Insurers' Profits Increased for First 9 Months Of 2006
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For the first 9 months of 2006, the property and casualty insurance industry has again reported record profits. The results from ISO and PCI show that the insurers' profits increased from $29.8 billion in 2005 to $44.9 billion in 2006 - an eye-popping increase of $15.1 billion. These profits look particularly absurd when the actual purpose of insurance companies is examined. Insurance companies were created in order to share risk through a pooled fund. Their only utility arises from paying out claims. Yet claims paid per premium dollar has been dropping for years. The insurance industry is simply a "middle man" who is keeping more and more of the funds that it handles each year.
Game Truck Georgia was recently hit with a $4.7 million judgment for injuries arising out of a game of "bubble soccer". But this was after they had pleaded with their insurer to settle those same claims for a pretrial offer of $1 million - which was within their policy limits. Their insurer, Atlantic Specialty Insurance, declined those offers and forced the case to trial. Now the attorneys for Game Truck Georgia are chasing their own insurance company for its bad faith refusal to settle - a refusal which led to the insolvency and desctruction of their business.
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