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Did the insurance company Progressive try to sabotage a legal case involving a deceased client in order to avoid paying a claim?

That's the charge of Matt Fisher, 33, who says the insurance company not only refused to pay the policy of his sister, Kaitlynn, after she died in a car accident, but also acted as defense counsel for the defendant accused of killing her.

She died June 21, 2010, in Baltimore, when another driver ran a red light.

In a blog post last week, Fisher said that Progressive's attorney in the case sat next to the other driver during the trial, conferred with the defendant multiple times in and out of the courtroom and told the jury the defendant should not be found negligent.

Fisher also wrote "on direct examination, he questioned all of the defense's witnesses. He made objections on behalf of the defendant." In closing arguments, Fisher said the attorney said, "that my sister was responsible for the accident that killed her."

Progressive, in a written statement, told ABC News that it had not acted as the defendant's attorney in the case, but Fisher defended his assertion, saying, "I am comfortable characterizing this as a legal defense."

The jury found in favor of the Fishers last week, awarding them $760,000 in damages and Progressive must pay t minimum $100,000, the amount of Kaitlynn Fisher's policy, within 30 days, the news outlet reported. The family's attorney, Allan Cohen, said he was baffled by Progressive's behavior during the case.

"They were fighting against the person who paid them premiums," Cohen said. "Maryland law requires that an insurance company act in good faith as it works with its own insured, but "we question the good faith behavior of Progressive."

After the verdict, Progressive said in a statement that "we respect the verdict and now can continue to work with the Fisher family to reach a resolution."

Full story: ABC News


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      sistersib
      • 6 Months Ago
      After the verdict, Progressive said in a statement that "we respect the verdict and now can continue to work with the Fisher family to reach a resolution." Seems to me that the jury found their resolution for them
      richamer
      • 2 Years Ago
      The car that hit and killed the woman was insured by Nationwide with a $20,000 policy. Nationwide offered the limits to the family. The family however was seeking an additional sum of money from Progressive, their insurance company, from the "underinsured" motorist provisions of the policy. Progressive refused any payment, as a witness had given a statement after the accident stating that the woman herself had run the red light and was at fault for the accident. So, a trial was necessary to resolve the issue of fault. Progressive lost. While there has been a lot of press and outrage about this case, this is business as usual in the Maryland Courts. While every motorist wants to think that their insurance carrier is there for them, when you make a claim against your own carrier, as this family did, the insurance company will treat you like an adversary. It doesnt matter if you've paid them annual premiums for 10 years without any prior claims. In their view, you are some kind of scam artist trying to steal their money. Don't think you will avoid this scenario by avoiding Progressive, as all of the big insurers behave this way. Take a look at the Allstate logo - Those two hands are empty.
      HI JAN
      • 2 Years Ago
      I work with a large amount of insurance companies for investigating accidents etc. My company will not take Progressive as a Vendor because of their policies towards the insurance holders.
      Hi ya Dale!
      • 2 Years Ago
      Scratch THAT company of new insurers I need to look at as soon as my auto policy runs out. Guess they need to pay for all their commercials. What a crock.
      darinw40@mail.com
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow I am so glad they got stupid with their rates and I left them yrs ago...will now never go back to them no matter how cheap they are and they have proven what great lengths they will go to not pay a claim..all of American needs to be aware of this....
      suealiaim
      • 2 Years Ago
      seems progressive's attorney must have been confused... curious though, why progressive would be paying out a claim to its client and not the insurance company of the person who actually killed her. condolences to the family.