Insurance Practice

Practice Overview:

The attorneys at Fields & Brown have extensive experience in all types of insurance-related matters, including representation of the insurers, policyholders, and self-insured parties. The firm is approved panel counsel for several property and casualty insurers and their third-party administrators. We have defended insureds under policies covering a wide array of risks. The attorneys working in our insurance practice group provide consistent and cost-effective legal services to insurers and their insureds.

Our attorneys understand the delicacy required to manage relationships between insurers and their insureds. We provide early assessments, establish realistic goals, and submit timely reporting to our clients. Our goal is to make certain the insureds and claims professionals have the ability to monitor litigation activity.

Services Provided:

The following are examples of the types of matters handled by the insurance practice group.

  • Coverage analysis, consultation and litigation involving insurance and reinsurance claims
  • Commercial cases involving commercial general liability insurance and property
  • Personal lines such as vehicular, homeowner and umbrella
  • Employment practices liability
  • Professional liability
  • Director and officer liability
  • Government and public sector liability
  • Bad faith, vexatious refusal and extra-contractual
  • Developer/general contractor constriction liability
Representative Matters:

Defended the operator of a vehicle who was allegedly intoxicated at three times the legal limit and injured multiple occupants of a vehicle traveling to a wedding reception. The firm was able to reach a reasonable resolution of the case for its client based on the fact that we established the plaintiff driver had also tested positive for an illegal substance.

Obtained summary judgment on behalf of an area Goodwill Industries store which was sued by a customer who allegedly suffered permanent injuries when she tripped and fell on the handicap ramp outside the store premises.

A bus driver was struck by a car while returning from a break. The bus driver subsequently died from heart complications which the surviving spouse asserted flowed from the original accident. This matter was resolved for a fraction of the claimed damages.

A mechanic died from mesothelioma, and the surviving spouse asserted the disease stemmed from the mechanic’s exposure to bus brakes containing asbestos with which the mechanic worked. Ultimately, the firm was able to establish that the causation element could not be met and the surviving spouse dismissed the claim.

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