Doyle LLP has filed suit against American Zurich Insurance Company and Sedgwick Claims Management Services, Inc. for bad faith insurance claim handling. The suit, which is pending in the United States District Court of Arizona, Phoenix Division, alleges that American Zurich violated the duty of good faith and fair dealing and that Sedgwick Claims and its adjusters aided and abetted American Zurich’s bad faith conduct.
The Plaintiff in the suit was an employee of JBS and was injured at work in November 2017, when he fell from a ladder and suffered injuries to his shoulder, neck, and low back. Rather than properly handle the Plaintiff’s claim, American Zurich and Sedgwick Claims wrongfully denied the claim in its entirety.
The Plaintiff’s work injury was documented in an on-site incident report and at the onsite medical facility. Moreover, the Plaintiff’s injury was confirmed by a treating physician. Nonetheless, American Zurich and Sedgwick ignored this evidence and denied income and medical benefits that were required to ensure that the Plaintiff received timely medical care and had income to meet his living expenses.
It was only through proceedings before the Industrial Commission of Arizona and with the assistance of an attorney that the Plaintiff was able to force American Zurich and Sedgwick Claims to being paying benefits. The suit seeks the damages caused by the delay in payment of these benefits, such as pain and suffering, physical impairment, mental anguish, and punitive damages.
If you or someone you know suffered a work injury in Arizona and have been the victim of a wrongful denial of benefits or other bad faith conduct, the lawyers at Doyle LLP stand ready to assist you in determining whether you have a viable claim.