Being able to discuss the potential recovery when an insurance company wrongfully denies a claim is a topic any Dallas or Fort Worth insurance lawyer needs to be able to discuss with a client.
Policy benefits are the basic recovery allowed for an insurer’s breach of its contractual obligations. An insurer’s refusal to pay the insured’s claim causes damages at least in the amount of the policy benefits wrongfully withheld, according to the 1988, Texas Supreme Court case, Vail v. Texas Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company. The same Court in a 1996, opinion said that breach of contract allows recovery of benefit of the bargain damages, according to the case styled, Transportation Insurance Company v. Moriel.
In addition, an insured should be able to recover consequential damages that are the foreseeable result of the insurer’s breach of contract. Numerous cases hold that insurance policies are subject to the same rules as other contracts. This is exemplified in Hernandez v. Gulf Group Lloyds, a 1994 opinion. It says one of the best established rules is that: