CALIFORNIA -- One of their insureds sideswiped me and then kept going. They were cited with reckless driving by the police. (I was given the option of pressing charges for criminal hit-and-run, which in retrospect I probably should have done). After failing for a day to return my calls, I finally found someone high enough at Encompass to put me in touch with the assigned claims adjuster.
When I asked about getting my car repaired and getting a rental car, she told me that nothing would be done until they completed a “thorough investigation to establish fault” at some point in the indefinite future. When I pointed out that their insured had been cited and I had not, I was told that the police report was irrelevant to their determination of liability.
At that point I filed a collision claim with my own insurance company (Geico), which dealt with my claim promptly and efficiently. I will let Geico see if they can squeeze payment (including my collision deductible) out of Encompass. I will also contact their insured and let him know that in all likelihood I will be taking him to court. Should you happen to read this while considering buying insurance from Encompass, don't. They do not have your back, and remember, ultimately you personally are liable for any damage you cause.
FRESNO, CALIFORNIA -- Encompass driver blew a red light, t-boned my vehicle. Encompass says they are investigating. Over a month later, never once have they returned my calls. If I can't find someone in the office then I can't talk to them. Every time I talk to them, they try to say I am at fault, even though the Police Report, and Witnesses say that their driver ran a red light.
My last conversation with them today was with the agent from Encompass. Dott tried to tell me I need to slow down and check while I'm driving through a green light to protect myself and my family. If I fail to do so I am at fault because I am a bad driver. Are you kidding me, I have to slow down and look if your driver is going to run the red light, and if I don't I'm a bad driver? What a joke!
I was in an accident last month and the guy that hit me and totaled my car didn't have enough insurance to cover the cost of replacing it. So good thing I had under-insured motorist, well if you want to call it that. The woman that I had to deal with from Encompass, Trinka **, was so rude and insensitive to me. She tried telling me they don't have to give me the value of my car, they only have to give me what it would cost to buy it from a private seller.
First of all my car is rare, they only made it for 2 years and I only found one for sale in my state. I would have been happy if she had just given me that value, but no, she drew this process out and I still don't have a check and I had to return my rental 2 weeks ago. They wouldn't give me credit for things that I had on the car that increased the value. My husband had to go to the lot where it is waiting to be auctioned off and remove everything.
This company is all fine until you file a claim - oh of course - except for the fact that they are not there 24 hours a day and if you call, they will take 2-3 days to call you back. I understand, these people are trained to get the victim to accept the lowest amount possible, but this woman was just plain mean and rude. She never once asked if we were OK or ever said have a nice day. Encompass is terrible to their customers and they can thank Trinka ** for me canceling my insurance and they can be sure I will be telling everyone that wants to listen.
WILMINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA -- I was making a left turn and a young guy passed me in the left lane. It was only a two-lane highway right after a stop light. I had my signal light on to turn left and he passed as I was turned and I hit him on the passenger side. He received a ticket from the state patrol officer (NC). The insurance adjuster, Ann **, told me that I should be able to go ahead and get the rental car and she would get it put through as soon as possible.
The next day I called her and she told me that her supervisor had rejected the claim and they would not pay anything. The towing was $185, the rental was $73, and to get the car towed to my home was another $44. They stated that when the driver is at fault at any percentage, they can reject the claim. They admitted the young guy was at fault practically 95% but they said because I could have avoided the accident, they would not cover the claim. This is bull. I would not ever use this insurance company. They are thieves and liars. May God rain down on them.
Police report narrative (EXACTLY how it is in the police report (names removed): "Driver #2 (me) told me that he was NB on 35th Ave. SW in the curb lane when vehicle #1 put on her turn signal and moved into his lane causing him to swerve to get out of the way. This action forced him into striking vehicle #3 (legally parked). Driver #1 (her) told me that she put on her turn signal and began to change lanes when she saw that #2 was in the curb lane and moved back into her own lane. #1 was NB in the inside lane at the time. #2 (me) told me that he was just behind #1 putting him in her blind spot. #1 was cited for an unsafe lane change..."
On 8/21/2014 Encompass claims adjuster Andy ** called me at 10:30 am and denied the claim, stating to me on the phone "You made an unsafe swerve so we are denying liability."
I want to alert people about Encompass Insurance and their unfair and deceptive practices. A guy t-boned my car several months ago (he got a ticket) and I had several injuries. I had neck, rib, and thoracic sprains, as well as a dislocated sacrum (where the spine attaches to the pelvis). I also had muscle spasms (like cramps). Basically, my whole spine and back was involved to a degree.
I was told by Encompass to use the medical expense (Med-Pay) coverage I had in the policy. I was told when I bought the policy that the coverage was non-specific--I could use it for whatever treatments I needed, even to cover my health insurance deductible. The Encompass adjustor also told me that they didn't require specific types of providers or care, that the choice of treatments was up to me and my providers. I now know that's BS, and that they are deceptive in their selling and case management!
After several months of treatment, they cut off coverage before I was healed and before I had reached the coverage limit. They had a "Peer Review" done by someone I never met or talked to, a Mr. Juan **. This person alleged that mistakes were made in the early medical codes some providers used. He also claimed more documentation should have been provided early on.
After investigating his claims, I find they are quite false! The proper documentation was sent, and it is Mr. ** who is uninformed about medical coding. In general, he was misapplying Medicare codes to my case, but this is not a Medicare claim! The Physical Therapy said it is Mr. ** that doesn't know about the proper use of medical coding!
Encompass paid those bills months ago, having no problems with the documentation or coding when they came in. The paid them in full, with no overcharges indicated. What's more ridiculous is that Encompass said they would audit the bills as they came in and would check for problems or possible overcharges.
Encompass used this false and dishonest document to cut off coverage, which is really cruel and makes no rational sense. People have told me that these Peer Reviews are designed to favor the insurance company because they pay for the review. They look for any possible problems, real or imagined. Then they exaggerate those alleged problems as much as possible to phony up a case to end coverage. But the degree of dishonesty here is astounding! For Encompass to use this review by Mr. ** is a reflection on the dishonest way they conduct business. They need to be exposed!
In addition, Mr. ** never included my diagnosis or pain levels in his review, never talked to me or my providers to clarify any questions, never did an exam, and even left out the improvements I have been making. How sick can someone be to create such a distorted picture and sell out to an insurance company? Encompass was all too quick to use this dishonest review to cut off my coverage! I cannot recommend Encompass Insurance, their adjustor, Ray **, or the agency that sold the policy, Hilb Rogal & Hobbs (HRH) of Denver.