GEICO: Insurance Claims and Settlements
GEICO is the third largest private passenger auto insurer in the United States, providing auto insurance coverage for more than 7 million policyholders, and insuring more than 12 million cars. Since 1996, it has been a member of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway group of companies. Its ascendancy in recent years has been helped by tremendously successful marketing involving the once cute, but now arguably annoying, Gecko. This insurance company now has more market share in Maryland than any other auto insurance carrier, narrowly edging out Allstate and State Farm.
Setting Cases with GEICO
About six years ago, GEICO was very easy to deal with in settling claims in Maryland. Prior to this, our accident lawyers rarely filed suit against this insurer. But it has clearly changed their paradigm and started fighting personal injury car accident claims with more vigor to the point where we file lawsuits in most traffic collision cases involving this insurance company.
Clients who use this insurance company insurance who are not facing GEICO in a tort claim it generally report good relationships with the company. GEICO took the top spot among property and casualty insurers for customer satisfaction in the 2006 American Customer Satisfaction Index survey conducted by the University of Michigan. Our lawyers think - without any particular empirical foundation – that this insurer offers competitive auto insurance prices, at least in Maryland. Moreover, we think that their claim adjusters are particularly easy to work with in terms of disposition and their willingness to promptly return calls. Really, we only disagree with GEICO on one issue: the value of personal injury cases in Baltimore/Washington area. But that is what car accident claims are all about in the final analysis. Accordingly, many of our clients who have a potential suit against this insurer need to file a lawsuit, as opposed to settling their claim out-of-court. It is a shame to have to sue to get compensation for the harm caused to you. But, more often then not, this insurance company will leave you with no real choice.
- Get sample verdicts and settlements in car, truck and motorcycle accident cases involving GEICO.
GEICO's Handling of Personal Injury Claims
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GEICO handles a few insurance claims in Maryland out of Washington, D.C., but the majority of claims involving Maryland accidents are handled in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Again, most of the adjusters are decent people but they have clear instructions from above to make low ball offers until after a lawsuit is filed. You actually can reason with these claims adjusters. They will listen to factual and legal arguments and sometimes adjust their settlement offers accordingly. But, ultimately, 90% of the time you need to file a lawsuit to get a fair offer.
If you do file a lawsuit, most of the claims will be handled by Besok & Mullen or John Dahut & Associates. These firms have "law firm names" but are actually in-house counsel and are direct employees of the insurance company. On balance, these lawyers are far more reasonable than the adjusters when it comes to placing a fair settlement value. GEICO refers out some cases when they are concerned that there is a real chance the verdict could exceed the defendant's insurance policy limits. The Law Offices of Frank Daily - a good group of lawyers - is one of the firms that this insurer heavily relies on in these types of cases in Baltimore. It often uses Mulhern & Patterson in cases in Maryland/D.C. suburbs.
This insurance company has a number of "usual suspect" experts to defend their positions that the plaintiff is either not hurt or not hurt as bad as the plaintiff suggests. If it is an orthopedics case, as many car crash injuries are, this insurance company seems to frequently return to Dr. Joel Falik, Dr. Louis S. Halikman, Dr. J. Richard Wells, Jr. or Dr. Eddie Cohen an expert witnesses.
Contacting GEICO for an Injury Claim
To contact this insurer in a Maryland case, you can reach them at:
P.O Box 9505
Fredericksburg, VA 22403
Tthe best number is 800-841-1003.
Keep in mind the risks associated with talking to the insurance company without counsel.
Hiring a Lawyer to Fight GEICO
If you have been injured in an automobile accident in Maryland, and you have a question about your case, call us at 800-553-8082 or get a free claim evaluation. (For claims outside of Maryland, go here.)
More Information on Dealing with GEICO for Settlement or at Trial
- How much is your case worth?
- Handling Personal Injuries Without a Lawyer (tips for personal injury victims)
- Tips for dealing with auto accident property damage)
- Sample Demand Letter Asking for Damages
- Personal Injury Frequently Asked Questions
- Lawyer Help Center (samples of everything and anything an accident lawyer may need to handle an auto accident lawsuit)
- Sample GEICO Release (sample settlement documents)
- Crazy Hold Harmless Document GEICO Wants Lawyers to Sign (that you don't have to sign, believe us)
- Sample Interrogatories Served by GEICO (sample interrogatories asked in a personal injury auto accident lawsuit)