for that loss and the total amount that I was entitled to (in order to get my bumber fixed) was $900. But then, the insurance company said that because I had another damage (on a separate part of the bumber) that they would only give $80. I am tempted to file a Small Claims case against their insured. Do you think that the insurance company - once they see that a Small Claims case has been filed - might come forward and give me a better offer? Many thanks.
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Medical Malpractice Attorney
I wouldn't bet on it - but I guess it could be possible.
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Car / Auto Accident Lawyer
Certainly there is expense to the insurance company in defending a $900 claim. The expense may be greater than the value of your claim. This will not necessarily mean they will settle with you.
Either way, you are doing the right thing. The damage they are claiming decreases the amount of their offer is on a different part of the bumper. Bring your proof, bring your pictures, bring your estimates and you should be fine.
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Personal Injury Lawyer
Maybe, maybe not. Insurance companies will often spend more to defend claims than they would spend by settling a claim. You can't count on a settlement just by filing a lawsuit
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