Insurance Disputes Arising from Low Settlement Offers and Lengthy Delays – When Should You Contact an Attorney?

Web Admin - Thursday, September 08, 2016

Rolling Meadows insurance dispute lawyersConsumers purchase insurance to protect themselves from loss after an accident, illness, or tragedy. Some are even required, such as auto insurance. Yet, every day, there are people who find that insurance payouts are not easy to obtain and never guaranteed. In fact, despite having substantial evidence of their loss, many find themselves victimized by insurance companies. They receive low offers and experience lengthy delays that put their financial future at risk. Can an insurance dispute attorney help? The following information may be able to offer some perspective.

Understanding the Nature of Low Settlements, Delays, and Denials

Often, consumers are taken aback by the complications arising out of an insurance claim. They have paid their premium religiously and expected fair treatment – that their claim would be paid in full. After all, the insurance is supposed to cover losses experienced by their clients, right? Sadly, what most consumers do not know is that insurance companies are businesses, and like most businesses, they are focused on making money, not losing it. So, rather than safeguard their clients, they find ways to deny claims. They impose stressful and lengthy delays, hoping consumers will take a lower offer, simply because they are tired of waiting for compensation. In short, they are more concerned with protecting their bottom line than the well-being of their clients.

How Can an Attorney Help, And Do You Need One?

Not every consumer is entitled to full compensation after an accident, illness, or injury. If, for example, an auto accident occurs and the fault is shared between the policyholder and another driver, the settlement amount may be lower. However, you may not be as responsible in the accident as the insurance company claims. Their investigators usually examine your case with a bias, searching for any information that will rule in their favor. In other instances, the delays and low offers may be a matter of trying to settle for a lower amount, keeping more of your money in the pocket of the insurance provider. How can you tell the difference?

While claimants often suspect they are being offered a low settlement or experiencing unnecessary delays, but it usually requires an evaluation from an insurance claims dispute lawyer to tell for certain. So, if you have any doubts that your claim is being handled fairly, be sure to contact one with your case. They step in and negotiate with the insurance companies, ensuring your rights as a consumer are protected. They negotiate the most favorable settlement possible. Further, an insurance dispute attorney can help prevent or dispute a wrongful denial of your claim.

Contact Our Experienced Insurance Dispute Lawyers

At Drost, Gilbert, Andrew & Apicella, LLC, we protect the rights and interests of our clients. We fight against the injustices they experience during the insurance claims process and assist them in seeking the compensation that they deserve. Our Rolling Meadows insurance dispute lawyers make you and your case our top priority. Ask how we can help with your insurance dispute case by scheduling a consultation. Call us at 847-934-6000 today.

Ken ApicellaAbout the Author: Attorney Ken Apicella is a founding partner of DGAA focusing in the areas of personal injury, employment, insurance coverage disputes, and civil litigation. Ken earned his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law in 1999. He has been named a SuperLawyers Rising Star and a Forty Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch. Ken has written and lectured for the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education and regularly serves as a moderator at Northwest Suburban Bar Association's Continuing Legal Education seminars.


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