What proof do you need for bad faith insurance?
If you have recently suffered damage on your property as a result of hail and then filed a claim with your insurance company only to discover that they would not support the claim, or provide you with information over the course of its management, it can be very difficult to decide what your next steps should be.
Unfortunately, Texas is known for having serious hailstorms that can wreak havoc on businesses, cars and homes. With the weather being unpredictable, hail damage can be catastrophic and extremely sudden.
Hail may be a very common cause of property damage throughout Texas and you may assume you are well within your rights to contact your insurance company after you've sustained damage. A bad faith insurance claim may result in any situation in which a victim was underpaid or unpaid as a result of damage to their property.
If you believe that you have provided the appropriate information to the insurance company and that they have not given your case the attention or care it deserves, there’s no doubt you’re frustrated. When the insurance company crosses the line into bad faith actions, however, you may have legal grounds to go file suit. Having the right attorney to help you with this process is very important. Handling a bad faith claim on your own could prove problematic. Insurance companies are well-versed in how to handle these situations and have large, in-house teams of lawyers ready to argue.
Bad faith cases can take a long time to settle or move through the court system and it also requires significant evidence in order to support your claim that bad faith did actually occur. In order to do this, you need to consult with an attorney as soon as possible.
In the event that the insurance company is found to be guilty of bad faith, it will be liable for the attorney fees for the insured as well as the claim money that is owed out to them. You are responsible for illustrating that the insurance company should have acted in a different manner and chose not to do so and that this compromised the integrity of your claim. If the insurance adjuster, for example, never came out to your property and took video or picture damage of the hail problems on your property, or if the insurance adjuster or claim manager failed to keep you informed over the duration of the case, you may be eligible to pursue a bad faith insurance claim.
Given that the law is extremely complex and there are numerous moving parts in a legal claim like this, you need to identify an attorney who has extensive experience in this field to assist you with filing an official claim. Trying to handle things on your own may put you up against an insurance company that has an experienced and knowledgeable legal team.