WA Supreme Court Confirms Insurers Must Follow Their Agents’ Promises

Let's say you go to an insurance agent to buy an insurance policy. You tell the agent you want coverage for something specific, for example, fire damage to your boat. The agent sells you a policy the agent tells you covers fire damage to your boat. The agent gives you some documents summarizing the policy …

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Can your disability insurer offset your benefits because you are receiving other income?

Let's say you become ill and can't work anymore. Fortunately, you have disability insurance coverage through your employer. You apply and get awarded benefits. The policy says your benefits are two thirds of your salary. But the insurance company is paying you less. They say that they can subtract from your benefits any money you …

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When is it “too late” to make an insurance claim?

Let's say the insurance company denies your claim. They don't dispute you had a covered loss, but they say you missed a deadline buried in your insurance policy requiring you to notify them of the claim within a certain time. Can they do that? The answer, often, is no. But the devil's in the details. Virtually …

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Can the Insurance Company Retroactively Deny Your Claim On A New Basis After You File A Lawsuit?

Let's say you make an insurance claim, and the insurance company denies the claim for reason A.  You think they're wrong, so you take them to court and argue reason A is invalid and the company should have paid your claim.  In response, the insurance company admits reason A didn't apply but now argues your …

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Do I Have To Cooperate With My Insurer After A Loss?

Imagine your house catches fire and you make a claim for coverage under your homeowner's insurance policy.  After a few weeks, the insurer denies the claim.  They don't dispute the fire happened.  But they say they don't have to cover the damage because you didn't cooperate with their investigation.  They claim you should have sent …

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