Bad Faith Insurance Defense
Kunz, Plitt, Hyland, Demlong & Kleifield
In a court of law the voice of reason is never alone
At Kunz, Plitt, Hyland, Demlong & Kleifield, in Phoenix, Arizona, our Insurance Practice Group lawyers have significant experience in defending against bad faith and punitive damage claims. Our attorneys are proficient in evaluations of losses, in terms of dwelling loss, fires, floods, etc. in instances in which unfair claim handling has been alleged. We then select and present consistent themes that draw from our extensive knowledge of insurance coverage matters.
Providing First Party and Third Party Defense
In the first party property insurance context, the firm has successfully represented its clients against arson related losses, fraudulently generated claims, and punitive damage claims. In the third-party liability context, the firm has represented its clients in the primary and excess context involving issues of equitable insurance subrogation where excess exposure has occurred giving rise to claims for third-party bad faith.
Experienced in State and Federal Courts throughout the Southwest
Routinely, a denial of coverage benefits results in litigation that includes claims for bad faith denial of benefits. At any given time, our insurance attorneys are involved in managing and litigating a significant number of insurance bad faith lawsuits in multiple states. These lawsuits have been successfully handled in both state and federal court.
Bad faith insurance defense involves high stakes cases and requires lawyers with substantial experience. The themes our attorneys create and present in bad faith cases are informed by both our extensive experience in insurance defense and our encyclopedic knowledge of insurance coverage issues.
In bad faith litigation, thorough preparation can make the difference between a win and a loss. We are extremely thorough in each aspect of each case, carefully arranging witnesses to be used at trial and preparing extensive chronologies of the pertinent facts in the context of the theme of our defense.
Assisting in the Health Insurance Arena
The health insurance arena is an explosive area of bad faith litigation due to the industry's vulnerability. Kunz, Plitt, Hyland, Demlong & Kleifield has a special team focusing on life, accident, health and disability bad faith, including three of the firm's partners. Typically only large national firms can boast both property / casualty lawyers and life, accident, health and disability bad faith attorneys, but both are part of our full-service insurance defense firm.
Proactive Advice for Avoiding Future Bad Faith Claims
Our bad faith insurance defense attorneys are often called upon by insurance carriers to provide guidance on minimizing future bad faith claims. If a case does lead to litigation, the carrier can raise the advice of counsel and use our highly credentialed and respected attorneys as witnesses.
Contact our lawyers anytime to discuss how we can handle your bad faith insurance defense issues.
Our attorneys regularly serve clients throughout the southwestern United States, including those in communities such as Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tucson, and Mesa, Arizona; Las Vegas, Nevada; Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico; Colorado Springs and Denver, Colorado; and Salt Lake City, Utah.