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Insurance company's bad faith tactics lead to $1.8 million verdict

We have mentioned weather and property insurance before. Here in Minnesota, the weather is a huge part of our life. It is extreme and punishing, but it also gives this state part of its charm. When the weather turns, it can damage or destroy homes, boats, cars and other pieces of property that we hold near and dear to our hearts. So it is especially heinous when an insurer fails to uphold their basic responsibility to their clients.

This happened in Texas where a man who happens to be an attorney was left high and dry by his insurer after a storm in 2012 damaged his home. He says his insurer didn't fulfill their end of the bargain when he submitted a claim, with the insurer either underpaying or denying parts of the claim.

The man sued his insurer and only just recently received justice. His case went to court and a jury decided that he should be awarded $1.8 million due to his insurer's bad faith tactics.

It's a story that has a happy conclusion, but it is important to remember that not all of these events turn out in such a positive way. Far too many insurance companies hope that their bad faith tactics go unrecognized or unchallenged by their clients.

Don't let this happen to you. If your insurance company is pushing back against your claim or not fulfilling part of your claim in an unreasonable manner, contact an attorney immediately.

Source: The Monitor, "Jurors award nearly $2 million in lawsuit against insurer," Lorenzo Zazueta-Castro, Feb. 13, 2017

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