Negotiating against a low ball Progressive settlement offer Injured? Lawyer up before you sign a check.

Progressive Settlement Payout Process:

  1. Progressive claim phone number: Call the number on the back of your proof of insurance card or dial the national phone number: (800) 776-4737.
  2. 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.
  3. Repair shops: Progressive requests insurance customers to use a Progressive-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.
  4. Settlement negotiation: Insurance companies like Progressive 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. 
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How can I get a higher settlement from my Progressive Insurance Claim?

Progressive Corporation, better known as “Progressive” to car insurance customers, sells itself as the innovator of the insurance industry. Progressive is one of the five biggest U.S. auto insurance providers, a Fortune 500 company collecting billions of dollars every year in revenue.

Progressive Insurance succeeds at making shopping for auto insurance policies simple and convenient. But when it’s time to cover the cost of your auto accident or hit and run accident, it may not be as quite as easy for injured car accident victims to collect the compensation they deserve. Maximize your settlement by not accepting the insurance initial offer and hiring an aggressive lawyer to help you calculate all the expenses throughout your case.

Even less threatening injuries like whiplash can mean weeks of rehabilitation therapy, added bills, inability to work, etc. If you think the settlement is unfair, make a counteroffer and don't let the insurance company lowball you.

No matter what an insurance company calls itself, the bottom line is the same: they say and do whatever it takes to make auto accident claims go away for as little money as possible. Warshafsky's top-rated team of Milwaukee auto accident lawyers, on the other hand, will fight for your right to fair compensation.

Things can get more complicated when your injury occurred on workplace property, while using workplace vehicles, or while carrying out the duties of your job. Schedule a free consultation with a workers' compensation attorney to discuss the true value of your claim.

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How do I get my Progressive settlement check?

Reporting a claim with Progressive is easily done online, over the phone or using the mobile app. Insurance companies are eager to make filing a claim as easy and fast as they can for you—hoping you'll quickly accept a lowball offer so they can cross your claim off their ledger. Eventually, they’ll send you a settlement offer in the form of a check. Keep in mind that this is just an offer, and can be negotiated.

Factors affecting your Progressive payout

Before you receive a settlement check, you can expect a liability examiner from Progressive to interview everyone involved in the accident, gathering further information from:

  • Accident location photos and measurements
  • Witness statements and police reports
  • Independent repair estimate research
  • Anything you tell them

The bottom line: insurers will seek out information they can use to deny, dispute or delay your claim in order to save money. Expressing concern for your situation may be genuine, but telling you they’ll take care of you is a strategy.

The best way to avoid being taken advantage of by insurance company tactics is to consult an attorney and let a professional handle communication going forward to increase your settlement amount.

DIY Personal injury claims: handling a Progressive claim on your own

You may be wondering how to file a personal injury claim without a lawyerBefore deciding to handle your claim without legal help, it’s best to be aware of the risks you take by speaking to a claims adjuster without an attorney.

The claims process has many pitfalls for the inexperienced. If you decide to go it alone, be cautious and get informed about common insurance company practices used to keep you from getting a fair settlement.

There’s a statute of limitations on personal injury lawsuits, and once time runs out, you’re stuck with whatever they feel like offering you. Insurance companies have many delay tactics for this very reason.

After an accident, you get ONE chance to recover the damages you need to put your life back together. Your best chance of getting a fair settlement offer from Progressive is with an experienced personal injury attorney on your side.

DIY insurance claim tips:

  1. Keep your guard up. It’s safe to assume every time you talk on the phone to anyone at your insurance company, it’s being recorded. Even a small inconsistency in your answers or an innocent mistake can be used to deny or dispute your claim.
  2. The rep or claims adjuster may be a very nice person—but don’t take your eyes off the bottom line. They probably are a nice person, but everything they say and do is calculated to minimize or dismiss your claim.
  3. Get it in writing. Communicate with your insurer by letter or email to create proof of your actions. Follow up phone conversations with a short note to confirm the statements and promises made by the representative. If the insurance company later disputes the accuracy or timeliness of your submissions, you’ll have the evidence.
  4. Know what you’re up against. Negotiating with a giant insurance company isn’t like haggling with a used car dealer. Any company representative you talk to is backed by legions of professionals (including attorneys) dedicated to limiting or eliminating settlements.

How to negotiate against a lowball settlement offer

The best way to improve your odds of a fair payout from an insurer is to contact a personal injury lawyer and let a professional deal with the legions of trained representatives and attorneys working for the insurance company.
Although a lawyer is your best bet, there are some tips you can try to help you increase your settlement amount:

1. Be prepared

Be able to explain the reason for your claim and to prove the value of your pain and suffering with specific points.

