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Burg Simpson Shareholder Offers Expertise to Nonprofit – United Policyholders

Burg Simpson Shareholder Offers Expertise to Nonprofit – United Policyholders

By Heidi Culbertson
September 1, 2021
3 min read

Burg Simpson shareholder Tom Henderson is the Chair of the Bad Faith Insurance Division of the firm’s Commercial Litigation Department. Based on his experience and expertise, Mr. Henderson was recently invited to participate in a free legal clinic offered by United Policyholders (UP). UP is a nonprofit organization based out of San Francisco that offers an “Ask a Lawyer” program designed to assist policyholders who are having difficulty getting their insurance companies to pay their claims.

On August 25, UP sponsored an Ask a Lawyer program for survivors of the wildfires that struck Colorado late last summer and fall. Mr. Henderson met with policyholders to discuss paths toward the resolution of their ongoing insurance issues and their legal rights. In times past, these types of sessions were conducted in a townhall type format, but this session was held via Zoom due to ongoing concerns regarding COVID-19.

To facilitate the program, UP collected detailed questionnaires and insurance documents from the policyholders about their insurance matters. The information was shared with the attorneys so they could evaluate the information prior to their meetings. Policyholders who attend the “Ask a Lawyer” clinic are generally those who have been at odds with their own insurance company for nearly 12 months since their insurance claim was submitted.

Tom Henderson has worked with UP on many occasions over the past decade to assist homeowners with claims filed due to Colorado forest fires. This has included Tom speaking to policyholders who experienced significant losses due to forest fires that ravaged homes and businesses in Boulder, Colorado Springs, and Fort Collins.

As a bad faith insurance attorney with over 30 years of experience, Tom Henderson focuses his practice on representing policyholders in pursuing insurance companies to get them to pay the benefits owed under the policies they issued, and suing them for bad faith, if necessary, to get the insurance companies to pay what the insurance policy promises to pay. He has represented dozens of individuals and families who have suffered from tremendous losses due to forest fires.

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When the insurance company considers a claim, the company may ask the policyholder to settle for a much lower amount than the client deserves. If this happens, it is essential to know that you are not required to accept a lowball settlement offer. If you suspect your insurance company is acting in bad faith by refusing to live up to its promises, you could be entitled to file a bad faith claim against the insurance company.

Bad faith lawsuits can be exceedingly complex and require the expertise of a personal injury attorney who has many years of experience handling hundreds of these types of cases. If you or someone you know is suffering from the devastating aftermath of a fire, contact Tom Henderson at Burg Simpson now at (303) 792-5595.

 

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