Wisconsin Bad Faith Insurance Denials Lawyers
"There's No Substitute for Experience"
A widespread reputation for aggressive representation and successful results in insurance bad faith claims
Homeowners - Health - Life - Auto - Casualty - Liability
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Senior partner and founder of the Milwaukee firm of Domnitz & Skemp, Merrick "Ric" Domnitz has established a reputation that spans over three decades as a preeminent bad faith insurance attorney in the state of Wisconsin. He is a nationally recognized lecturer and commentator on insurance dispute resolution and litigation, and is frequently asked to consult on behalf of attorneys throughout Wisconsin and northern Illinois.
At Domnitz & Skemp, our record of successful verdicts and settlements speaks for itself. For over 70 years, we have offered effective advocacy at trial and in negotiation for clients whose legitimate insurance claims have been denied in bad faith.
It's a Contract...
When you purchase an insurance policy and pay your premiums, you have entered into a legally binding contract with the insurance company. In cases in which you are due benefits from your own insurance company, like disability or life insurance policies, or claims for uninsured or underinsured motorist benefits, your insurer owes you a well defined duty of good faith and fair dealing. They are prohibited from denying your claim without a reasonable basis. The sad fact, however, is that insurance companies are large corporations that do not make money by paying out large claims. Their loyalty is to owners and shareholders and not to the insured and they may employ a variety of dubious tactics to delay or deny a claim and protect their financial bottom-line:
- Delay and Stalling Tactics - designed to pressure you into accepting their terms
- Failure to Perform a Timely and Adequate Investigation
- Agent Error: failure to provide recourse after an agent mistake
- Underpayment: intentional underpayment in the hopes that you will abandon your claim
- Impossible Conditions - including unreasonable amounts of documentation or verification
- Failure to Indemnify or Defend: failure to pay an outside claim
- Deceptive Practices: making promises they cannot keep
- Fraud / Misrepresentation related to the original terms of the policy
- "Mistakes" on the Original Application invoked to invalidate a policy
But Aren't I Just Throwing Good Money After Bad By Hiring an Insurance Dispute Lawyer?
Absolutely not. Most insurance carriers will delay or deny a large claim knowing that few people understand their right to dispute the action and seek recovery. In fact, the simple act of hiring a lawyer has been shown to provoke an insurance company to pay out a claim. In some cases, state law compels the insurance company to pay attorney's fees on top of the original unfairly denied claim and, based on circumstances, there may be additional punitive damages available.
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You pay your premiums faithfully in order to protect yourself when you need it most: after a family tragedy, disability, property loss, or other financial harm. If an insurance company has delayed or disputed your valid claim, contact a bad faith insurance denial attorney at Domnitz & Skemp today for a free consultation and review of your legal rights with no further obligation. We will explain your options and their consequences so you can make the best decision given the circumstances.
We also offer other areas of personal injury and related practice, including motorcycle accidents, injuries caused by drunk drivers, slips and falls, products liability, insurance disputes and bad faith, police misconduct, and medical malpractice.