I realize that this post might be a bit off topic but it shows the arrogance of insurance companies and their contempt and disdain for the rule of law.  Nursing home attorneys routinely see this when the insurance companies refuse to provide nursing home records or when they state an elderly resident’s life is not worth much because "they were already going to die" or when they blame neglect on resident complaince.

Allstate Insurance Co. told a judge that they refuse to produce key records to the Court no matter how much the Court fines them.  Judge Michael Manners has already fined them $25,000 a day since mid September — a total of $2.4 million and growing.

Last month the Missouri Supreme Court ordered the documents produced. At issue are the so-called McKinsey documents which show how Allstate set up a claims scheme in the 1990s that shortchanges clients while earning the insurance company huge profits.

Allstate still refuses to disclose the damaging documents.

The case stems from a car wreck seven years ago on Interstate 70. Allstate client Paul Aldridge of Hawaii ran into the back of a truck and severely injured the driver. He is suing Allstate for bad faith for refusing to pay the claim for years.

One Thought on “The audacity and arrogance of insurance companies

  1. I know I’m off course, but I’m so glad to find this avenue to tell my mother’s story. In August, 1975 at age 62 my mother was employed by Blue Cross. She was strong and well and so happy about her job. In early September she awoke one morning unable to move either of her legs. She was hospitalized with blood clots. When she called Human Resources at Blue Cross she was informed that, unfortunately, she had no health insurance coverage due to her short period of employment. Later she found her employee handbook clearly stated that insurance coverage was effective the first day of the month following employment. They then honored her health benefit.
    Subsequently she was called by a sympathetic, concerned Blue Cross representative. She was also told of the heavy burden her absence had left on her co-workers. Sadly, Blue Cross had no means of filling the gap unless she resigned her job.in the officeher position if she didn’t resign. This hurt her so much because she sincerely treasured her job and she didn’t want to lose it, nor did she want to place a burden on poor Blue Cross. Additionally, she was heavily medicated and not lucid for the remainder of her life.
    Upon her death my step-father contacted them about the enormous (5,000)life insurance she became eligible for when she became eligible for health insurance. Coverage was denied because they said she had called and resigned by phone. There was no paper work generated, no time and date, etc.
    My step-dad who was a man from a Nebraska farm who worked at the packing house for years and then as a night watchman at an Omaha bank until he could no longer do it. He asked an attorney who worked in the bank building if he would check into it, and he came back with the story she had resigned and thus terminated her life insurance. He may have been a nice man, but no Omaha attorney in his right mind takes on Blue Cross.

    But as for the present time, almost daily the news is finally reporting on the terrible turmoil and despair that Blue Cross specializes in. Tragedy after tragedy.

    Thanks, I feel better. I hope someone who may read this feels my feelings are valid.

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