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Insurance Question from Barnett Township, IL

Asked on 07/27/2017

How to handle delayed insurance payment while statue of limitations is running out and now I been asked to answer charges in a summons. Aug 4, 2015 I rear ended a woman while approaching a light. She was stopped at the light. No apparent damage to either vehicle as far as it goes. (Police was surprised the woman bother call them). Now she as a plaintiff is asking $50,000 for bodily damages (back and neck pains and medical expenses. I perceived she filed because State Farm has delayed making a settlement. I no longer carry them. They dropped me . Statue of limitations ends Aug 4, 2017 in Illinois. What do I do next. I sent the summons to State Farm and I want to file a complaint to Illinois insurance Commissioner. What is left for me to do? Will I have to make up the difference if State Farm doesn't pay even though I had $100,000 coverage for bodily injuries?

Answer given on July 28, 2017

If you cause an auto accident with bodily injury, your insurance company must investigate and defend you if a lawsuit occurs. Even though you are no longer insured by the same insurance company, they must continue handling the case until it is settled. If you received a notice of a lawsuit, you need to send it to the insurance company as soon as possible. Keep a copy for your records. The insurance company must respond to the lawsuit and proceed with the defense. If yoiur liability limits are sufficient, and the lawsuit is settled, then the insurance company must pay the amount of the settlement.  Ask for a supervisor with the insurance company to see how they are handling your defense, and ask them to keep you advised of the progress.

You can file a complaint with the Dept of Insurance regarding the claim. Explain that the insurance company does not seem to be responding to the complaint from the other party.  They may respond to you right away, or it could take time.


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