Insurance companies have two primary duties under insurance policies: (1) express duties-obligations specifically stated in the insurance policy; and (2) implied duties-duties imposed by law, including the duty of good faith and fair dealing and various statutes and regulations governing insurance companies. In limited circumstances, the courts will apply the reasonable expectations doctrine in interpreting insurance policies.
Common types of business-related insurance policies include: (1) Commercial General Liability (“CGL”) Insurance; (2) Errors & Omissions Liability Insurance; and (3) Directors & Officers Liability Insurance. Insurance policies typically exclude coverage where, among other things, the insured acted intentionally – the intentional acts exclusion.
If the customer believes that the insurance company has wrongfully denied coverage for a claim brought by a third-party against the customer (a third-party claim), the insured’s options include: (1) directly sue the insurer for a declaratory judgment, breach of contract and/or bad faith, or (2) assign his claims against the insurer to the third-party claimant-a “Damron” or “Morris” agreement.
The attorneys at Berk Law Group, P.C. have broad experience handling insurance coverage, bad faith and other types of insurance matters involving a variety of insurance policies, such as automobile, disability, life, health, property, casualty, fire, title, mechanical breakdown, business and professional liability.
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To learn more about insurance and bad faith law, please browse our interesting insurance-related articles below:
- Basics of Insurance Bad Faith
- Commercial General Insurance
- Declaratory Judgements
- Directors and Officers Insurance
- Duty of Good Faith Fair Dealing
- Errors and Omissions Insurance
- Express Duties
- How to Present a Disability Insurance Claim
- Insured’s Options
- Insurer’s Statutory Duties
- Intentional Acts Exclusion