Friday, March 17, 2006

Insurance company bad faith post-Katrina

Insurance companies showed their true colors right after Hurricane Katrina, which is why we saw lots of touchy feely insurance company ads and even tort reformer Sen. Trent Lott sued State Farm.

Looks like a Missippippi trial lawyer has the goods on at least one of the insurance companies involved thanks to an insurance company whistleblower. Imagine this, that insurance company pressured engineers to change their conclusions about what caused the damage so that policyholders' claims could be denied.

Just as a reminder, Insurance companies want:
~ Premiums not claims
~ To deter valid lawsuits
~ People to hate lawyers so they never get one
~ You to feel guilt for making legitimate claims
~ You to think you're "not the kind of person who files a lawsuit"
~ Juries to think a person who files a suit is dishonest
~ Jurors minds made up before evidence is heard
~ Your rights minimized or removed
~ Their rights maximized and preserved
~ People to feel juries give away money
~ Verdicts for damages to be less then what is fair
~ Caps on damages to minimize your justice
~ Judges who will avoid holding them accountable

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