Last week, Matt Fisher wrote a blog post on his personal blog entitled, “My Sister Paid Progressive Insurance to Defend Her Killer in Court,” detailing his family’s experiences with Progressive Insurance after his sister’s death. In the post, he detailed how his sister Katie was killed when another driver ran a red light and crashed into her vehicle in June 2010. The other driver’s insurance company settled with the Fisher family almost immediately, but Katie’s insurer, Progressive, refused to pay. Katie had carried a policy that required Progressive to pay the difference between an underinsured driver’s policy and her policy limit. Instead of paying, Progressive required the Fisher family to sue the driver who hit Katie, establish his negligence in court and then use the verdict as leverage to try to force Progressive Insurance to pay the remainder of the policy. The family filed a wrongful death suit in the hopes that Progressive would settle, but Progressive never offered more than one-third of the policy limit. At trial, Progressive Insurance represented the man who killed Katie Fisher.
Matt Fisher’s blog went viral and became a public relations nightmare for Progressive Insurance. According to the Wall Street Journal, “more than 1,000 people on Twitter claimed to have dropped Progressive as their insurer in a four-day span last week.” Another 1,600 Twitter users stated that they would not do business with the company in the future. After the media firestorm, Progressive Insurance released a statement revealing that it had reached a settlement with the Fisher family.
Sadly, the Fisher family is likely not the only family that has had to deal with the run-around from Progressive Insurance. The Friedland | Carmona has represented dozens of clients insured by Progressive and dozens of clients that have been injured by other drivers who were insured by Progressive in their Personal Injury Protection (PIP) claims against the insurance company. The attorneys at the Friedland | Carmona have litigated a number of medical bill claims that Progressive Insurance refuses to pay. Often, Progressive Insurance will delay paying medical bills, forcing attorneys to file a lawsuit in order to have the bills paid. Even then, Progressive will delay paying the bills until their doctors review the claims or until a judgment is rendered, regardless of the injured party’s condition.
Matt Fisher stated, “I wrote about this case on my blog because I felt that, in the wake of my sister’s death, Progressive had sought out ways to meet their strict legal obligation while still disrespecting my sister’s memory and causing my family a world of hurt.” It appears as though Progressive often operates in bad faith, finding a way to meet the bare minimum of their legal obligations at the expense of their clients. If you or a loved one have had a difficult time recovering the money rightfully owed to you by your policy, call the Miami automobile accident attorneys at the Friedland | Carmona today! Both Jonathan Friedland and Michael Carmona, personal injury attorneys at the Friedland | Carmona, have dedicated their careers to helping victims recover compensation for their injuries. The Fort Lauderdale insurance litigation lawyers at the Friedland | Carmona have successfully dealt with and recovered compensation from Progressive Insurance for their clients. Don’t hesitate! Call (305) 661-2008 today for your free consultation!
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