New legislation in Florida aims to crack down on auto glass insurance fraud
“Auto glass repair schemes are becoming another example of assignment of benefits (AOB) abuse in Florida and this bill helps address this growing problem. Some auto glass repair shops try to convince unsuspecting consumers to sign over their insurance benefits. These shops aren’t affiliated with the insurance companies. They may inflate the glass claim and then turn around and sue the insurance company, often without the policyholder’s knowledge.
In 2006, approximately 400 auto glass AOB lawsuits were filed, according to the Florida Department of Financial Services. That number jumped to 20,000 lawsuits in 2016. We still have a long way to go toward fixing the Florida system and protecting consumers. Thousands of cases are still being filed, which is evidence AOB abuse is a real problem that must be addressed.”
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It’s a shame that some auto glass repair shops have to tarnish the industry with such bold acts. What’s even worse is that they prey on consumers during a difficult time and use that to their advantage. Looking at the jump in the increased number of lawsuits in that 10-year period is jaw-dropping. Hopefully, this new bill will effectively eliminate such fraud and penalize these companies.
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