Life insurance comes in various types, each designed to meet different needs. In Texas, as elsewhere, the most common life insurance policies include:
Many life insurance policies provide broad coverage, paying out regardless of the cause of death. However, there may be exceptions or exclusions, which are outlined in the Texas Insurance Code. Common exclusions include deaths due to hazardous occupations or certain activities like parasailing or hang gliding.
If you want to better understand your policy and its coverage, it's advisable to have a skilled life insurance lawyer review it.
In Texas and across the U.S., life insurance companies have a limited time frame during which they can contest life insurance claims — a period of two years from when the policy takes effect, which is known as the "contestability period."
If the insured person passes away during this two-year contestable period, the insurer can investigate their lifetime medical history and their original application to check for any misrepresentations or errors. The insurer will assess whether any discrepancies would have impacted the life insurance claim. If so, they may deny the claim or reduce the death benefit.
Sometimes, the premiums would have been affected by an error, but the claim is still valid. In that case, the insurer might adjust the death benefit to account for the higher premiums.
Once this two-year contestability period ends, you can breathe easy. Texas law prohibits the life insurance company from disputing coverage due to application mistakes or misrepresentations after this deadline.
Moreover, merely making an innocent mistake is generally insufficient to reduce or cancel coverage; the insurance company must prove fraud or intent to do so. These legal safeguards help protect the public from insurance companies that seek to deny benefits unfairly.
A life insurance claim can be denied for several reasons, and it's crucial to be aware of these factors to ensure a smoother claims process.
Common issues that insurance companies may raise when denying a claim in Texas include:
Navigating these complexities requires specific knowledge, and if you believe your life insurance claim has been wrongfully denied in Texas, our skilled life insurance attorney is here to help protect your rights and interests.
Bad faith life insurance claim denials can be deeply distressing for beneficiaries who are already dealing with the loss of a loved one. Federal and Texas law requires insurance companies to handle claims in good faith. This means they must promptly investigate, fairly evaluate, and timely pay out valid claims.
However, some insurers might engage in bad faith practices by intentionally delaying or denying legitimate claims without a valid reason. Common signs of bad faith insurance practices include:
When faced with a bad faith life insurance claim denial, beneficiaries have the option to challenge the insurer's actions with the help of a qualified life insurance lawyer. An experienced life insurance attorney can advocate for your rights, investigate the denial, and take legal action if necessary to seek the benefits you are entitled to under the policy.
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If you believe that your legitimate claim for life insurance benefits has been wrongfully denied or delayed, our skilled life insurance attorneys can take legal action to protect your rights and seek the compensation you deserve.
We can assist you in several key ways:
Dealing with a denied life insurance claim can be too much to handle during an already challenging time. We'll handle the legal aspects of your claim, allowing you to focus on what matters most.
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The Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) regulates employee benefit plans, including employer-sponsored life insurance policies. Under ERISA, insurance claims related to such plans may involve specific procedures and deadlines for filing and appealing claims.
It's important to understand the law's requirements and consider seeking legal counsel to navigate the complexities if you encounter issues with an ERISA claim.
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