Safeco Insurance sells car and truck insurance in Maryland. We tend to see Safeco in larger, commercial cases but it writes standard personal car insurance policies as well. They are the 11th largest auto insurer in Maryland. The company also writes homeowner's insurance policies, umbrella policies providing excess coverage, boating insurance, and a ton of other things.
Safeco is has been around for 88 years. Four years ago, it was purchased by Liberty Mutual. Somewhere around this period, for whatever reason, both Liberty Mutual and Safeco became, at least in our view, a bit harder to deal with on settlement of personal injury claims. Still, most of our cases with them have reached a settlement agreement. There has been only one case in recent years where we were forced to take the case in front of a jury (which awarded five times Safeco's offer).
Safeco uses the law firm Rollins, Smalkin, Richards & Mackie to defend cases in the Baltimore area. They may use other outside counsel as well, but we have only seen Rollins Smalkin. It is an excellent law firm that also handles a lot of work for Erie Insurance.
This insurer seems to keep a tight noose around it counsel. It does not seem like they have a lot of authority to make real decision without running back to Safeco to get permission. It is surprising. Most insurance companies give counsel more latitude because the lawyers are the ones who are in the trenches seeing what a particular personal injury claim is really about.
We have handled a lot of car accident and other serious injury claims against Safeco. If you have a potential claim, call Miller & Zois at 800-553-8082 or get a free online consultation today.More Resources/Information for Dealing With Safeco in Personal Injury Cases