First DCA Says: Insurance Company Cannot Hide Documents from Homeowner Fighting to Have His House Repaired After Fire

Posted by Annie Dike | Jan 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

Unfortunately, this is not the first time our attorneys have experienced these types of underhanded tactics by insurance companies, but when we obtain victory for our clients in the form of an opinion from the appellate court calling an insurance company out and making it play fair, we want to share.

Our clients suffered significant fire damage in their home making it uninhabitable. Their insurance company, Florida Peninsula Insurance Company, denied their claim and accused our clients of failing to cooperate during the claims process by not allowing the insurance company's contractor to make the repairs. The insurance company claimed to have documentation in their files that showed our clients refused to cooperate, but when we demanded to see those documents, the insurance company refused to provide them. We knew that our client had completely cooperated during the claims process and that any documents the insurer had would only support our clients' legitimate claims, so we went to the mat to make the insurance company provide those documents. The trial court agreed with us and ordered Florida Peninsula to provide the documents. But Florida Peninsula did what insurers do sometimes: they doubled down and sought review in the First District Court of Appeal. We won there too, and on December 13, 2017 a three-judge panel upheld the trial court's order requiring Florida Peninsula to turn over the documents.

Our attorneys at Taylor, Warren & Weidner are all too familiar with the tactics insurers employ to deny valid claims. Attorneys Phil Hall and Phillip Warren are looking forward to asking a jury to deliver justice for our clients now that the courts have refused to allow the insurance company to hide their documents and play unfairly.

insurance attorneys discussing damage to home and resolution of insurance dispute

 Unfortunately, we see and fight underhanded strategies like this every day and make it our mission to expose these unfair practices whenever possible. We are happy to fight for court rulings that expose these tactics and help attorneys throughout Florida seek justice for their clients. If you are unsure of your rights under your policy, are being asked by an insurance company to sign a waiver, or give a recorded statement, contact an experienced insurance lawyer. At Taylor, Warren & Weidner we never charge an initial fee or cost to sit down with you, look at your policy, discuss your claim, and explain your legal rights.  (850) 438-4899.  Contact us today.

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