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Thursday, 06 June 2019 21:43

Consumer Advocate Gives Industry New Voice With Insurance Regulators

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 Ohio attorney Erica Eversman said some state insurance regulators are open to hearing about collision repairer’s concerns. Ohio attorney Erica Eversman said some state insurance regulators are open to hearing about collision repairer’s concerns. John Yoswick

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Getting complaints from multiple shops around a state—rather than a lot from one shop—can help demonstrate a pattern or practice and thus trigger an investigation, she added.

 

When submitting a complaint about an insurer’s refusal to pay for a necessary OEM repair procedure, she recommended shops to stick to the facts.

 

“Do not whine,” Eversman cautioned. “Tell them the proper way to repair the vehicle and let them know it’s a safety issue.”

 

The NAIC website offers links to each state’s insurance regulatory agency, including a link that shows how to file a complaint in each state.

 

Eversman also suggested that collision repairers support the re-election next year of Mike Causey, a retired life insurance executive and a former lobbyist for the North Carolina Autobody Association of Collision and Autobody Repair (NCACAR). Causey, a Republican, was in the news earlier this year after he alerted federal law enforcement about what he saw as an attempt to bribe him. The chairman of the Republican Party of North Carolina—one of four people indicted in the scheme—allegedly offered campaign contributions to Causey to help ensure special treatment for an insurance firm. All those indicted have denied the allegations.

 

“Mike is the guy who wore a wire for the FBI” after he told authorities of the alleged bribery attempt, Eversman said. “Mike is a friend of this industry. He’s willing to help the industry, but we have to keep him there.”

 

Eversman said that like the other consumer liaisons, she has a one-year term in the position at the NAIC, but can reapply this fall for another term.

 

“Some of the consumer liaisons have been with NAIC for 15-plus years and really know the various departments and how they operate,” she said.

 


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