Tuesday, January 4, 2011

2010 in quotes - Auto Insurance version

"The commercial's message is simple. It tempts viewers with $10,000 but never explains that the doctors and lawyers, not the patient, will get the money."  From an article appearing in the Miami New Times, Dec. 9, 2010.  Available at this link:  Crash Course: 411-PAIN network will line their pockets with your insurance money.

"It could be your car. It could be my car. Anybody’s car . . . If they feel they can go out to hit you and go to these clinics, that’s what they do.”  Lt. Jewel Cameron, an insurance fraud investigator for the Department of Financial Services, quoted in ClickOrlando.com, Oct. 28, 2010.  Available at this link:  Crash for Cash: Staged Accidents Target Drivers

"South Florida used to be the focal point of these deliberate crashes . . . Tampa is now at the epicenter of this crime trend.”  In a release from the National Insurance Crime Bureau, June 28, 2010.  Available at this link:  Suspicious Staged Accident Claims Soar in Florida.

"Florida is No. 1 for fraudulent insurance complaints tied to staged accidents."  Headline of article in Orlando Sentinel, May 11, 2010.  Florida is No. 1 for fraudulent insurance complaints tied to staged accidents

"Staged accidents put every Floridian at risk, both physically and financially.” CFO Alex Sink, quoted in the Sun Sentinel, March 16, 2010.  Available at this link:  State sting results in 19 arrests for staged accidents.

"Swoop and Squat.  Such an operation typically involves two cars driven by suspects who box in a victim’s car on a freeway, causing a collision. The scam participants then file fraudulent insurance claims for alleged injuries."  Definition in the Urban Dictionary.  Available at this link:  swoop and squat.

Perry Cone practices insurance, compliance and government law, and provides consulting to in-house counsel, from the Tallahassee office of GrayRobinson. He writes from his perspective as a former general counsel, legal executive, and leader in the Florida insurance industry.

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