Insurance & Bad Faith Litigation
Insurance & Bad Faith Litigation
Insurance touches nearly every aspect of complex civil litigation. We partner with insureds and other lawyers to represent policyholders whose own liability insurance companies or third-party insurers (i.e., the at-fault parties’ insurance company) have denied coverage or refused to protect their insureds through settlement.
Insurance policies are contracts–while you are committed to paying your premiums, the insurance company is committed to providing you reasonable coverage. If your insurer delays, denies or discounts your claim, it may be in breach of the contract.
We also represent companies whose insurance carriers have denied coverage and exposed them financially and other insurance carriers who have lost money as a result of another carrier’s bad faith conduct.
Our insurance practice has resulted in more than $120 million in recoveries over the last five years alone.
Premier Insurance Bad Faith Lawyers in the Midwest
For over forty years, Bartimus Frickleton Robertson Rader has been one of the country’s premier law firms representing people who have been harmed through the wrongful conduct of others.
We fight big insurance corporations in high-stakes litigation. Our lawyers advocate for policyholders who are not receiving the coverage to which they are entitled or are otherwise subjected an insurance company’s improper tactics. We leverage our resources and expertise to help our clients renew hope, rebuild their lives, and restore what has been lost.
We apply our decades of experience working with insurance companies to negotiate–and, if necessary, litigate–our clients’ claims. We have experience in a wide range of insurance policies and use our reputation to redress wrongs and get our clients the benefits they have paid for.
Additionally, we often assist other law firms in navigating complex insurance litigation issues and work with companies facing liability and other insurance carriers that have been exposed to financial loss when another insurance carrier fails to perform its obligations in good faith.
Settlement on behalf of school bus driver whose insurance company improperly denied coverage after an accident
Confidential bad faith settlement
Insurance Bad Faith Settlement
How it Works
The attorneys at Bartimus Frickleton Robertson Rader understand your case is your only case. Our process always starts with getting to know you, your family, and your story.
This happens at an initial free consultation. When we agree to take on your case, we are agreeing to devote the time, resources, and expertise necessary to fight back against the deep-pocketed insurance companies and achieve the best possible result.
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When an insurance company acts in bad faith, the civil justice system allows the policyholder who has suffered damages at the hands of their insurance company to seek relief through litigation. In addition to the amount of money that the original claim was worth or the amount of coverage afforded under the policy, an insurance company that has acted in bad faith may be required to compensate the policyholder for other losses caused by the initial denial of benefits.
The skilled attorneys at Bartimus Frickleton Robertson Rader take pride in representing individuals and companies that have been taken advantage of, misled, or otherwise wronged by large insurance corporations that attempt to avoid responsibility and improve their bottom lines. Our team can help you determine the value of your case as well as the options that are available to you, and most importantly, will help you navigate the often complex and contentious process of resolving an insurance bad faith legal dispute.
In one recent example, Bartimus Frickleton Robertson Rader was retained to represent a school bus driver whose insurance carrier wrongfully denied him coverage after an accident that resulted in the death of a 6-year-old boy. When the bus driver was charged with involuntary manslaughter for his negligence, his primary insurer and excess insurer hired a criminal lawyer to represent him in the criminal matter. That lawyer advised the bus driver to plead guilty. When the family of the boy refused to settle for less than the policy limit, the insurers decided to use the threat of a coverage denial to force the family to accept a much smaller settlement. When the family stood its ground, the insurers actually denied coverage to the bus driver.
Kip Robertson and Jim Frickleton represented the bus driver. They established that the policy did, in fact, provide coverage for the bus driver and that both insurers owed him a duty to act in good faith. After developing extensive evidence that both carriers had acted in bad faith, Kip and Jim secured a settlement in the amount of $13 million, which the driver used to satisfy his obligations to the boy’s family.
In another recent engagement, Bartimus Frickleton Robertson Rader represented two convenience store and paintball facility co-owners. A patron of the paintball facility injured his eye and filed a lawsuit against the owners; the insurance company denied coverage, claiming the policy only covered the convenience store. A large judgment was entered against the owners, who were now solely responsible for its payment.
They retained Kip Robertson and Jim Frickleton to pursue claims against their insurer for acting in bad faith. Kip and Jim ultimately settled the case for $2 million, which was twice what the insurance company would have paid had it honored its $1 million insurance policy. This settlement allowed the paintball facility owners to fulfill their obligations to the injured party.