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A new study on the “Ten Worst” insurance companies confirms what we in the legal business have long known: Insurance companies put profits ahead of those that are injured and even above their own customers. As an attorney, I’ve seen firsthand how insurance companies conduct themselves in order to pad their profits.

Take, for instance, a woman I am representing. On the day she and her husband applied for life insurance, they bought a temporary policy that would cover them from “day one.” However, when her husband died suddenly of a heart attack, the insurance company denied the claim and claimed the check for payment was never cashed.

When I showed them a copy of the canceled check, they changed the reason for the denial. Right now, we’re on their fourth reason with no end in sight.

Too often, insurance companies and millionaire CEOs put profits ahead of the health and safety of the public and their customers. When they do, the only place to get justice or hold wrongdoers accountable is in our courts.

For this reason, it’s not surprising that insurance companies have spent years and millions of dollars trying to convince Alabamians that the civil justice system is “broken.” It’s about time they are held accountable. The only thing “broken” are their promises.

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