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Bad Faith Insurance

Insurance is usually a simple proposition: you pay a money, a “premium,” to a company that promises to pay you a different sum of money if you or your property sustains certain types of damage. In the case of auto insurance, if you have an accident your insurance company will replace your car and pay for certain expenses such as medical bills that you or someone else might have as a result of the accident. Your home insurance will pay for a new house if your current residence is destroyed or home insurance might protect you if someone trips and falls while visiting you.

There are also times when you and your insurance company disagree about who is responsible for what expenses. Most of the time these disputes can be worked out by negotiations or other measures. However, there are other times when the insurance company seems to be stalling on payment of your claim or otherwise acts in a manner that suggests it will not pay what you feel is a legitimate claim that is covered in your policy. In this case you might feel that your insurance company is acting in “bad faith.”

Bad Faith

In New York, an insurance company that has agreed to the terms set down in a policy is expected to act in “good faith and fair dealing” with its policyholders. The courts have defined bad faith on the part of an insurance company to be “a deliberate or reckless failure to place on an equal footing the interests of its insured with its own interests when considering a settlement offer.” If a company is acting in bad faith it may be sued in court.

Examples of behavior that the courts have been found to be in bad faith include:

  • putting its financial well-being ahead of that of the claimant
  • unreasonable refusal to pay a claim
  • failing to reach a prompt, fair and equitable settlement when its liability is apparent
  • making unfounded accusations of fraud or deceit

There are many other examples of bad faith that have been accepted by the courts. Since many of these are based on legal theory and are better explained by an attorney practicing insurance law.

Should You a Bad Faith Claim Against an Insurance Company?

If you are considering filing a bad faith lawsuit against an insurer, the court will want to be satisfied that you complied with, to the best of your ability, all the provisions that were set forth in your policy such as:
  • filing your claim promptly and within the time limits provided for in the policy
  • using only the insurance company’s claim forms
  • submitting receipts for out of pocket expenses that are reimbursable
  • not engaging in fraudulent claims
  • providing the agreed-upon number and types of estimates
  • participation as required in all reasonable settlement meetings and negotiations

There may be other requirements that the court will set but, as long as you can prove that you have met or have made every possible effort to meet the policy’s stipulations, most courts will be satisfied and the burden will be shifted onto the insurance company to prove that it was not engaging in bad faith activities.

A feature that is present in a bad faith lawsuit that is not always present in other legal actions is that you can also sue for your attorney’s fees and other costs as well as ask for the court to award consequential damages, which are damages to the plaintiff that were a consequence of the defendant’s bad faith in breaching the insurance policy’s terms. This type of request should be made only after consultation with a lawyer who is familiar with insurance law and the civil laws of the State of New York.

As mentioned above, the bad faith concept as it relates to insurance claims is still evolving in the New York courts and the state legislature. Any claim of bad faith should be discussed with an attorney who has experience in all aspects of insurance law.


Charle Butler
Charle Butler
2021-03-12
I was hesitant to hire the Spodek Law Group. I read reviews and knew they have a great reputation. However, I thought I would spend money and not see or speak to my attorney. From the beginning to end of my case Todd and the entire staff were available and willing to help. We worked towards and end result that was way above my expectation and Todd delivered. I am forever grateful for patience and long days and night spent working on my case. Thanks Todd and the entire team!
Mesonista parsons
Mesonista parsons
2021-03-05
My attorney at Spodek was Abigail. She was very knowledgeable and helpful with all my questions and concerns, as well as responsive. Her fees are affordable and Abigail took the time to make sure I understood everything relating to my case. I highly recommend Abigail and will request her services in the future.
debabrata chakraborty
debabrata chakraborty
2021-03-03
Todd A Spodek is the experienced and best criminal lawyer at USA. He is very professional and always respond on time. Alex also very cooperative and always help me. They took care me and my problem like family member. I am 100% satisfied for their professional service. My result was unexpected and amazing. They dismissed my case. I am really grateful to them. I will recommend you to go there if you want to solve your problem. I wish all the best for them.
Asata Hendricks
Asata Hendricks
2021-03-02
Truly appreciate the work the guys did!. Exceptional team & I know they care about each and everyone of their clients. I am super thankful to be referred to Spodek Law Group and I am grateful Todd & Alex were able to work diligently to achieve an outcome I am pleased with. Despite COVID they stayed on top of things and kept me informed every step of the way. Very thankful.
Mike Moroff
Mike Moroff
2021-02-26
I'm very satisfied with the services rendered by Todd, Alex and Mary Lou. I whole heartedly recommend Spodek Law Group . I've worked with and have retained other attorneys in the past with Todd's firm being the cream of the crop for many reasons. A very serious legal matter was resolved after a year's hard work and effort. Todd expertly guided me through the process and was able to navigate and make the good journey bearable as well as successful. Mary Lou initially provided excellent assistance before referring my case to Todd. Alex's support was effective and timely. The customer portal (MyCase) is an invaluable communication tool that also kept track of my case. Various aspects of my case were explained and there were several options provided but I made the final decision of how the case would be handled. The legal fee was reasonable considering the effort and amount of work plus it was a flat fee regardless of the length of time required to conclude my case. Todd made himself available to me and we had many scheduled meetings to go over the progress and to discuss the next steps. I felt more confident after many discussions with him. You will not go wrong choosing Spodek Law Group for legal matters.
Josh Katz
Josh Katz
2021-02-24
Being that it was the first time that I was in need of an attorney, I was afraid and hesitant and knew I needed the absolute best. It is beyond understood why Spodek Law Group has a reputation of being the top, if not the best law firm in New York. Alex and Abigail were there every step of the way even at the most unconvenient hours. I could not have asked for more. They are extremely good at what they do and they delivered much much more than just winning my case. A big thank you to Alex and Abigail for all the guidance and counseling and their upmost loyal support that extended far more than just legally. If you need the absolute best than don't hesitate to hire Spodek Law Firm.
L.C.
L.C.
2021-02-24
I cannot tell you how thankful I am to Todd and Alex for their hard work and dedication to my case. I had never been in any trouble before but I had an unfortunate event occur and in the midst of COVID-19 at that therefore I knew I needed a team that was dedicated to my success. Today- my case has been finalized and I’m walking away with no record and can continue life as a mother and a Grad student worry free. I cannot express enough gratitude for their assistance.
AnnMarie Soliman
AnnMarie Soliman
2021-02-23
I received a summons and called Spodek law group for a free consultation. Alex took my call and was very quick and responsive. He was available anytime through multiple platforms and very reassuring when needed. They are extremely organized and thorough. They got my case dismissed! I’m very grateful. Thank you Alex and Todd!

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