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What does it mean to say a claim denial was in bad faith?

If your insurance claim was denied in bad faith, you could win extra damages in a lawsuit. In addition to the cost of the loss you were claiming, you could be awarded compensation for any other financial losses caused by the bad faith of the insurance company, for emotional distress caused by the misconduct, and for any embarrassment or loss of reputation you suffered due to the improper claim denial. In some cases, you may be eligible for punitive damages, which are meant to punish bad actors.

Why did your health insurance deny your claim?

Like many in Oklahoma, you may have insurance on your own dime and not through your employer. Since this is often expensive, it can be frustrating to have the insurer deny a claim you feel is legitimate. Often these issues arise when a policyholder is not familiar with the terms of the policy, but they can also come about through intentionally deceptive, or "bad faith," actions on the insurer's part.

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