Litigating insurance disputes requires knowledge of contract provisions and investigation of the facts that establish coverage and liability. The litigators at Giffin, Winning, Cohen & Bodewes work with numerous nationally-recognized insurance companies, litigating cases involving coverage disputes, personal injury, and malpractice claims. Most recently, our firm was selected by several national insurance associations to prepare and draft an Amicus (friend of the Court) brief for the Illinois Supreme Court.
We provide a full range of insurance coverage policy and claims analysis and defense, including automobile liability, general liability, commercial general liability, homeowner’s, health, property, excess and umbrella, professional liability and other insurance policies and claims. Our attorneys are often called upon to render policy coverage opinions, prepare reservation of rights letters, conduct examinations under oath, and conducts claims investigations for several leading insurance carriers. We also defend insurance carriers in declaratory judgment actions, breach of contact actions, bad faith actions, and other insurance coverage litigation and disputes.
Insurance defense is a unique area of practice in many ways. Effective tort litigation requires an attorney with intimate knowledge of personal injury laws and principles in addition to state and federal civil procedure and discovery devices. Moreover, because of the volume of claims insurers in Springfield, Illinois must defend, insurance defense requires a strategic approach that takes into account the potential outcomes and the resources that you are willing to utilize. At Giffin, Winning, Cohen & Bodewes, P.C., our robust insurance defense practice is founded on a 100-year record of success and sensitivity to the needs of those we represent. As a result, major insurers throughout the region routinely look to our experienced attorneys to manage litigation on their behalf.
- Auto Accident Defense
Our attorneys are fully apprised of the latest developments in Illinois insurance and traffic laws. We help auto insurers evaluate claims, work with plaintiff’s lawyers and resolve claims in a favorable and cost-effective manner, whether through settlement or trial.
- Construction Negligence Defense
Even years after a project is completed, contractors and subcontractors can potentially face liability claims from a variety of sources. Our attorneys work with engineers, construction professionals, safety specialists and other qualified experts to create a strong defense and facilitate a favorable settlement of these types of claims.
- Medical Malpractice Defense
Medical malpractice claims frequently involve substantial amounts of money and complex issues of fact and law. For these reasons, medical malpractice insurers need access to reliable attorneys who know how to work with doctors and other medical professionals to build a strong defense.
- Premises Liability Defense
Even the most careful property owners and operators receive frequent reports of injuries occurring on their premises. And property insurers must carefully evaluate these claims to distinguish between which are reasonable, which are overreaching and which are completely unfounded. Our premises liability lawyers in Springfield, Illinois conduct thorough investigations and work with respected Springfield, Illinois engineers and construction experts to help property insurers favorably resolve such claims. As experienced litigators, we are not afraid to take a case to trial whenever it is in your best interest to do so. But we also recognize that litigation costs are always a factor in insurance defense work and utilize various forms of alternative dispute resolution, including arbitration and mediation, to resolve cases in a favorable and cost-effective manner. Insurance defense attorneys and insurance professionals know that premises liability claims are by no means simple. Even straightforward slip and fall claims can involve complex engineering, construction and safety issues. And assessing the damages in any case requires a close examination of relevant medical records and a consultation with medical, economic and vocational experts. Needless to say, keeping litigation costs reasonable, while still constructing a sound and effective defense, takes skill, experience and creativity. An effective insurance defense lawyer must be able to offer realistic assessments of the strengths and weaknesses of each case and an analysis of the likely outcomes they engender, allowing adjusters and other insurance professionals to make informed decisions regarding how to proceed.
- Products Liability Defense
Illinois products liability law places a heavy burden upon manufacturers and their insurers. And because of mass production, one case frequently turns into many over time. Our attorneys help those who insure manufacturers take a strategic approach to claims litigation that ensures cost-effective resolution without creating a problem with future claims.
Our civil litigation defense attorneys have earned a reputation for their ability to cater to the unique needs of insurance companies in Illinois. Contact Giffin, Winning, Cohen & Bodewes, P.C. by calling our office at 217.525.1571 to schedule a consultation with an experienced lawyer.