Dealing with insurance companies can be a lengthy and frustrating process. Whether you’re making a claim against another driver or on your own policy, you may have to deal with delay and disappointment. Having a knowledgeable insurance claim attorney on your side can certainly help. At The Hope Law Firm, PLC, our attorneys have decades of experience in litigation with insurers that require a bit of extra persuasion to settle fairly with claimants. We’re ready to assist you with your insurance claim needs.
Contact our West Des Moines law firm for your insurance claim disputes
After an auto accident, it can be difficult to deal with unmotivated claims adjusters. But a call to The Hope Law Firm, PLC can help move your claim along. To schedule your free evaluation, call (515) 298-5056 or contact us online.
Under Iowa law, an auto insurance policy must have the following minimum coverage:
- $25,000 for the injury or death of one person
- $40,000 for the total of personal injuries or deaths
- $15,000 for property damage
As you can see, these amounts are not sufficient to reimburse a seriously injured person involved in a car accident for medical expenses, lost earnings, and pain and suffering. It is also not enough to replace an expensive car. Responsible drivers who have the means should carry higher levels of insurance to cover liabilities and protect their personal assets in the event of a lawsuit.
It’s always easier to get compensation when the at-fault driver is insured. Often, the fact that a driver is uninsured or underinsured indicates an inability to pay the premiums. If that is the case, the person may be unable to pay your claim. But, it’s possible the driver simply has a cash-flow problem due to unemployment, and there may be assets, such as a home, you could attach in a lawsuit. However, lack of income might have nothing to do with it: The driver might be uninsured because a poor driving record, possibly including DUI convictions, or a suspended or revoked license, has made it impossible to secure insurance at any price. If you carry uninsured motorist coverage, you can make a claim on your own policy. In theory, this should be easier, but it often puts drivers in conflict with their own insurers.
When you purchase an insurance policy, your insurer promises to process your claims in good faith, meaning honestly and fairly. There is no definitive rule about what constitutes bad faith, but here are some strong indicators:
If you have doubts about whether your insurer is dealing fairly with you, contact an attorney who’s well-versed in insurance claims disputes.
Insurance companies answer to their shareholders, not claimants. That means they’ve got a strong interest in limiting your recovery so they can maintain profitability. Retaining an attorney early on sends a strong signal that you intend to receive the full measure of compensation to which you’re entitled.
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