Oftentimes, auto insurance policies will contain Uninsured (“UM”) and Underinsured (“UIM) Motorist Coverage provisions. UM coverage protects you if you’re injured in a motor vehicle accident or as a pedestrian, by an uninsured or unidentified motor vehicle. In that case, your insurance company agrees to step in and contractually honor personal injury claims as though they were the ones that insured the uninsured motorist. On the other hand, if a policy holder is injured by another driver who has insurance, but not in an amount sufficient to fairly compensate you for your injuries, then a UIM claim can be made against your own insurance carrier. For example, if the other driver had a $15,000 policy and your injuries were worth $50,000, you could seek the additional $35,000 from your own UIM policy, as long as you had this coverage available. Additionally, if your own insurance company does not treat you fairly, then you may be able to pursue an insurance bad faith claim against the company, if the carrier violated NRS 686A.310 and failed to promptly evaluate your claim and tender the coverage limits when liability was reasonably clear and the likely damage award justifies it.
In a case Mr. Achrem tried some years ago, where the Defendant’s insurance company refused to protect its insureds and pay the $500,000 insurance policy to the family of a child who had been seriously injured, the jury later returned a unanimous verdict of $21,000,000.00. Because the Defendant’s insurance carrier had acted in bad faith, the company ultimately became responsible for the judgment.
You should always read your insurance policy and make sure it contains the coverages you need. Achrem & Associates has been litigating serious injury cases for more than 40 years and we have the skills and resources necessary to help our clients in even the most complicated cases.
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