Florida’s leader in tough claims management and policyholder abuse is Citizens Property Insurance. It is immune from liability to Florida’s statutes regarding improper handling of claims. Like a thief without laws against robbery, citizens can do whatever they want and not be held accountable to the victim. Citizens Property now wants more protection from liability to contractual obligations by sending its claims disputes to Florida’s administrative courts.
In a story by Insurance magazine, Goodbye courtroom? Florida citizens want claims disputes heard by admin judgesit was reported that:
The Citizens Board of Governors voted on Wednesday to proceed with a policy approval that would allow the insurer or insured to file claims disputes with the state Department of Administrative Hearings, known as the DOAH. Both parties would not have to agree to the DOAH site.
The aid would also limit the plaintiffs̵7; legal fees to approximately $ 200 per hour, without fee multipliers, which could ultimately save the insurer thousands of dollars each year in legal costs.
Citizens will apply for approval soon, officials said. The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation will decide whether to approve it.
If the recommendation is approved, Citizens said the recommendation could be added to the policies in February next year.
This is another way in which people lose rights. Governments have historically wanted their own government judges to decide issues – governments do not trust juries. Citizens will argue that contractual obligations force this scenario, as if the policyholder had something to say about in the language of insurance that governs a person’s right to a jury trial.
But does this not have to be approved by the Swedish Social Insurance Agency? I do not hold my breath because Florida’s current OIR regime is living up to its obligation to protect policyholders. Maybe I’ll be proven wrong. I hope so.
I married a judge. I should have asked for a jury.
– Groucho Marx