Sunday, October 28, 2007

Farmers Insurance Continues to Serve Its California Customers

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Farmers Insurance Group of Companies has moved many of its mobile command centers and its Mobile Catastrophe Claims Bus to serve the most customers when they are allowed to return home.

Farmers Mobile Catastrophe Claims Center Bus is located at the Westfield North County Mall, 200 E. Via Rancho Parkway, in Escondido. The bus is parked near Sears.

The Farmers Mobile Catastrophe Claims Center Bus is a rolling customer support center equipped with top-of-the-line technology for immediate claims handling and outfitted with comforts of home such as a grill for on-the-spot meals. Farmers customers can stop by the Mobile Catastrophe Claims Bus anytime. Reporters are welcome to tour the bus as well.

Farmers Insurance and Foremost Insurance companies are continuing to serve its customers with seven mobile claims centers, for customers to file on-the-spot claims, located throughout Southern California:

1. Escondido High School, San Diego, CA
2. Hilton Garden Inn, 17240 Bernardo Center Drive, San Diego, CA
3. Goodwin’s Market, 24089 Lake Gregory Drive, Crestline, CA
4. Falbrook Community Center, 341 Heald Lane, Falbrook, CA
5. Farmers District Office in La Mesa, 8911 La Mesa Blvd, Suite 101, La Mesa, CA
6. Ramona Community Center, 1710 Montecido Road, Ramona CA 92065

Farmers has more than 400 claims adjusters in Southern California to assist victims of the fires. Farmers advises its customers affected by any of the wildfires from San Diego to Los Angeles and anywhere else these fires spread, to immediately contact Farmers’ 24 hour claims hotline, 800-HelpPoint (1-800-435-7764) for immediate assistance. Foremost customers can call 1-800-527-3907.

As of Sunday October 28, 2007 Farmers has received more than 4,900 claims. Foremost Insurance, one of the Farmers’ companies has received more than 800 claims resulting from the fires and winds.

Farmers is the second largest homeowners insurer in California.

Farmers Group, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Zurich Financial Services, an insurance-based financial services provider with a global network of subsidiaries and offices in North America and Europe as well as in Asia Pacific, Latin America and other markets. Farmers® is the nation's third-largest Personal Lines Property & Casualty insurance group. Headquartered in Los Angeles and doing business in 41 states, the insurers comprising the Farmers Insurance Group of Companies provide Homeowners, Auto, Business, Life insurance and financial services to more than 10 million households. For more information about Farmers, visit our Web site at www.farmers.com.


Contact:

Farmers Insurance Group
Jerry Davies, 213-400-4459 (cell)
jerry.davies@farmersinsurance.com
Mark Toohey, 805-907-2216 (cell)
mark_toohey@farmersinsurance.com

1 comment:

Blog Against the Machine said...

First of all beware of FARMERS INSURANCE. To any of you out there working for this company, I understand, you need to make a living. So do doctors performing abortions. Also, I would not be writing this now if it weren't for my belief that what I have to say is demonstrative of the industry as a whole. Furthermore, I have heard that some companies are worse than FARMERS. Nonetheless, my personal experience is with FARMERS so I write about them.

If you are a customer of FARMERS INSURANCE I urge you to take your business elsewhere. If possible, try to use a non-profit insurance company. I have been fortunate enough to use USAA Insurance for my entire adult life. Since this is a non-profit insurance company it operates differently from the rest of the industry, and I have been very satisfied with their service. However, I had the misfortune of encountering FARMERS INSURANCE in the following manner.

In 2006 three people from Long Beach California by the names of LETICIA MONTES, ERIN DIVA, and ALEX FUKUMA, and the Association they represent, stole more than $10,000 dollars from me. By saying they stole from me here is what they did.

The Association these three scoundrels represent is a Home Owners Association. By statutory law in California, and according to the terms established by the Home Owners Association, the Association is responsible for the Common Areas of the complex. Due to a water leak from another common area, the wall cavities in the walls between my unit and a neighboring unit developed mold. I had an architect verify that these wall cavities are Common Areas, and I had the company that eventually remediated the mold verify that the mold was in the wall cavities. Nonetheless, these scoundrels were unhappy about having to pay for the damage that was caused by their mismanagement of the plumbing problem. So in a daring act of thievery, these criminals put a lien on my property so that I would be forced to give them $11,258.73.

It turns out the three bandits - LETICIA MONTES, ERIN DIVA, and ALEX FUKUMA, and their Association are insured by FARMERS INSURANCE. Thus, when I filed a law suit to get back the money that was stolen from me, FARMERS began vigorous rounds of legal gamesmanship on behalf of these thieves to prevent me from vindicating my rights and avoid addressing the merits of my claim. As a result of the insurance company's games, I have spent more than $14,000 in legal fees and costs. This will more than double if FARMERS INSURANCE insists on taking this case to trial.

Now, almost a year and a half later, FARMERS INSURANCE has apparently come to terms with the fact that gamesmanship will not be able to defeat my legal claim, and I will be heard in court on the merits. Therefore, I was offered $14,000 to settle my claim. A year ago $14,000 would have compensated me for the money that was stolen by MONTES, DIVA, and FUKUMA. However, after a year of procedural games, that money won't even pay my attorney's fees. FARMERS created a catch-22 and this is how these insurance companies and the legal system operate all the time. They claim that decisions made by insurance companies are a matter of economics to get the most benefit from the least cost. But in reality it is corruption. By spending more than a year running up legal fees on both sides and then trying to settle a case for what it was worth before incurring those fees on both sides, FARMERS and companies like them dis-serve their customers, stock holders, the legal system, and the public as a whole.

Ironically, I warned MONTES, DIVA, and FUKUMA before filing suit that this would happen. But when you are insured you don't have to pay the consequences of your actions By letting the insurance company and all of their customers share the cost, and reaping the benefits of the externalities, corruption is not only legalized, but encouraged and controlling the system. That is the current state of our civil legal system and insurance industry.

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