Insurance Company Ignores Arbitrator
In a class example of “deny, delay and defend,” an auto insurance company refused to settle the claim of a mother and her two daughters who were T-boned back in October 2004.
Four years later, when an arbitrator awarded a total of $93,000 for the family’s injuries, the insurance company chose to continue to stonewall the claim until the case finally got to trial with a verdict in January 2010. Though on the eve of trial, the defense admitted negligence and offered to pay the arbitrator’s award, the jury returned a verdict of $283,000.
Though the defendant had hit the family’s van so hard that it threw it into the median, where it eventually knocked over a palm tree, the defense contended that the victims really shouldn’t have been injured in the crash. They also argued that they should have gotten well within a few months.
To support their frivolous defense, the insurance company hired an Oakland doctor to testify for them in Riverside, and paid him $9,000. In a published case against the Paul Revere Life Insurance Co., which had used the defendants’ doctor, the doctor was found to was found to be a biased examiner. The Paul Revere Life Insurance Co. was then ordered to pay more than $7 million for their bad faith in using the doctor to deny disability claims.
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