It is not often that car accident lawsuits make it all the way to the Florida Supreme Court. The recent case of Fridman v. Safeco Ins. Co. of Ill. was one of those rarities, and it resulted in a victory for the injured victim.
At the heart of the case was the auto insurance company’s years-long effort to deny, delay or not respond to the claims of the insured, even when liability was reasonably clear.
Plaintiff in this case waited for years – on the eve of trial – for the insurance company to finally extend an offer to compensate him for his claims. But it came with strings attached that would have required plaintiff forego any future action for bad faith. Trial was continued another six months and again, just before that, insurer again tried to extend an offer for policy limits, but still wanted to remove a future bad faith insurance lawsuit from the table. Continue reading