The national legal publication relied on the expertise of Phillip Sanov, who leads the Bad Faith Insurance Practice at The Lanier Law Firm.
In addition to his
work with hundreds of Hurricane Ike victims whose insurance companies have delayed or refused to pay policy claims, Mr. Sanov
also represents many families from the Atlanta area whose homes were severely damaged by hail during storms this past April.
told the newspaper that he's
seeing insurance companies providing repair estimates so low that customers are unable to find contractors willing to do the work.
The widespread practices used by insurance companies to try to keep from paying claims has resulted in numerous calls from customers interested in filing lawsuits in order to get their insurance claims paid.
told The National Law Journal
first visit to Atlanta resulted in a ton of interest from aggrieved homeowners.
"This was my first trip, and we've got 84 [homeowners] that want us to represent them," Mr. Sanov
is quoted in the article.
"We have got hundreds of files and we're getting contacted by dozens each week."
says many insurance companies are failing to tell their customers exactly what they are due under their policies as a way for the companies to save money.
told the newspaper, many insurers are willing to make things right if they know a lawyer is watching them on the other side.
". . . in most places, once a lawyer gets involved, the carrier will start doing closer to the right thing by their policy holder," Mr. Sanov is quoted as saying.