|Martin & Seibert has been
identified as a leader in the field of extracontractual liability defense.
The firm has dedicated a team of experienced litigators to this emerging
area, defending carriers, claims personnel and agents statewide. The
"bad faith" law team analyzes manuals and the claim handling
processes of insurers, routinely defends first and third party claims and
also advises on litigation avoidance. The team members also provide
training to claims personnel and agents with respect to applicable claim
handling statutes and regulations. The firm has successfully litigated
several issues of first impression in West Virginia in this area including
national discovery of claim files, economic testimony concerning punitive
damages, personnel files of adjusters and the attorney-client privilege
between defense counsel and the carrier.
Recognizing the potential
exposure to its clients, Martin & Seibert can offer in-depth analysis
of claim handling procedures and compliance with applicable statutes and
regulations. State of the art technology significantly reduces discovery
costs to clients and affords the team the ability to provide detailed
reporting of issues as they develop.