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Progressive Spying on Car Wreck Victims

In August, the Atlanta Journal Constitution broke a story about Progressive Insurance Company’s use of private investigators in a shocking manner. The story, which is unfortunately no longer available online, stated as follows: When a new couple arrived at Southside Christian Fellowship in August 2005, members welcomed them with open arms. Soon, the new couple…

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Not Like a Good Neighbor

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood said that his office has settled its dispute with State Farm Insurance Cos. over how the insurer handled Hurricane Katrina damage claims in Mississippi.  State Farm has complied with a 2007 agreement by reopening some claims and agreeing to pay more than $74 million more to policyholders whose homes were…

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CDC Reports Emergency Room Waits Getting Longer

Nationwide, more patients are seeking care in fewer ERs. The average time that hospital emergency rooms patients wait to see a doctor has grown from about 38 minutes to almost an hour in the past decade, according to federal statistics released last month. According to the report authored by the federal Centers for Disease Control…

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Something to Think About

Here is a reprint of a Dear Abby column: Recently, a man ran a stop sign, rammed my car and left me with a broken back.  From that I learned what a dim view insurance companies have of homemakers.  When asked if I was losing time at work, I answered with an honest “yes.”  Then…

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Drive Less, Save on Insurance

A Dallas-based company is offering Texans auto insurance by the mile. MileMeter, which is targeting people who drive fewer than 12,000 miles a year, is the only company offering mileage-based insurance in Texas despite a law passed in 2001 that encourages such a plan. MileMeter charges from 3 to 20 cents per mile, depending on…

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Did Driver's Knowing Risk Void Policy?

A criminal flees the police at speeds topping 100 mph, crosses into oncoming traffic and smashes into a car.  Sounds like a nightmare?  It gets worse.  His insurance company doesn’t want to pay up on his $300,000 auto insurance policy. The Texas Supreme Court will soon decide who deserves the law’s protection – the family…

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Dallas Starts Towing Uninsured Vehicles

The City of Dallas has begun in earnest with the new policy of towing the vehicles of uninsured motorists. I hope the Austin Police copy this tactic and that word spreads quickly and greatly reduces the number of drivers who don’t carry the mandatory auto liability coverage. This would be a great benefit to our…

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Family wins suit against insurer

A driver who led police on a high-speed chase in 1999, smashing into a family car and badly injuring a young boy near San Marcos, did not void his insurance policy by acting in a dangerous manner, the Texas Supreme Court ruled Friday. Nationwide Insurance had claimed that it did not have to pay the…

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Another reason for the increased cost of medical insurance

A McAllen cardiologist who sent medical assistants and untrained employees around South Texas in a recreational vehicle to offer “free” diagnoses and treatment – only to later bill the federal government – has pleaded guilty to health care fraud. Dr. Fabian Aurignac billed the federal Medicaid and Medicare programs thousands of dollars for services unlicensed…

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Can I Settle It Myself?

A question I sometimes am asked by people who were injured in an accident is whether the injured person can settle the claim on their own. Of course, you don’t need a lawyer to settle your claim, just like you don’t need a lawyer to file a lawsuit or defend against one. The real question…

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