Insurance Bad Faith Cases

Client v. Insurance Company (Iowa 2015)

Facts: The Beattie Law Firm represented an Iowan who was injured at work. The workers’ compensation insurance company acted in bad faith with respect to his medical care and indemnity benefits, and the Beattie Law Firm pursued a bad faith action in State Court. The case was hotly contested by the insurance company.

Settlement: Prior to trial, the claim was settled for a confidential, multiple six figure amount.

Etten v. Workers’ Comp Insurance Co. (Iowa Federal Court 2008)

Facts: Mr. Etten was a valued employee for over 8 years. He had never missed a day of work in his entire life. In 2003, while delivering a shipment of food to a customer, Mr. Etten slipped on ice, falling on his side. He did not immediately report the injury, as he assumed his pain would subside over the weekend. It did not. Mr. Etten, unable to recover from the pain, reported the fall to his supervisor shortly thereafter. A few days later, Mr. Etten underwent back surgery. The surgeon discovered that Mr. Etten had a large subcapsular disc herniation and also removed disc fragments from Mr. Etten’s back that were not present on the MRI. The insurance company denied all of Mr. Etten’s claim.

Settlement: The Beattie Law Firm obtained a highly confidential settlement for Mr. Etten.

Chambers v. Workers’ Comp Insurance Co. (Iowa Federal Court 2007)

Facts: Mr. Chambers was wrongly denied workers’ compensation benefits by his employer’s workers compensation carrier. The denial caused him to lose his house as well as severe emotional distress.

Buhmeyer v. Case New Holland (Iowa Federal Court 2006 Trial)

Facts: Mr. Buhmeyer was a dedicated and diligent worker at Case New Holland for over 30 years. In July 2000, Mr. Buhmeyer reported problems with his hands to his supervisor. He was later given permanent restrictions from his workers’ compensation doctor. His doctor wrote to the workers’ compensation adjuster handling the claim stating that Mr. Buhmeyer had already been compensated for carpal tunnel syndrome. This was not true, and the adjuster knew this; however, the adjuster failed to pay PPD benefits. The Beattie Law Firm brought a lawsuit against Case New Holland for bad faith in the handling of his workers’ compensation claim.

Verdict: A jury sitting in Federal Court in the Southern District of Iowa returned a verdict in favor of Mr. Buhmeyer. Damages were assessed by the jury at $10,000 in compensatory damages and $275,000 in punitive damages.

Riggin v. Iowa Municipality’s (2005)

Fact: An Iowa municipality failed to pay benefits when benefits were due.

Settlement: A substantial settlement was reached.

McDaniel v. Workers’ Comp Insurance Co. (Iowa 2005)

Facts: An insurance company committed bad faith in the handling of Mr. McDaniel’s workers’ compensation claim. McDaniel suffered an injury when he was kicked in the face by a domestic animal resulting in severe facial damages.

Settlement: The Beattie Law Firm obtained a $275,000 settlement on behalf of Mr. McDaniel.

Payne v. Workers’ Comp Insurance Co. (Iowa 2005)

Facts: Mr. Payne suffered from CRPS (complex regional pain syndrome) following a work place injury. The workers’ compensation carrier wrongfully denied him necessary medical care and treatment as well as benefits owed to him.

Settlement: The Beattie Law Firm obtained a confidential multiple six-figure settlement on behalf of Mr. Payne.

Lause v. Workers’ Comp Insurance Co. (Iowa Federal Court 2000)

Facts: Our client was wrongfully denied medical treatment and disability benefits in connection with her work place injury.

Settlement: The Beattie Law Firm obtained a confidential multiple six-figure settlement on behalf of Ms. Lause.

Otto v Ins Co. (Iowa Federal Court 1999)

Facts: Our client was wrongfully denied medical treatment and disability benefits in connection with her work place injury.

Settlement: The Beattie Law Firm obtained a confidential multiple six-figure settlement on behalf of Ms.