Monday, August 13, 2012

Progressive Insurance Feels the Wrath of the Internet

Making the rounds of the Internet today, Matt Fisher wrote My Sister Paid Progressive Insurance to Defend Her....

"One indication that the case was pretty open-and-shut was that the other guy’s insurance company looked at the situation and settled with my sister’s estate basically immediately. Now, because the other driver was underinsured, that payment didn’t amount to much, but my sister carried a policy with Progressive against the possibility of an accident with an underinsured driver. So Progressive was now on the hook for the difference between the other guy’s insurance and the value of Katie’s policy."

Insurance companies are regulated by states and not the federal government. So each state is different. "In Maryland, you may not sue an insurance company when they refuse to fork over your money. Instead, what they had to do was sue the guy who killed my sister, establish his negligence in court, and then leverage that decision to force Progressive to pay the policy...At the trial, the guy who killed my sister was defended by Progressive’s legal team."

Gawker has a little more on the followup.

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