Michael Grossman - An Attorney Experienced in Fighting Progressive Insurance
Many of the insurance companies our attorneys routinely litigate against are downright unprofessional. Some even break the rules. Progressive is usually a very professional company to deal with, but that doesn't mean they like to pay fair compensation to accident victims without a fight.
Our experienced car accident attorneys want to share with you a little of what we know about Progressive. We hope this helps to answer some of your questions.
Questions Answered on This Page:
- How do I win a case against Progressive insurance?
- How hard is it to recover my losses after being hit by a driver insured with Progressive?
- What options do I have aside from filing a claim with Progressive?
History of Progressive
On March 10, 1937, Joseph Lewis and Jack Green started Progressive Mutual Insurance Company as an investment opportunity for a couple young lawyers. Progressive's consistent growth from the time that the company was founded, which resulted in the decision to become a public company in 1971. Three years later, Progressive moved its headquarters to a Cleveland suburb, Mayfield Village. In 1987, Progressive surpassed over $1 billion in premiums.
As it stands today, Progressive is one of the largest car insurance companies in the country. Between the years of 1996 and 2005, Progressive grew an average of 17% a year, to move from $3.4 billion to $14 billion in premiums. The company has also expanded internationally, even selling car insurance in Australia. The company supports over 27,000 employees.
Handling a case against Progressive
If you go to Progressive's website, they have a page that's designed to tell you the steps you should take immediately following a car accident. These include: making sure everyone in your car is ok, calling the police, and contacting the insurance carrier to report the claim. These sound like logical steps. That's what insurance carriers like Progressive want you to think, that the only course of action available to you is to file a claim through their company.
What you need to keep in mind is that the insurance adjusters at Progressive are focused on saving their company money. No matter how sympathetic they may sound on the phone, they're looking for angles to devalue or even reject your claim. It helps to have an experienced attorney on your side that can handle those conversations for you. What might seem like harmless banter with an adjuster can actually be a tactic to trick you into saying something that hurts your claim.[iparticle id=1]
Controversies surrounding Progressive:
In 2002, Progressive settled with the State of Georgia in a class action lawsuit of diminished value claims brought up by policyholders.
They apologized in 2007 after is was discovered that the company hired private investigators to pose as church members in order to college information on litigants seeking redress from the company. The same litigants also filed another lawsuit for invasion of privacy and fraud.
Arguably the largest controversy to date surrounded how Progressive handled claims filled by the family of Kaitlynn Fisher after being struck by a negligent driver. Under Fisher's UIM policy, Progressive ultimately represented the defendant earning criticism from many.
Give Grossman Law Offices a Call:
Our car accident attorneys have over 25 years of experience handling personal injury claims in the state of Texas. We've won literally thousands of cases, and we're confident we can answer whatever questions you may have about your possible claim. If you've been injured in a car accident by a driver insured by Progressive, give us a call today. We have attorneys available to speak with you 24/7. Our number is: (855) 326-0000.
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