I have to admit, I got such a kick out of John J. Pappas "From Beautiful Brazilians to Bear-Catchers" commentary that was featured in yesterday's issue of Insurance Bad Faith.
I am a journalist, not a lawyer; so I just write about litigation, and unfortunately miss out on experiencing the day-to-day gems that Pappas gets to witness first hand, such as his story of a burly father with bushy eyebrows (who claimed to once being a Greek Ambassador) who told Pappas that he could not ask his son questions about his mental health or mental deficiencies during an examination under oath regarding the alleged theft of $80,000 worth of Persian rugs. When Pappas asked the father why he couldn't ask his son about his mental deficiencies, the father respond: "He does not know about them."
That's good stuff. It got me thinking about how many other gems like this insurance lawyers experience in the field. If you have any stories of note, please share them. We could all use a good laugh sometimes (especially on a rainy day in Philadelphia).
EUOs can be fun. <BR><BR>Once we asked a theft victim to describe his stolen ring -- he held up his ring finger and pointed to it.<BR><BR>Or when we asked an insured about the Lalique perfume bottle who said she had never even heard of the Lalique brand of perfume.<BR><BR>One person, speaking through a Mandarin interpreter, answered every question with "it could be said so." I replied that it could be said that the sun rises in the West, but it doesn''t.<BR><BR>Finally, I asked through an Armenian interpreter, if the insured had set fire to his home. He answered "Yes!" I was dumbounded but his lawyer laughed sine in Armenian the word "yes" means "me" and he was only saying: "Who, me?" Of course, five years later we proved that he had set the fire.
Classic examples. I think my favorite was the last one. An emphatic "Yes!" err I mean "Me." Is it tough to keep your composure when you''re thrown off guard like that?<BR><BR>Thanks for sharing!