Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire from Barry Zalma’s Heads I Win, Tails You Lose
Although Louie was a convincing actor, the jury concluded only that Louie had been robbed. The jury concluded, also, that he had lied to the insurance company about the existence and value of the property. They gave judgment for the insurance company. It did not have to pay $400,000 to Louie. It did, however, find itself paying more than $700,000 to its lawyers and experts who made it possible for them to win the lawsuit.
Insurance fraud did not pay for Louie. Fighting fraud, however, saved his insurance company nothing. In fact, to defeat the fraud the insurance company spent more than it would have cost if it had paid his claim in full.
Justice was done and Louie lived happily ever after. During the trial he met Carla, a CPA with offices on the twenty-third floor of a building on California Street whom his attorneys hired. Carla took Toni’s place. Louie still lives in his condo surrounded by antiques. Whenever Carla visits, Louie receives a new bauble. Carla pays his expenses.
Louie will never again try insurance fraud. The Insurance Company will consider expense before it decides to deny a claim for fraud. Honest people will pay more for insurance than they should.
© 2020 – Barry Zalma
Barry Zalma, Esq., CFE, now limits his practice to service as an insurance consultant specializing in insurance coverage, insurance claims handling, insurance bad faith and insurance fraud almost equally for insurers and policyholders. He also serves as an arbitrator or mediator for insurance related disputes. He practiced law in California for more than 44 years as an insurance coverage and claims handling lawyer and more than 52 years in the insurance business. He is available at http://www.zalma.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mr. Zalma is the first recipient of the first annual Claims Magazine/ACE Legend Award.
Over the last 52 years Barry Zalma has dedicated his life to insurance, insurance claims and the need to defeat insurance fraud. He has created the following library of books and other materials to make it possible for insurers and their claims staff to become insurance claims professionals.
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