Negotiating against a low ball Auto-Owners settlement offer Injured? Lawyer up before you sign a check.
Auto-Owners Insurance Settlement Payout Process:
Auto-Owners Insurance claim phone number: Call the number on the back of your proof of insurance card or dial the national phone number: (888) 252-4626.
Claim time limit: Most states have strict yet complex statute of limitations rules such as “you must bring a claim within 3 years of the date of discovery of the injury”. It’s complicated. Act fast - the insurance company will.
Repair shops: Auto-Owners Insurance requests insurance customers to use a Auto-Owners-approved auto repair facility. However, this suggestion serves only to save the insurance company money. In reality, you can go wherever you want for repair service. Tell your insurance company your favorite auto shop will do the work.
Settlement negotiation: Insurance companies like Auto-Owners Insurance Insurance Association have teams of professionals dedicated to limiting or denying your settlement payout. For small claims not involving injury, you might want a lawyer for property damage or a bad faith insurance claim. If you were injured, a personal injury lawyer can help you assess all damages.
How can I get a higher settlement from my Auto-Owners Insurance Claim?
Established in 1916, Michigan-based Auto-Owners Insurance Group operates through a network of over 44,000 independent agents in 26 states. In addition to auto insurance, the company offers a wide range of other insurance-related products for consumers and businesses. With over $20 billion in assets, the insurance business has been very good to them.
On their website, Auto-Owners Insurance boasts of multiple top rankings in auto claims satisfaction by J. D. Power, and they say their mission is to pay all they owe on every claim and pay it as soon as they can. Like all insurance companies, though, they’re in this business to make money. As many Auto-Owners policyholders have discovered, this meanslooking for any excuse to not pay out on claims.
If your injury occurred while on workplace property, while using workplace vehicles, or while carrying out duties of your job, speak with a lawyer for worker compensation to discuss the true value of your case.
Auto-Owners operates through a network of independent agents who not only sell policies but also handle claims. After an accident, you’re supposed to contact your agent as soon as possible to report the accident. Auto-Owners provides an after-hours phone service for reporting claim emergencies. Before you contact your agent to report a claim, though, you need to be prepared.
Factors affecting your Auto-Owners payout
When you call your Auto-Owners agent to file your claim, there’s a good chancethe call will be recorded. If you say anything to suggest you were even partially at fault for the accident, you’ve just handed them a reason forminimizing your claim or denying it entirely. This does NOT help you maximize your settlement amount.
The agent you speak with will gather information about your accident from the police report, witnesses, and any other sources they can locate. They’re primarily looking for evidence of who was at fault for the accident. Anything that even suggests you were partially at fault will be used to justify a lower settlement on your claim.
Don’t sign a medical records release form without consulting an attorney.
During the course of your conversation with the Auto-Owners agent, there’s a good chance you’ll be asked to sign a medical records release form. They’ll tell you they just need it to verify the extent of your injuries.Don’t agree to this until you’ve consulted an attorney.
Handing them a signed medical records release form means they can look into yourentire medical history—and you can bet they will. It’s not uncommon for unrelated or long-past health issues to be dredged up by an insurer as a potential contributor to your accident or your injuries, thereby giving them a reason to deny payment.
A good attorney will advise you on how to give your insurance company limited access to your medical records so they can only see what’s relevant to your accident.
How to negotiateagainst a lowball Auto-Owners settlement offer
Before you can be compensated for all the expenses you’ve incurred as a result of your accident, you have to have documentation. Save all your medical bills, receipts for bandages, crutches, prescriptions, and anything else you’ve had to buy. Keep track of your mileage/transportation costs for getting back and forth to doctor appointments, too, as well as the days you were unable to work due to your injury. It all adds up.
Costs to consider when calculating the value of your claim:
Dealing with insurance companies is stressful and time-consuming. They make it this way in the hope you’ll cave in and accept whatever settlement they’ve offered you. Don’t do it. If your claim is legitimate, you have every right to hold out for everything you’re owed.
Don’t trust “sign and settle” lawyers.
You’ll see and hear a lot of ads from law firms that boast about how many personal injury cases they’ve settled. These law firms are what’s known as “settlement mills.” They’re only interested in settling your case quickly, getting their cut of the insurance company’s payout, and showing you the door. They have zero clout to negotiate higher settlements from insurance companies because the insurance companies know these law firms will never take them to court. If you want the settlement you deserve, stay away from “sign and settle” law firms.
Get the opinion of a personal injury attorney experienced in dealing with insurance companies.
Even though you may be committed to handling your claim on your own, it’s worth taking advantage of a free consultation with a personal injury attorney. Most law firms offer this, Warshafsky Law included. Our free case assessment will definitely help you get a better understanding of how much is at stake with your claim.
Knowing what your claim is worth: Auto-Owners settlement amounts
Warshafsky Law has a long history of taking on big companies and winning big for our clients. The minute we take a case, we work from the premise that it will go to trial.
Insurance companies know our reputation for aggressive representation, and for winning at trial. Faced with the prospect of an expensive trial and the very real potential for a huge loss, their first reaction upon hearing you’re being represented by us is usually “What can we do to settle this case?” If their offer is fair, we’ll recommend you take it. If not, we’ll take them to court.
Warshafsky Law represents Auto-Owners Insurance policyholders nationwide
Although Warshafsky Law is based in Milwaukee, we represent clients throughout the US. If you don’t live close by, you can take advantage of a free initial consultation with one of our attorneys by phone. Should you decide to hire us, don’t worry about a retainer or monthly bills. We don’t ask for payment until you have received your settlement.