West Virginia Insurance Bad Faith & Fraud Lawyer


What is insurance bad faith? When an individual purchases insurance coverage with an insurance company, the insurance company has the legal duty to comply with the terms of the insurance agreement and to deal fairly with the policyholder. While this may seem logical and clear, insurance bad faith can be quite difficult to prove. It is for this reason that experienced, successful and aggressive legal representation is of the utmost importance in handling a bad faith claim. The West Virginia Law Firm of Tiano O’Dell has more than 20 years of experience helping clients recover compensation for their injuries and losses.

Insurance Bad Faith Practices Include

Anyone that has an insurance policy should be treated with fairness. The insurance company should comply with the terms of its own agreement. There are some obvious signs of insurance bad faith. While one or two may suffice, there are often numerous tactics that insurance companies use to avoid payment, including the following:

  • Not responding to an insured’s claim
  • Delaying in the response of a claim
  • Denying payment without actual cause
  • Failure to properly assess damages
  • Failing to settle a claim for the proper amount due
  • Repeatedly and unnecessarily asking for additional estimates, reports, or other paperwork
  • Requesting unreasonable documentation of any kind
  • Utilizing fraudulent means of compiling damage estimates
  • Withholding information that insured has a right to see or possess
  • Threatening not to pay claims for irrelevant reasons
  • Not complying with insurance industry standards
  • Numerous other reasons that amount to nonpayment, delay of payment or partial payment

Compensation for Insurance Bad Faith

If you believe an insurance company acted in bad faith in regard to a claim, it is advisable to seek legal advice from an experienced West Virginia insurance bad faith attorney. In your consultation you will have the opportunity to review the facts of your case with a Tiano O’Dell attorney. This is the first step to better understand the proper course of action to follow. If Tiano O’Dell accepts your case, there will be no legal fees unless we recover a settlement or court award. The compensation that may be available to a successful claimant may include:

  • The correct compensation and/or settlement of your insurance contract
  • Consequential damages may include physical and/or emotional pain and suffering
  • Punitive damages may be attainable in those cases where the insurance company acted in an extreme, excessive, reckless, egregious or deceitful manner
  • Each case is different and will be decided upon its own merits

Complimentary Consultation with West Virginia Insurance Bad Faith Attorney; No Fees Unless We Win Your Case

Tiano O’Dell offers a complimentary case review which will enable you to ask questions to better understand your legal options. The founders of Tiano O’Dell, William Tiano and Tony O’Dell have been named as Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the American Trial Lawyers Association. They have also been designated as West Virginia Super Lawyers. Their clients have given them a perfect 5.0 rating – indicative of their professionalism and client dedication. While most cases are settled out of court by skillful negotiations, Tiano O’Dell will not hesitate to seek a verdict in a trial. Their goal is to help you receive the compensation that you deserve – as well as to hold the responsible party accountable for their negligent or egregious conduct. There are no fees unless we win your case. To schedule your case review, contact Tiano O’Dell at 304-720-6700.

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