Public Hearing Scheduled on Legislation that Would Provide for Pre-Litigation Disclosure of Insurance Coverage in Vehicle Accident Cases

Sep 25th, 2012 | By Douglas C. Melcher | Category: Short Articles

On October 12, 2012, the Committee on the Judiciary is scheduled to hold a public hearing on, inter alia, the “Pre-Litigation Discovery of Insurance Coverage Act of 2012″ (B19-890). The legislation, if enacted, would provide for pre-litigation disclosure of insurance coverage in vehicle accident cases. Specifically, the legislation would require insurers to disclose the coverage limits applicable to an insured’s policy within 30 days after a claimant (1) makes a written claim to the insurer for compensation concerning a vehicle accident for which the insured may be liable, and (2) provides certain documentation in support of the claim, including but not limited to an accident report and medical records, if any. The stated purpose of the legislation is “to facilitate settlements and to reduce the amount of litigation in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.” The legislation was introduced in July 2012 by Councilmember Phil Mendelson who is Chairman of the Judiciary Committee and also Chairman of the D.C. Council. To retrieve an electronic copy of the legislation from the D.C. Council’s website, click here. To retrieve an electronic copy of the public notice announcing the hearing, click here.

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