15 08, 2015

INSURANCE BAD FAITH: WHEN YOU’RE NOT IN GOOD HANDS OR WHEN THEY ARE NOT TREATING YOU JUST LIKE A GOOD NEIGHBOR

2017-06-06T14:15:47-05:00

Who did a promoter for the rock band .38 SPECIAL call when Lloyd’s of London did not want to pay under an insurance policy that is supposed to pay if rain cancels an outdoor concert? They called SAM SHERONICK LAW FIRM, P.C., a Cedar Rapids personal injury law firm, who successfully litigated to enforce the insurance policy.  INSURANCE BAD FAITH involves an insurance company refusing to pay the holder of the insurance policy (or someone who is supposed to be a beneficiary of such a policy) even though all of the policy conditions have been met.  Simply stated, the law requires parties to a contract--like an insurance policy--to treat each other in good faith.  Insurance companies engage in bad faith if, among other things, a jury finds the insurance company unfairly denies paying a claim, or delays paying a claim [...]

INSURANCE BAD FAITH: WHEN YOU’RE NOT IN GOOD HANDS OR WHEN THEY ARE NOT TREATING YOU JUST LIKE A GOOD NEIGHBOR2017-06-06T14:15:47-05:00
26 01, 2015

DO I NEED A CEDAR RAPIDS PERSONAL INJURY LAW FIRM OR CAN I HANDLE MY CASE MYSELF?

2017-06-06T14:16:24-05:00

  When someone calls our Cedar Rapids personal injury law firm for a free initial consultation, we always ask questions to determine whether this is a case a caller can handle themselves.  We do this for two reasons: 1) It has been our experience in over 20 years of handling serious personal injury cases at our Cedar Rapids personal injury law firm that being honest with a new caller helps save the caller an attorney fee when the facts of their case are such that the caller can handle the case themselves; as you can imagine, the caller appreciates our honesty and more often than not, rewards our firm by calling back in the future should they (or their friends or family members) get in a future accident where we can help;  and 2) Our Cedar Rapids personal  injury law [...]

DO I NEED A CEDAR RAPIDS PERSONAL INJURY LAW FIRM OR CAN I HANDLE MY CASE MYSELF?2017-06-06T14:16:24-05:00
8 01, 2014

How Do I Settle My Car Damage With the Insurance Company?

2017-06-06T14:16:46-05:00

“I was in an accident and my car was damaged and now the insurance company wants to settle the property damage but I don’t know what my car is worth when settling with the insurance company after the accident.  What should I do?” We get asked this question quite a lot by our clients and here is what we tell them.  Our firm does not charge an hourly fee; rather, we only get our attorney fee if the client gets paid.  Since our firm gets paid a percentage of any verdict or settlement we obtain for our client, we do not want to take a percentage of the money the client will be getting from their property damage settlement since they will need to repair or replace their car or other property.  So if our firm takes on a personal [...]

How Do I Settle My Car Damage With the Insurance Company?2017-06-06T14:16:46-05:00
17 01, 2013

Iowa Semi-Truck Accidents: Steps to Take to Protect your Loved Ones

2017-06-06T14:17:33-05:00

  Accidents involving large trucks (also referred to as semi-trailer, tractor trailer, big rig, 18 wheeler, etc.) are among the most dangerous and deadly of all motor vehicle accidents, not too surprising given the sheer size and weight of these trucks. A variety of factors contribute to semi truck accidents including, but not limited to: overload (or improperly loaded) freight; driver fatigue; speed; substance abuse; the negligent hiring of bad drivers; faulty equipment; failure to inspect equipment; etc. Additionally, the sheer size of trucks—together with their lack of maneuverability, inability to stop well, and the inability to see lower traffic out of the truck cab—also can play a role in causing accidents. As noted in one of our previous blog posts, it has been our experience that weather is seldom to blame for causing a semi-truck accident.  For example, how [...]

Iowa Semi-Truck Accidents: Steps to Take to Protect your Loved Ones2017-06-06T14:17:33-05:00
15 06, 2011

10 COSTLY MISTAKES TO AVOID AFTER AN ACCIDENT

2017-06-06T14:18:13-05:00

Disclaimer: The information contained here and throughout our website, and in our printed or other materials, are for general informational purposes only as this information should not be considered to be legal advice concerning your specific case. You should consult an experienced and knowledgeable attorney in this area of law to determine whether the information given in our videos, website, and other materials applies to your specific case as the failure to do so could do significant harm to your case. Please realize there are many more mistakes than those listed here, but we have listed some of the more common mistakes we've seen here. Our firm does not represent you unless or until we enter into a written fee agreement signed by both you and our firm. Click here for additional disclaimer information. Mistake #1: Believing the insurance company [...]

10 COSTLY MISTAKES TO AVOID AFTER AN ACCIDENT2017-06-06T14:18:13-05:00