claims.

Strong Advocacy for Bad Faith Insurance

Insurance policies are essentially contracts. By law, insurance companies have a duty to investigate and process claims in a timely and reasonable manner. Failing to do so is a breach of the insurer's duty to the policyholder.

Examples of bad faith insurance practices for a homeowner's insurance claim:

  • Failing to pay a valid claim within a reasonable amount of time
  • Failing to allow the appraisal process to take place in a timely manner
  • Failing to sufficiently document a claim
  • Failing to pay the policyholder adequate additional living expenses
  • Failing to pay sufficient payment or using an unusually high degree of depreciation when issuing payment

Our law firm is well-versed in many of the complex bad faith laws in Louisiana and we have an in-depth understanding of how insurers handle claims. We can review your insurer's actions and help you determine whether you have a bad faith insurance claim.

How to prove a Bad Faith Insurance Claim in Louisiana

Louisiana allows policyholders to file a claim against insurers for bad faith tactics if you can prove several elements.

A successful bad faith insurance claim must be able to show that the following are true:

  • A policyholder submitted a valid claim with sufficient proof of losses and damages
  • The insurer failed to pay the policyholder within the statutory time frame (usually within 30 days)
  • The insurer’s failure to pay was arbitrary and without probable cause

If your claim against your insurer is successful, you may be able to recover your due damages, reasonable attorney fees, and other additional damages or penalties in some cases. Your insurer is not above the law, and we can make sure they are held responsible for their unethical tactics.

Holding Insurance Companies Accountable

We can help you hold unscrupulous insurance companies responsible for their actions. As a policyholder who keeps up with your premium payments, you deserve to be treated fairly. LaHatte Law can provide aggressive, effective bad faith insurance representation to New Orleans and across Louisiana.

Call our New Orleans insurance bad faith lawyers at (504) 509-5177 or send us a message online!

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