Category archive: Alaska

Alaska Insurers Face Potential New Claims Handling Tort

Summary: A driver lost control of his truck and crashed into a cabin causing property damage, including a heating fuel spill, and personal injuries to the cabin’s owner. The cabin’s owner brought suit against the driver and his insurer alleging in part that the insurer took charge of and negligently handled the fuel spill cleanup….

Carrier’s Challenges to Workers’ Comp Benefits 30 Years After Injury Lead to Bad Faith Penalties

Summary:  Harris’ 1976 work-related motor vehicle accident left him a paraplegic which resulted in multiple medical complications. Thirty-one years after the accident, the workers’ compensation carrier challenged (controverted) some aspects of his medical care and required him to submit to an independent medical evaluation. The Alaska Worker’s Compensation Board ruled that several of those controversions…

Good Efforts by Insurer Lead to Win

Summary:  Allstate, by making consistent efforts to settle a serious injury case, convinced a jury that it was acting in good faith even though Allstate could have determined earlier that it owed the limits of its policy. Allstate Ins. Co. v. Herron. 09-35203 9th Cir. 3/10/11 Plaintiff Herrin was involved in a single car accident…

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