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Doyle Raizner Files Bad Faith Insurance Suit Against Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Texas

Mike Doyle

On August 7, 2012, Doyle Raizner filed a bad faith insurance claim against Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Texas, on behalf of a mother who was denied payment for emergency medical care owed to her under her insurance policy.  Despite the plain language of the insurance policy issued by Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Texas, as well as the opinion of the Texas Department of Insurance, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Texas has refused to pay or reimburse doctors for necessary, emergency medical treatment provided during the delivery of her child.

Doyle Raizner frequently handles claims arising from the denial of medical care or payment related to a personal health or life insurance policy.   Doyle Raizner stands with our client in seeking payments owed to her pursuant to the insurance policy that she purchased with her husband.

Doyle Raizner Files Workers' Compensation Bad Faith Lawsuit Against Liberty Mutual

Mike Doyle

Doyle Raizner has filed a workers’ compensation insurance bad faith lawsuit against Liberty Mutual Insurance Company and its adjuster on behalf of an employee who was injured while working in Arizona in 2011.  Liberty Mutual and its adjuster failed to properly and timely pay the injured employee the financial benefits that she was due, even after signing agreements and promising to deliver the uncontested benefits.  As a result, the injured employee was forced to have the Arizona Industrial Commission review her case and issue a citation against Liberty Mutual for its bad faith actions.

Doyle Raizner stands with this injured Arizona worker in seeking justice against Liberty Mutual for its bad faith actions.

Large Hail Storms Pummel Dallas

Jeffrey Raizner

The Dallas-Fort Worth area in North Texas was blasted by violent thunder and hailstorms on June 13, 2012, damaging over 8000 vehicles and more than 3000 homes.  Many businesses lost power during these storms, which were the worst hailstorms in the area in almost a decade.  The areas in Dallas around NorthPark Center mall and the areas surrounding White Rock Lake were hit particularly hard by the baseball-sized hail, as well as Irving and Great Prairie.  Fortunately, there were few injuries reported.

Hail storms are frequent in North Texas, and have remained a leading cause of property damage.

Doyle Raizner represents home and business owners with property damage and business interruption claims caused by natural disasters.  The firm currently represents clients with claims arising from the Joplin tornado, the October 2010 Phoenix hailstorm, and Hurricane Ike.

Doyle Raizner Files Workers’ Compensation Bad Faith Lawsuit Against AIG / Chartis

On June 6, 2012, Doyle Raizer filed a workers’ compensation insurance bad faith lawsuit against AIG/Chartis (Chartis) and its adjuster. The suit was filed on behalf of an employee who was injured while working on the job in April 2011. Despite medical and factual evidence that conclusively showed the injury suffered on the job by the employee, Chartis denied the claim in its entirety. As a result, the injured employee was left without medical care and income benefits, as were owed to him under the law.  The injured employee had to proceed to hearings before the  Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation, which delayed his medical care and caused additional physical and financial injuries.

Doyle Raizner is proud to represent this injured employee against Chartis and its adjuster for their blatant violations of the law.

Severe weather spawned tornadoes hitting Texas and Louisiana

Jeffrey Raizner

The week of March 19, 2012 brought tornadoes to San Antonio, Texas brining injuries and damage to buildings and homes and nine Louisiana Parishes are reporting damages from severe winds, rain and tornadoes.

Damage to residential or commercial property caused by tornados is covered by property insurance. But it is very important to timely and accurately report and monitor your residential or commercial insurance claim, and to continue to vigilantly monitor your claim with your insurance company. In addition, businesses that are forced to close may have a claim for business interruption caused by a natural disaster.

Doyle Raizner has represented the victims of tornadoes and other natural disasters across the United States, including in Texas, Arizona, and Missouri.

Michigan Tornado Strikes Near Ann Arbor, Destroys Over 100 Homes

Jeffrey Raizner

On the evening of March 15, 2012, a tornado struck the town of Dexter, Michigan, northeast of Ann Arbor. The tornado is believed to be an category 3 storm and destroyed more than 100 homes in Dexter. The tornado may be one of the earliest and strongest tornadoes to ever touch down in Michigan.

After a natural disaster, it is very important to timely and accurately report your residential or commerical insurance claim, and to continue to vigilantly monitor your claim with your insurance company.

Doyle Raizner has represented the victims of tornadoes and other natural disasters across the United States, including in Texas, Arizona, and Missouri.

Doyle Raizner Files Bad Faith Property Lawsuit Against State Farm

Jeffrey Raizner

On April 29, 2011, Doyle Raizner filed a bad faith property insurance lawsuit against State Farm Lloyds and its adjusters, for the wrongful handling of a residential fire claim in May 2009. After the fire, State Farm and its adjusters delayed and denied payment for damages to the home and its contents, as well as other expenses, including living expenses owed under the policy.

Doyle Raizner is committed to holding State Farm and its adjuster liable for what they owe under the policy sold to our client.

Extreme Winter Weather Descends on Texas

Jeffrey Raizner

Across Texas, homes and businesses are bracing for more harshly cold weather that is expected to last through Saturday morning.  Extreme weather such as this can damage residential and business buildings and structures.  Beyond physical damage, businesses often suffer from commercial interruption due to weather or structural damage.  Even businesses in the Dallas-Fort Worth area hoping to take in excess customers due to the Super Bowl have had to remain closed due to these winter storms.

Doyle Raizner encourages Texans to take adequate precautions to protect their homes and businesses.  And in the case that your home is damaged or your business suffers from physical damager and/or business interruption, be sure to document your interactions with your insurance company and remain involved to ensure the proper handling of your claim.

State Judge Says TWIA Can’t Create Own Law, Must Comply With Prompt Payment Requirements

Jeffrey Raizner

On January 6, 2011, the Texas State Office of Administrative Hearings (SOAH) ordered that insurers cannot avoid the Prompt Payment Statute of the Texas Insurance Code. The Prompt Payment Statute requires insurers to decide whether they will accept or deny a claim within 15 days after recieving proof of the claim from the insured homeowner. Under special circumstances, the period can be extended to a total of 60 days. The Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA) petitioned SOAH to consider whether they would be permitted to extend this period further in order to request documents from third parties, such as claim adjusters, fact witnesses, and experts. This extension process has been repeatedly abused to avoid timely payment to homeowners in desperate straits.

Upon the review of submitted briefs from TWIA and the Texas Department of Insurance, Richard R. Wilfong, the SOAH administrative judge presiding, ruled that the Texas Insurance Code does not permit an insurer to delay its obligaitons to pay claims promptly by simply claiming they need further documents by third parties.

TWIA is an insurer heavily involved in Hurricane Ike claims. The decision, however, could have ramifications beyond property insurance claims. It helps to eliminate an avenue for insurance carriers to delay payment to people in need after a disaster or accident and avoid their prompt payment obligations by making unlimited demands for “additional information” from third parties.

The decision is available here.

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