Month after month, you pay hundreds of dollars in insurance premiums, expecting that if you have an auto accident your insurer will cover the bill. Unfortunately, this expectation all too often goes unmet because insurers play hardball in accident claims.

For the past decade or more, many insurers have taken a tough stance on paying so‑called “soft‑tissue” claims—those claims where the injury does not show up on X‑rays, such as whiplash. This stance is sometimes called the “Three Ds”: Deny the claim, delay the settlement, and defend in court.

So why the tough stand? The answer is simple: MONEY. For every dollar not paid out in claims, the insurer makes another dollar in profit. The fact that its insured gets dragged into court on a relatively minor claim does not seem to bother the insurance company, nor does the fact that an injured person goes uncompensated.

Insurers are paying less and less in claims, but continue to increase premiums. Why? Again, the insurers have done a good job of convincing people that liars and cheats who make false or inflated claims are actually costing them millions of dollars a year. This is also part of their strategy: Make the victims look as though they are trying to defraud the insurers, and make the lawyers who represent the victims look greedy.

The sad truth of the matter is that, as long as people let insurers get away with this strategy, insurers will continue to use it. The only hope is that when enough of us have been treated unfairly, we won’t put up with it anymore.

 For more information on dealing with Insurance companies visit the Worthington Law Group website.

Insurance Companies Play Hardball
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