SANTA ANA, CA--(Marketwired - Oct 27, 2014) - The Santa Ana law offices of Pyka Lenhardt Schnaider Zell (PLSZ), dedicated to quickly and efficiently handling its clients' legal concerns by providing exceptional results for a reasonable cost, today announced it will offer training sessions to out-of-state insurers handling claims within the state of California. The approximately 90-minute training sessions are offered free of cost and are hosted at the insurer's out-of-state offices for groups of 20 or more. The sessions provide not only the training but also the certification required by the California Fair Claims Settlement Practices Regulations.

Designed to promote the prompt, efficient and equitable settlement of claims, the regulations part of the California Code of Regulations, Title 10, Chapter 5, Subchapter 7.5, delineate certain minimum standards and requirements for claims handling and claims settlements.

"Many out-of-state companies who handle cases in California are unaware of the very specific requirements for handling claims that originate here -- putting them at risk for possible penalties and exposing them to bad faith litigation," says A.J. Pyka, managing partner at Pyka Lenhardt Schnaider Zell. "Our firm aims to provide a roadmap to handling claims in California and to educate insurers about requirements for communicating with claimants, documentation of claims files, and other key pieces of information that will protect their organizations from potential bad faith lawsuits."

Covering California requirements for the prompt investigation and processing of claims, the training sessions review everything from requirements for record keeping to disclosure of policy information, and focus on essential information regarding prohibited settlement practices. Also covered in the sessions are standards for specialty coverages and timelines and time limits regarding settlement payments. Upon completion of the course, participants will receive a signed certificate from PLSZ.

Insurance companies with an interest in setting up a training session should contact PLSZ at (714) 835-9011 or

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About Pyka Lenhardt Schnaider Zell: For more than forty years, the partners of Pyka Lenhardt Schnaider Zell have been serving the legal needs of individuals, public entities, private business and the insurance industry; representing national, regional and local clients in California and Arizona. The four founding attorneys have more than 150 years of combined experience, with over 250 tried to verdict cases and a more than 90 percent success rate. The attorneys of PLSZ represent both the old and new guards of law, and bring a solid combination of experience, efficiency and sensitivity to each of its clients. With expertise in a wide spectrum of civil litigation, including public law (civil rights, premises liability and school district defense), product liability, personal injury, construction defect, employment (including sexual harassment), defamation, mold and toxic tort, PLSZ attorneys bring the same care and respect to each case that comes to their desks. With a guiding principle of keeping clients fully informed of all significant developments in their cases and working closely with them to resolve litigation matters quickly and economically, PLSZ believes that its experience and integrity provide unparalleled efficiency for its clients. For more information, please visit

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