The law office of Mark S. Humphreys, P.C. is pleased to announce the settlement of a case involving a Credit Life & Disability policy.
Mark’s client was the wife of a man who had died and she was the beneficiary named on the policy. The policy, a Credit Life & Disability policy, had been purchased when the husband bought a new vehicle. After his death, she made a claim for benefits which was denied due to the insurance company claim that her husband had misrepresented his health in his application for the policy. The problem for the insurance company was that the client had a copy of the application which did not have the misrepresentations. It appeared that the finance manager for the car dealership had altered the application in order to get commissions for selling the policy. In the end the insurance company paid more than three times the actual benefits.
Automobile dealerships are a source for a lot of Credit Life & Disability policies being sold. The salesman and finance manager handling the sale are incentivized to sell these policies and often times have quotas they have to meet. As a result, there is often times a lot of information on the application for these policies that is not entirely accurate. Some rules governing these policies are found in the Texas Insurance Code, Sections 1153.151 through 1153.161.