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Thursday, 22 May 2014 21:06

Arizona Attorney Takes on ‘Short Pays’

Attorney David Hume of Scottsdale, AZ, has quickly become an authority at helping collision repair shops recover insurance company underpayments.

“Last year, through the Automotive Service Association of Arizona, I became aware of the problems collision repair shops are having obtaining fair reimbursement from insurance companies,” stated Hume. “I was amazed at the blatant disregard many insurers have for paying a shops posted labor rates as well as for all of the procedures repairers must follow to properly repair vehicles”.

Luz Rubio, executive director for the Automobile Service Association of Arizona (ASA AZ) said, “More and more, I am hearing from shop owners who are frustrated by insurer interference in the repair process. Insurance companies are simply refusing to compensate shops for what must be done to ensure that vehicle owners receive a safe and proper repair.”

Hume has successfully settled several cases out of court with Metlife, Ameriprise, and State Auto on behalf of Jan Vesely, owner of Jan’s Spectrum Collision Center in Tempe, AZ. As a result, interest in filing short pay suits is on the rise, and several other Arizona collision shop owners have agreed to have Mr. Hume represent them using an Assignment of Proceeds signed by the vehicle owner. All settlements made to date have included reimbursement for Hume’s fees as well as court costs.

When asked why he decided to pursue legal action, Vesely said, “Because that seems to be the only way to get it done, and the only thing that some insurance companies understand. There has always been a legal aspect to our business, but it was little understood by the shops until some attorneys showed us the way, like Erica Eversman, Patrick McGuire, other shops across the country, and namely Ray Gunder in Florida. It’s time to work together, level the playing field, and take back control of our industry. If we stand on the sidelines and wait for the other guy to do it, it won’t happen.”

David Hume can be reached by phone at 602-279-1915 or by email at david.hume@azbar.org.

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