Insurance is put in place to provide us with a sense of security. Your insurance company is supposed to be your safety net when tragedy strikes. There’s something you need to understand though. The insurance adjuster is paid to protect the interests of their employer – the insurance company. It’s not in their best interests to payout. I’m going to address some of the tactics insurance companies use to limit payouts on claims. If you understand how insurance companies operate and learn what insurance companies are not telling you the better prepared you’ll be when a tragedy happens.
Where Does The Money Come From?
You may feel that if you make a claim the insurance company can’t afford it, or that your premiums will increase. That’s not necessarily true. Here are some of the profit numbers for 4 of the top insurance companies.
Revenues increased 3.6% to $34.5 billion, net income available to common shareholders (“net income”) was $2.3 billion, and operating income* rose 24.3% to $2.7 billion, or $5.68 per diluted common share, due in part to lower catastrophe losses than in 2012. http://www.allstate.com/resources/Allstate/attachments/annual-report/Allstate-2014-AM-materials.pdf
Total revenue, which includes premium revenue, earned investment income, and realized capital gains (losses), was $68.3 billion for 2013 compared with $65.3 billion for 2012. State Farm reported net income of $5.2 billion in 2013, compared with $3.2 billion in net income in 2012. https://www.statefarm.com/about-us/newsroom/2014/02/28/state-farm-announces-2013-financial-results
Net profits for 2013 amounted to 1.17 billion dollars with a 6.5% increase from 2012. http://media.corporate-ir.net/media_files/irol/81/81824/arInter/13_annual/financial.html
Total revenues increased from 2012 at $162,463,000 to $182,150,000 in 2013. Net earnings attributable to Berkshire Hathaway (Geico’s parent company) increased from 2012 at $14,824,000 to $19,476,000 in 2013. The recent financial report for 2013 show steady increase in profits for at least the past 5 years. http://www.berkshirehathaway.com/2013ar/2013ar.pdf
The Real Truth about Personal Injury:
The insurance adjuster is on your side and is there to help you.
The insurance adjuster is paid to protect the interests of his or her employer – the insurance company.
The accident wasn’t your fault, so some insurance company will automatically pay for the property damage to your car, your medical bills, your lost wages, and your injuries.
The insurance company will fight you every step of the way.
When you are in an accident and the insurance company calls and asks for a recorded statement, you must give them one or they will not settle with you.
Your OWN insurance company may require you to give a statement. You must cooperate with your own insurance company. Make sure that you know who is asking you for a statement. If you have any questions, contact an attorney.
The accident wasn’t your fault, so if you give the insurance company a recorded or written statement they will pay for property damage and medical bills.
The insurance company will take whatever steps are necessary to limit what they should pay you.
The insurance company will make a fair and reasonable settlement offer.
The insurance company is under no obligation to make any settlement offer. They will dangle the possibility of an offer only to obtain as much information as they can gather to use it against you later. If a settlement offer is made, it will be below the actual value of your case.
The insurance company will not offer or pay more if you hire a lawyer.
The insurance company’s own research shows settlements in cases where the injured person is represented by a lawyer are significantly higher and the client receives more money even after payment of attorney’s fees.
What Is The Simple Truth?
The simple truth is insurance is a necessity to stay prepared when something unexpected happens. Insurance helps keep you safe.
The best way to combat the insurance companies is with knowledge and an advocate looking out for your best interests. A highly experienced and well-qualified lawyer covers both.
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