Robert F. McCarthy and Courtney H. Zucker, members of the firm’s Global Insurance Services and Cybersecurity and Data Privacy groups, were quoted in an article for Advisen discussing the potential impact insurance industries may face due to the coronavirus.
In “`Claims in Every Form of Coverage’: Coronavirus Set to Test Insurers,” Robert and Courtney talk about how insurers should expect a rise in claims and litigation, as well as fraudulent claims. They also acknowledge that a big focus has been on business continuity planning and how many businesses don’t have a solid crisis management plan in place.
“I think we can anticipate claims in every form of coverage,” Robert said. “The vectors are just so numerous. The unfortunate aspect of this for the carrier space, is that they have to accept the claim and examine it, regardless of whether it’s covered. That’s yeoman’s work.”
“Claims in Every Form of Coverage’: Coronavirus Set to Test Insurers,” Advisen, March 13, 2020
Robert F. McCarthy, a trial and appellate lawyer with over 25 years of experience, has represented individual litigants, business entities, and insurers in state and federal courts, arbitrations, and declaratory judgment actions, and has tried numerous cases to verdict in matters ranging from complex contractual disputes to multimillion-dollar first- and third-party litigation. With experience in policy planning and enterprise risk management as well as oversight of litigation on a national scale, Bob maintains a particular focus on complex and high-exposure litigation involving commercial, excess and surplus, and specialty lines of insurance.
Courtney H. Zucker counsels insurers on a variety of complex coverage matters and handles all stages of insurance coverage litigation, from inception through trial and appeal. Her background also includes representing clients in high-exposure and catastrophic injury cases with a focus on damages.