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Insurance Question from Beaverton, OR

Asked on 01/18/2016

is it legal for an insurance company to pay a claim with out letting me know NULL

Answer given on January 20, 2016

If you have an auto accident and cause damages to the other car, your insurance company has the duty and right to adjust the claim based on their investigation of the incident.The investigation includes taking a statement from you and the other party as well as any witnesses and, if there is a police report, taking that information. After all is reviewed the insurance company will make the decision as to whether or not they will make a settlement with the other party.Sometimes the insurance company will contact you, the client, and advise prior to the settlement, but they are not required to do so. If the insurance company has already issued the settlement check, it is probably too late to change it. However, you should talk to the adjuster so you will understand why they paid the claim to the other party. If they will not explain or you don’t understand it, ask to speak with a supervisor.


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