A. G. warns insurance company about hail damage repair estimates - MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS

Hailstorm damage payments exceed $209 million

Jim Hood is warning some big insurance companies to pay all the costs associated with the recent hail storm damage Jim Hood is warning some big insurance companies to pay all the costs associated with the recent hail storm damage
Hood says these repairs are spelled out in their own manuals Hood says these repairs are spelled out in their own manuals
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Mississippi's Insurance Commissioner has released new information on the massive hailstorm that slammed the metro. More than $209 million has been paid out by insurance companies to home and auto owners. And this is not the end of damage claims.

Commissioner Mike Chaney says companies are processing claims as quickly as they can and few complaints have rolled in about the claims process. The epic hail storm hit March 18.

The storm sent tens of thousands of cars to body shops for dent repair and smashed windshields. It was a costly payout for insurance companies, but State Attorney General says some insurance companies are not including all auto body repair costs in some of their estimates.

Jim Hood is warning some big insurance companies to pay all the costs associated with the recent hail storm damage to scores of vehicles in the metro.

General Hood sent a letter recently to the Insurance Corporation and subsidiaries telling them to make corrections. He said if not, actions could result in civil or criminal penalties.

Hood says these repairs are spelled out in their own manuals.

Recently, more than 20 local body shop owners met with the State Insurance Commissioner to lodge complaints.

"So who's on the losing end of this? the body shop or the consumer," said Clinton Body Shop owner John Mosley. "If the body shop doesn't charge for it, the body shop loses or the technician working on the car. But if the body shop charges for it and insurance doesn't pay, the owner of the car loses because he has to pay the difference."

And the difference could add up to several hundred dollars. Even after you pay your deductible.

If you feel you have a complaint, contact the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division.

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