About Gianelli & Morris
Gianelli & Morris has been holding insurance companies responsible and protecting insured rights since 1979
At Gianelli & Morris, we are a California law firm based in Los Angeles that concentrates our practice in the area of insurance law. We represent insurance policyholders statewide who are not receiving the benefit of their policy due to misconduct or mistreatment by the insurer. Our firm has been focusing on insurance law for more than 40 years, and over that time, we have helped countless individuals get the benefits they need and deserve at a critical time in their lives. Over four decades in practice, our attorneys have acquired the knowledge and experience and honed their skills so that we are ready to take on even the biggest insurers and the largest class action claims. We strive. We fight. We win.
Why we do what we do
People buy different kinds of insurance for different reasons – health insurance to cover costly medical bills, life insurance to pay off a mortgage and pay for a funeral and other final expenses, or long-term disability insurance to replace vital income when a health issue cuts a career short unexpectedly. No matter what kind of insurance we purchase, all policies basically work the same: We pay a monthly premium for coverage, and in the event a covered event does occur, we expect to receive benefits under the policy.
Unfortunately, another feature common to all types of insurance is that insurance companies don’t always come through for the policyholder. They pay less than they owe. They deny claims and disclaim coverage. They delay claims for unreasonable periods, causing deep financial losses or irreparable harm. Sometimes, they cancel policies outright just to avoid paying claims. These actions aren’t right. They are unfair and illegal, and our firm is here to do something about it. California laws exist to protect individuals and families from unfair treatment by the faceless giants and massive insurance corporations. The lawyers at Gianelli & Morris are here because they believe in fairness and standing up for people, and they are not afraid of a fight. Justice demands that insurance companies honor the commitments they made to you, and if ensuring justice for the policyholder means taking those insurers to court, then so be it. You are entitled to fairness and to get what you paid for, especially when critical matters of life or health are involved. That’s why we do what we do.
Our firm can help you with insurance disputes regarding a variety of matters
Insurance Bad Faith – Insurance companies are obligated to deal with you fairly, but instead they prioritize their own profits over providing you with the coverage you paid for. Insurance companies are entitled to investigate and only pay valid claims, but when they act with the intention to deny your claim, this is an improper motive that amounts to bad faith. Bad faith insurance practices can include denying your claim without giving (or having) a good reason, unreasonably delaying action on your claim, making innumerable requests for information and documentation they don’t really need or canceling your policy just to avoid paying the claim.
Health Insurance Denials – When doctors recommend a procedure that may be costly, insurance companies deny coverage out of hand without reviewing the merits of the procedure in your particular case. They’ll say the procedure is experimental or investigational, even if it’s been around for years, reviewed in medical journals and approved by the FDA. The insurance companies want to say your procedure isn’t medically necessary or another treatment will do just as well, but it isn’t always their decision to make. We’ve taken the nation’s biggest insurers to court over numerous procedures. Through individual lawsuits and class actions, we let the courts decide when the insurance company refuses to act appropriately. Some of our successes include:
- Tumescent liposuction for lipedema
- Microprocessor prostheses
- Excess skin removal following bariatric surgery
- Breast reconstruction surgery
- Artificial disc replacement
- Proton beam therapy to treat prostate cancer
Life Insurance Denials – Applicants for life insurance must disclose details about their health history and lifestyle. If the insurance company later finds out the application was false or incomplete, they have a window of time to cancel (rescind) the policy and return the premium payments made to-date. Learning of a problem on the application is one thing, but scouring the application years later for the sole purpose of denying a claim is bad faith. Another common tactic is claiming your policy lapsed at some point in the past due to nonpayment of premiums, although the first time you hear about it is when you make a claim. Insurers may also make interminable requests for information you don’t have or cannot get.
In addition to claim denials, life insurance disputes may also center around the amount of premium required to keep a policy in force or the proper payment of dividends as promised. If you are having problems with your life insurance company, the attorneys at Gianelli & Morris can help you resolve them.
Long-Term Disability Insurance – LTD coverage can be a godsend if your career is cut short by disability, but when it comes time to apply for benefits, policyholders often find the insurance company is none too eager to pay. They’ll challenge the medical evidence of disability not once but repeatedly, and they’ll argue over what your coverage actually entitles you to. Disability insurance policies are complex documents. We’ve dealt with these policies and know how to read them, interpret them, and get them enforced.
Unfair Annuities – Deferred annuities are marketed and sold as valuable investment tools, but they may be loaded with hidden costs that devalue the policy and hidden charges that were never properly disclosed. Insurance agents oversell annuities on promises of high returns that never materialize. We help people who lost their hard-earned money to unfair annuities sold through fraudulent or shady business practices.
A California Law Firm that Takes on the Biggest Insurers
At Gianelli & Morris, we have successfully pursued cases against Anthem, Blue Shield, Kaiser, Aetna, CIGNA and many others. Our attorneys have represented single individuals and class actions in the thousands. We are familiar with individual and group policies, and the complex issues of employer-based policies governed by ERISA.
Attorney Robert Gianelli and his team of lawyers have decades of experience in California law and have helped shape the landscape of California insurance law in key areas. Our AV® rated team is knowledgeable, driven to succeed, and 100% dedicated to representing consumers in disputes with insurance companies. We know the tricks these companies play and have significant expertise in California insurance law. With our outstanding reputation and expertise in insurance law, we can provide the results-driven representation you need to help you today and in the future. Join the many other individuals who have successfully come to us for help with resolving or settling their claims.
Contact our office today to schedule your first meeting with us at absolutely no cost to you!