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Should You File for Tort Damages in Your Insurance Bad Faith Claim?

Fighting an insurance claim denial is hard enough, but when the insurer isn’t playing fair, you might be understandably even more frustrated and at a loss on how to proceed. California is a consumer-friendly state and has a lot of protections in place for the average Californian going up against a corporate behemoth like... Read More »

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Identifying a Bad Faith Insurer

In the state of California, insurance companies are obligated by law to deal fairly and honestly with their policyholders. This obligation is known as the duty of good faith and fair dealing. Unfortunately, not all insurance companies live up to this standard. Identifying a bad faith insurer can spur you to take action to... Read More »

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Landmark Cases That Have Shaped Bad Faith Insurance Law in California: Egan v. Mutual of Omaha Insurance Company

In our last post, we reviewed Comunale v. Traders & General Insurance Company, a landmark case from 1958 that shaped the beginning of bad faith insurance law in California. Today we look at another case from the California Supreme Court that addressed a very specific duty of insurance companies – to conduct a proper... Read More »

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Comunale v. Traders & General Insurance Company

The legal landscape of insurance bad faith law has evolved over the years, with pivotal cases serving as milestones that define the rights and obligations of insurers and insureds. One landmark case that has had a significant influence on bad faith insurance law in California is Comunale v. Traders & General Insurance Company. This... Read More »

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Understanding Accidental Death Life Insurance

Accidental death life insurance is a specialized policy that covers death resulting from sudden and unforeseen accidents. Unlike regular life insurance, it doesn’t cover death from natural causes or diseases. Examples of accidental deaths that are commonly covered include car accidents, fatal slips and falls, or accidents involving heavy machinery. This specificity makes accidental... Read More »

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California’s Controversial Estate Recovery: A Class-Action Challenge Looms

The estate of a deceased nursing home patient, Theodosia Phillip, has spearheaded a class-action lawsuit against the State of California, alleging that the California Department of Health Care Services unlawfully recovers amounts from the estates of deceased Medi-Cal beneficiaries that significantly surpass the actual health care services costs. The State initially sued Phillip’s estate... Read More »

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How Can I Improve the Odds of Getting My Life Insurance Claim Paid?

Life insurance can be a vital safety net for your family in the event of a tragedy. However, getting a life insurance claim paid isn’t always straightforward. Below we discuss some of the reasons why life insurance claims get denied, along with some tips that might help you get the payout that was bought... Read More »

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California Supreme Court Slams the Door Shut on Negligence Lawsuits Against Insurance Companies Offering “Medicare Supplement” Policies

On July 13th, the California Supreme Court handed down a landmark ruling with significant implications for Medicare Advantage enrollees across the state. In the case of Quishenberry v. UnitedHealthcare, Inc., the court ruled that individuals insured under a Medicare Advantage (MA) plan are limited to federal remedies when pursuing claims against MA organizations. This... Read More »

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Unfair Practices in the Business of Insurance: Is Your Insurance Company Acting in Bad Faith Toward You?

As a policyholder, you expect your insurance company to act in good faith and honor its obligations when you file a claim. Unfortunately, not all insurance companies prioritize their policyholders’ interests. Some engage in unfair practices, wrongfully denying claims or delaying payments. California has laws in place to protect policyholders from unfair practices, although... Read More »

Prudential Illegally Denied Hundreds of Life Insurance Claims, Federal Investigation Finds

Prudential Illegally Denied Hundreds of Life Insurance Claims, Federal Investigation Finds Attorney Robert S. Gianelli was featured in a recent article on the legal news, information and blog website Law Commentary. The article discussed the results of a Department of Labor investigation which found that Prudential Financial had unlawfully rejected more than 200 life... Read More »

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