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We take cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that if there is no monetary recovery, you owe us nothing for our services. In most cases, Katherman, Briggs & Greenberg will advance the expenses of the case and will wait to be reimbursed until the conclusion of the case.

There is no charge for your initial consultation with a Katherman, Briggs & Greenberg personal injury attorney. This allows you to explore your options and determine whether moving forward with your case is the best decision for you on a risk-free basis. An initial consultation is the all-important first step to getting the results you deserve.

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Insurance Bad Faith

An insurance policy is a contract: the insured promises to pay premiums and the insurer promises to indemnify the insured for specified loses. If an insured breaches the contract, an insurer’s remedy includes cancellation of the policy or denial of coverage. If an insurer breaches the contract, an insured’s remedy can include not only performance of the contract but also punitive damages. Pennsylvania law includes this punitive damage component to encourage insurers to satisfy their obligations to their insureds.

What constitutes insurance bad faith is not specifically defined in Pennsylvania statutory law, but our courts have determined that bad faith generally includes situations where an insurer acts with a dishonest purpose, breaches a known duty to its insureds (such as its obligation to act in good faith and fair dealing), or acts in an unreasonable manner out of self-interest or ill will. Acts of negligence or bad judgment alone are not enough to establish bad faith. Most insurance bad faith claims arise from an insurer’s failure to pay benefits when due or promptly investigate claims. Common examples of insurance bad faith include terminating medical benefits under an automobile insurance policy without following proper review procedures, alleging arson on the part of a home owner or landlord without evidence of arson, and delaying the payment of benefits on a claim to force its insured to compromise the claim.

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