Cooperation with the insurance company investigation of a claim is required under the insurance policy. Failure to cooperate can result in the policy being rescinded and the claim denied.
The 1994, Amarillo Court of Appeals opinion, Andy Costely and Cathy Costley v. State Farm Fire And Casualty Company, illustrates the necessity of cooperation with the insurance company investigation of a claim.
In this case, State Farm was allowed to rescind a policy based on the insured failure to cooperate. Cathy had her truck, tractor, and other personal property destroyed by a fire while it was parked on Andy’s father’s (Robert) property. Andy and Cathy sued Andy’s father. Later Robert sued Andy alleging the damage was due to the negligence of Andy.