Bar Bulletin

Bar Bulletin

Washington Law Levels the Playing Field for Insurance Claimants: Five Things to Know

September 2021 Bar Bulletin

By Paul R. Raskin

Just about everyone submits an insurance claim at some time. We all know someone who has had an insurance claim delayed or denied. Most insurance claimants, however, do not know about Washington’s Insurance Fair Conduct Act and other laws designed to level the playing field between the policyholder and insurance company. With respect to disputed insurance claims in Washington, every insurance claimant and business attorney should know the following: (1) Washington rules regarding policy interpretation favor the insured; (2) the insured is owed a duty of good faith, and the insurer cannot put its interests first;...

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