Bennett M. Cohen has won the only bad faith jury verdict against Standard Insurance Company in California history.
In 2014, Bennett M. Cohen won a unanimous jury verdict of $873,622 against Standard Insurance Company for bad faith denial of a disability insurance claim. The total recovery against Standard was 1.12 million dollars (including attorneys fees).
Mr. Cohen has successfully pried open Standard’s secretive claims procedures and uncovered its elaborate denial mechanism -- a denial mechanism that Standard visits upon unsuspecting insureds.
Standard Insurance Company is set up to deny meritorious claims.
“Policyholders” or “Insureds,” including public employees, often assume that their employer will help them secure the disability insurance benefits they deserve. But, unfortunately, they soon discover that they are on their own.
Following its established procedures for denying claims, Standard employs biased medical evaluators to assist it in denying claims. In the exceedingly rare instance where Standard employs an independent medical evaluator, Standard will pose highly selective questions to the evaluator that are calculated to generate a denial and, at the same time, withhold from the medical evaluator critical information.
For example, Standard will withhold from its medical evaluator the correct definition of “disability” or “total disability” under California law and also fail to disclose the actual functional requirements of the insured’s job. Accordingly, the medical evaluators -- even if not completely beholden to Standard in advance – will render their “opinion” to support the denial based on the wrong questions, the wrong definitions or incomplete information.
All of Standard Insurance Company’s tactics can be exposed and overcome.
If you dare to challenge Standard Insurance Company, it will oppose you with its army of lawyers and stable of hired gun experts. However, even Standard cannot change what matters most -- it cannot change the truth.
A jury -- not yet selected -- is out there waiting to hear your case. We have substantial experience working with treating physicians, other experts and lay witnesses to prepare the strongest possible case.
If you present your case intelligently and courageously, you can expose for the jury Standard’s denial machinery and prove that your claim was denied in bad faith. Often, the best-prepared cases resolve in highly favorable negotiated settlements.
If Standard Insurance Company has denied or underpaid your claim and you need professional advice or the most effective representation available, call us now at 415-340-7709 or fill out the form on this page for your free consultation.
First, we meticulously evaluate your case. The consultation and evaluation are free
Secondly, we candidly discuss with you the strengths and any potential weaknesses in your case.
Thirdly, we advise you whether it is realistic to resolve your case without the necessity of litigation.
Fourthly, if litigation is the only option, we ask the finest insurance claims experts in the nation to review your case and provide key expert testimony to support you.