Preexisting Back Injury Negates Bad Faith Finding For Claim Denial, Judge Finds

PHILADELPHIA - Because a plaintiff had a preexisting, degenerative back condition that multiple medical personnel deemed to be unchanged after her auto accident, a Pennsylvania federal judge on May 30 found that an insurer did not act in bad faith in denying her claim for underinsured motorist (UIM) benefits (Lesley Richardson v. United Financial Casualty Co., No. 2:11-cv-07688, E.D. Pa.; 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 75713).

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