Hagens Berman: Allstate and First National Accused of Cheating Consumers out of Thousands on Wrecked Vehicles
'Attorneys say other auto insurance providers are likely engaging in the same fraud. If you wrecked your car and your insurer bought it from you, your insurer may have underpaid you by thousands.', 'The complaints describe a “uniform ‘condition adjustment’ to multiple comparable vehicles involved in a valuation without even distinguishing one vehicle from the next.” The suit also accuses Allstate of valuing the wrecked cars by comparing them to “gray market” vehicles—vehicles manufactured for use in foreign countries and often worth less than those produced for the U.S. “These arbitrary and unjustified condition adjustments artificially and improperly reduce claim payments by hundreds or thousands of dollars,” the suit reads.', '“Consumers who just had their car wrecked in a major accident are in a tough spot—they need their insurance money to get back on the road and get back to their lives. When insurance companies work to shortchange them instead of protecting them, that’s just wrong,” said Steve Berman, managing partner of Hagens Berman.', 'Berman, a nationally renowned lawyer for the three named plaintiffs, seeks to represent anyone who is insured under automobile insurance policies issued in Washington whose claim valuations were based upon the values of comparable vehicles reduced by artificial, unexplained “condition adjustments,” or didn’t get paid in full for the sales tax, registration fees, or license plate charges that would arise if they bought a new car.'
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