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Understanding different types of insurance law

Insurance law covers a wide scope of various legal practices and processes, and attorneys who are experienced in one area of this niche might not have a background or desire to take cases on in a different area. When you're looking for a lawyer to help with insurance matters, it's important to understand what some of the areas of the law are so you can appropriately choose a professional to work with.

Insurance law can be categorized along the same lines that the insurance industry is structured. You have health care insurance and medical malpractice insurance, and there are lawyers who specialize in helping both patients and health care professionals with all types of cases in this area. Homeowner's insurance covers your property in the event an unfortunate disaster destroys your property, but many policies also cover you if someone is injured on your land or in your house. Some lawyers work with these types of cases, either filing lawsuits on behalf of the injured or working with the party being sued on a defense.

The same is true of automotive insurance. Attorneys work on both sides of this equation too; some attorneys work with individuals who are injured and want to seek compensation from car insurance companies or policy holders. Other lawyers work to help insurance companies and policy holders defend themselves against such lawsuits.

Corporate entities or insurance companies might believe that they don't need representation or that in-house teams can handle all matters. The truth is that in-house legal teams might be experienced with some aspects of insurance law and not be familiar with local courts or the process of insurance defense. By choosing the right type of lawyer for the job, clients of all types can help ensure a better outcome.

Source: FindLaw, "What is Insurance Law?," accessed Feb. 17, 2017

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