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DENIED NATIONWIDE AUTO INSURANCE CLAIM

Washington State Personal Injury Lawyers Assisting Clients with Denied Nationwide Auto Insurance Claims

Insurance claims can be denied for many reasons, and it is important for injured parties to know that they have the right to appeal these decisions. In some cases, a denied claim is the result of a minor error in the claims process, and an experienced Washington denied Nationwide auto insurance claim lawyer can help you to be successful with your claim upon appeal. In other situations, the insurance company may not have acted in good faith in denying your claim. Regardless of the reason that your claim was denied, a dedicated advocate at the Khan Law Firm PLLC can help.

Was My Nationwide Auto Insurance Claim Denied in Bad Faith?

If your Nationwide auto insurance claim has been denied, it is possible that the claim has been denied unlawfully. Auto insurance companies like Nationwide have a duty to investigate and to attempt to settle legitimate insurance claims in good faith. Actions intended to unfairly deny a claimant a reasonable settlement are unlawful and may constitute bad faith.

Examples of Unfair Claims Settlement Practices in Nationwide Cases

Under Washington State’s unfair claims settlement laws, the following are examples of unfair or deceptive practices by insurance companies concerning the settlement of claims:

  • Misrepresenting important facts;
  • Misrepresenting insurance policy provisions;
  • Failing to acknowledge a claim arising under an insurance policy;
  • Failing to act reasonably promptly on a claim under an insurance policy;
  • Refusing to pay a person’s insurance claim, or denying a claim, without conducting a reasonable investigation;
  • Failing to attempt, in good faith, to promptly, fairly, and equitably settle a claim in which liability is clear (including in situations where a person has filed a third-party insurance claim);
  • Generally failing to promptly settle claims when liability has become clear;
  • Generally failing to make a good faith effort to settle a claim;
  • Lowballing a claimant in order to compel that claimant to submit to litigation, arbitration, or appraisal;
  • Generally attempting to settle a claim for less than a reasonable person would expect under the circumstances (or, lowballing);
  • Making a payment on a claim without clarifying the coverage information;
  • Appealing arbitration awards in order to compel a claimant to accept a lower settlement;
  • Delaying the investigation of claims;
  • Failing to provide a prompt and reasonable explanation for a denied claim;
  • Unfairly discrimination against claimants who are represented by public adjusters;
  • Failing to honor drafts in the settlement of claims;
  • Failing to use reasonable methods for processing and paying claims;
  • Intentionally delaying appraisals; and
  • Negotiating or settling a claim directly with a claimant when the insurance company knows the claimant is represented by an attorney.

In addition to rights under Washington State insurance laws, you also have rights under Washington’s consumer protection laws. A dedicated Nationwide claims denial lawyer can help to determine the best way to move forward with your case to give you the best chance of obtaining compensation for your losses.

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How the Personal Injury Statute of Limitations in Washington May Affect Your Claim and Your Compensation

If you ultimately are able to appeal your Nationwide claim denial and to receive full and reasonable compensation from the insurance company, you may not need to worry about filing a car accident lawsuit. However, if the insurance company cannot adequately compensate you for your losses, you may need to move onto filing a personal injury lawsuit.

Under Washington law, an injured party typically has three years from the date of her injury to file a personal injury lawsuit. Failure to file the claim within the time window set by the statute of limitations can result in the claim becoming time-barred. What does the statute of limitations have to do with a denied insurance claim? In short, if your claim is denied and you wait too long to appeal the denial and ultimately to file a lawsuit, the “clock” on the statute of limitations might have run out.

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Contact a Nationwide Auto Insurance Claim Attorney

If you submitted a Nationwide auto insurance claim and were denied, it is important to speak with a Nationwide auto insurance claim attorney as soon as possible. If the insurance company acted in bad faith or used unfair practices, your lawyer can discuss options for moving forward with your insurance claim and requiring the insurance company to pay you what you are owed. In the event that the insurance company lawfully denied your claim, it may still be possible to appeal or to file a lawsuit against the negligent party for your car accident injuries.

Contact the Khan Law Firm PLLC today to get started on your case with an experienced Washington State personal injury lawyer.

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