2. Save receipts

And medical bills, recent paystubs, mileage driving to and from the doctor, and anything else to show the value of your claim.

3. Stay cool

When you get a lowball offer (and you WILL), stay calm and be polite. The rep you speak with may only be authorized to offer up to a certain amount. If necessary, ask to speak to a different claim adjuster or supervisor.

4. Go the distance

Insurers KNOW you’re facing a growing pile of medical expenses and unpaid bills. They count on the financial stress and frustration with the process to work in their favor. Don’t fold, and don’t sign a check for less than you deserve.

5. Know what your claim is worth

Some costs are easy to identify, like your hospital bills and car repairs. Calculating lost wages and pain and suffering is far more complicated.

Additional personal injury claim costs to consider:

  • Property damage
  • Car rental
  • Deductible
  • Hospital deductible
  • Non-prescription medical expenses (bandages, braces, etc)
  • Chiropractic care
  • Future medical expenses
  • Subrogation

Subrogation means if someone else is at fault for your injuries, your health insurance company has the right to seek reimbursement for their payments.

Knowing what your claim is worth: Progressive settlement amounts

It’s easy for insurance companies to give their policyholders the runaround, but the situation changes quickly when you have an attorney representing you. Especially if it’s an attorney with Warshafsky Law.

Unlike “sign and settle” law firms that encourage their clients to accept whatever lowball settlement offer the insurance company offers so they can move on to the next case, Warshafsky Law is known for aggressive representation. We prepare every case for trial from day one, and insurance companies know our reputation for winning big for our clients. We've handled Progressive, GEICO, Allstate and State Farm insurance claims with success, along with numerous other insurance companies.

When Progressive Insurance gets notified you’re being represented by Warshafsky Law, their settlement offer is likely to suddenly become more generous. If it’s a reasonable offer—one that covers all your expenses—we’ll advise you to take it. If not, we’ll take the case to court to ensure you get everything you’re owed.

Warshafsky Law represents Progressive policyholders nationwide

Although Warshafsky Law is based in Milwaukee, we represent clients throughout the US. You can take advantage of our free initial consultation with one of our attorneys over the phone if you’re outside the Milwaukee area. If you decide to hire us, you’ll pay no legal fees until you have received your settlement.

Contact our personal injury law firm for a free case appraisal on no-win-no-fee legal representation.

6 WI Car Accident Laws that Impact your claim

What to know about Progressive repairs after your car accident

A "Progressive repair shop in Wisconsin" is a myth, plus 3 other lies

Lie #1: “We’d like to get this taken care of for you as quickly as possible.”

When the Progressive Insurance rep tells you “I know how frustrating this must be” and “We want to get this taken care of for you as quickly as possible,” watch out. They know how inconvenient it is to be without a car, so they know you’ll probably go along with whatever they propose for getting the work done. Including the repair shop they recommend.

Lie #2: “There’s a Progressive shop near you…”

Fantastic! They know a repair shop near you. Sounds great, right? Well, maybe not.

The truth is that no one working for Progressive Insurance is looking out for your best interests. They’re looking to pay the least amount possible. And this includes whichever shop will do the work for the least amount of money. The shop “near you” isn’t necessarily the best shop to repair your car, and it may not even be the nearest shop.

If there’s a body shop you know and trust and you’d rather have them work on your car, tell the insurance company. You’re under no obligation to get your car repaired at the shop Progressive wants you to use. It isn’t like health insurance.

Lie #3: “Aftermarket parts are just as good as the OEM parts”

Before you have any work done on your car, you need to ask the shop if they’re going to use OEM parts or aftermarket parts. If they tell you there’s no difference, check with another repair shop. Aftermarket parts are notorious for not fitting like OEM parts, not lasting as long, and not working as well as OEM parts.

Progressive Insurance (and other insurance companies) will tell you aftermarket parts are fine, of course. They’re looking for the cheapest possible way to get your car repaired.

The Big Lie in Personal Injury Settlements

The biggest lie you’ll get is that their settlement offer is the best they can do. Question this and they’ll tell you how the dollar amount was carefully calculated to cover all reasonable costs. Actually, it was calculated to cost them the least amount possible. As soon as you cash a settlement check, you’ve waived your right to litigate for a higher settlement. Instead, get the opinion of an experienced personal injury attorney.

Contact the No win, No fee car accident lawyers at Warshafsky today for a free case evaluation.