10 things your auto insurer won't tell you

Here’s an excellent article I came across today about buying auto insurance: Check it out and let me know what you think. Andrew Read More »

Good News – If You're a Health Insurance Company

Big 5 insurers’ profits up 56% in 2009 As the nation struggled last, year with rising health care costs and a recession, the five largest health insurance companies had combined profits of $12.2 billion — up 56 percent over 2008, according to a new report by liberal health care activists. Based on company financial reports... Read More »

State tells State Farm to pay up for charges

State Farm Insurance was slapped on Monday with a far-reaching state order that calls on the state’s largest insurer to refund $310 million to its Texas home insurance customers for overcharges dating back to 2003. Texas Insurance Commissioner Mike Geeslin said that State Farm, which provides coverage to 1.2 million Texans, must pay up after... Read More »

Study links trauma deaths, lack of insurance

Patients who lack health insurance are more likely to die from car wrecks and other traumatic injuries than people who belong to a health plan, even though emergency rooms are required to care for all patients. regardless of ability to pay, according to a study to be published today. An analysis of 687,091 patients who... Read More »

Who is really in the driver's seat?

About a month ago, I had to take the deposition of a driver that had caused an accident.  I really ticked off his attorney when I asked him the following questions: Q: Are you aware that, after the accident, my client had blood in his urine for a few days? A:    No. Q: Are you aware that,... Read More »

Texans losing health coverage

Every month, 24,070 Texans lose their health care coverage, according to a report released Wednesday by an advocacy group. The report by Families USA, which is an advocate for quality, affordable health coverage for all Americans, comes as Congress is weighing, health care reforms pushed by President Barack Obama. The report says that between January... Read More »

Does State Farm owe Texans $1 Billion?

State official to determine if insurer overcharged customers, by how much Pick a dollar amount between zero and 1 billion. Depending on whom you ask, that’s what State Farm Insurance owes its Texas customers for overcharging on homeowner policies dating to 2003. The Office of Public Insurance Counsel, the state’s consumer advocate for insurance, says... Read More »

Can I Settle It Myself?

A question I sometimes am asked by people who were injured in an accident is whether the injured person can settle the claim on their own. Of course, you don’t need a lawyer to settle your claim, just like you don’t need a lawyer to file a lawsuit or defend against one. The real question... Read More »

Another reason for the increased cost of medical insurance

A McAllen cardiologist who sent medical assistants and untrained employees around South Texas in a recreational vehicle to offer “free” diagnoses and treatment – only to later bill the federal government – has pleaded guilty to health care fraud. Dr. Fabian Aurignac billed the federal Medicaid and Medicare programs thousands of dollars for services unlicensed... Read More »

Family wins suit against insurer

A driver who led police on a high-speed chase in 1999, smashing into a family car and badly injuring a young boy near San Marcos, did not void his insurance policy by acting in a dangerous manner, the Texas Supreme Court ruled Friday. Nationwide Insurance had claimed that it did not have to pay the... Read More »