Our firm has friends in the insurance industry and other sources of information who have privately provided evidence of wrongdoing by insurance companies. On more than one occasion, documents evidencing wrongful insurance claims conduct have appeared on my front door or in unmarked mail with anonymous notes asking that the information be disseminated. Sometimes, the proof of the current secret claims warfare against policyholders is provided to us by the insurance industry itself. We received such proof last week in an email.
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Policyholders should be concerned when experts for the insurance company are getting business by advertising:
“WIN MORE CASES – PAY LESS CLAIMS – SAVE YOUR COMPANY MONEY”
As I read the advertisement, I remembered my old post, Policyholders File RICO Suit Against State Farm In Handling Of Katrina Claims, where the pressure by State Farm upon engineers was brought to light. I recently posted in Why Causes Of Loss Are Important To You, that:
“Unfortunately, it is sometimes my experience that insurance company adjusters are experts in telling policyholders how little damage occurred following a loss, and they fail to describe how such perils often affect parts of structures which are not readily available for inspection. Indeed, HAAG, an engineering consultant company retained by insurance adjusters, even has courses for adjusters which demonstrate to the adjusters how HAAG can prove that the damage is less than what meets the eye or common sense may expect. The reason other engineering firms generally do not get insurance company business is because they typically lack an orientation to find ways to minimize claims or refuse to accept the low rates insurance engineering firms charge. Guess whether the low rates correspond to low quality work?”
My observations are supported in numerous cases and complaints by policyholders. For example, Slabbed reported in Aiken V USAA Casualty Insurance Company Day 3: The Experts, that Rimkus changed its engineering report with no notice to its policyholder and without even asking permission from the engineer that authored the first report.
The point is that judges and regulators need to understand that the insurance experts hired by insurance companies are often not there to provide truthful opinions but to help underpay claims. Policyholders need to be forewarned about the reality of the experts hired by many insurance claims adjusters.