I lived in my home for over 60 years. Then, I made an insurance claim with SAFECO INSURANCE. Instead of simply repairing the damage done by the tree falling on my bedroom, they told me lies and stole my home through destruction. SAFECO INSURANCE, PROTECH CONSTRUCTION, LOS ANGELES COUNTY BUILDING AND SAFETY are all involved in this theft by deception.
Protech Construction was found to be in violation of the Professional Conduct Code, and was ordered to pay me for damages assessed by the Contractors State License Board. Protech did not pay as ordered. I filed a claim against the contractor’s bond, and they are now stalling me about payment.
If you are insured with SAFECO INSURANCE or have any contracting work scheduled with PROTECH CONSTRUCTION owned by Vince and Kimm Paglia, you need a new insurance company and a new contractor. SAFECO INSURANCE does not have any oversight. There is no one in charge there. The Presidential Service Team is no joke as it does not assist consumers resolve problems with claims adjusters. Claims adjusters and contractors maintain a confidential relationship that disadvantages the consumer. Once they close ranks, no help will be forthcoming from within the company. Consumers are forced to seek assistance from the Department of Insurance, but they do not help consumers get answers to pertinent questions and they make no demands of the insurance company to provide consumers with answers to legitimate questions about the handling of a claim.
SAFECO INSURANCE appears to have every law firm capable of fighting them on retainer. Not even PUBLIC COUNSEL would help me bring a case against the insurance company because of conflict of interest concerns. Unless one has an incredible amount of money, there is no legal help available. Stalling, along with lying, is the chief action employed in the commission of this scam. SAFECO INSURANCE repeatedly notified me that I could not file a lawsuit against them if it was not brought within a year of the commencement of work, hoping to convince me that the statute of limitations would expire and I would be without recourse. That might be so if I was only looking to prove bad faith, but this is fraud and a civil suit can still be brought.
CAVEAT: AVOID SAFECO INSURANCE AND PROTECH CONSTRUCTION, PERPETRATORS OF A CLAIMS SCAM THAT DEPRIVES CONSUMERS OF THEIR HOMES AND THE INSURANCE CLAIM FUNDS NECESSARY TO PROPERLY RESOLVE A CLAIM.
Who insures you against your insurance company? I paid for insurance against hazards like theft, water damage, tree limb fall, a toilet seat crashing through the roof. If I had enough money, I could insure against earthquake. I’d be paying big premiums for protection against an infrequent, but potentially very damaging event. I shoulda been a risk analyst.
Who insures against the risk of the insurance company itself? Who knew Safeco/Liberty Mutual would dispossess me? I could never have foreseen myself without the only home I’d ever known. My major concern when the tree limb fell on my home was not becoming homeless, but I am homeless nevertheless. Why am I homeless indoors? Because I should have bought insurance against the hazard of my insurance company. I don’t know who sells it. Do you?
I’m afraid to write that Vince Paglia, the president of Protech Construction, the contractor who lied to my face, stole my home, stole $80+K, and claimed he didn’t know me, is about to be cited by the Contractors State License Board. He may lose his license if he doesn’t pay me what he owes.
I’m afraid to write that Kent Stiles, the claims adjuster who works for Safeco/Liberty Mutual, has not yet been stopped. He has kept my claim file in suspense for a year. No matter who I speak to at Safeco/Liberty Mutual, no matter how many times I tell the story of how Stiles has falsified documents, lied to me, manipulated numbers, I get sent right back to him for resolution. Makes no sense. I am very concerned about customers of this insurance company. They have too many complaints, always said to lowball all estimates, poor general customer service, and the slowest response rates in Christdom.
I am afraid no longer. Funny how that writing what you fear works.
On 6 March 2018, Kent Stiles paid Vince Paglia $80K+ for services not provided at this site, for materials not installed at this site. Over the course of this claim, Vince Paglia was paid with 7 checks. I have an itemized statement for only one check, the last one collected over my objections that the document was false. I requested the prior statements, but neither Stiles nor Paglia will provide them, opting to ignore me and my complaints and their blatant fraud.
Avoid Safeco Insurance and Protech Construction. I don’t know who is running this company that owes a fiduciary responsibility to clients, but anyone dealing with these companies should find alternatives as quickly as possible.
I had to take a break from thinking about Safeco and Protech. It is bizarre to me that I am having such a weird experience with an agency I am supposed to trust(?) to do the right thing because I have faithfully paid my premiums to Safeco since 2011.
I received a letter from Cheryl Flaherty, Consumer Affairs Manager for Safeco/Liberty Mutual. “We have conducted a thorough investigation and have determined that your allegations are unfounded and of no merit. We request that you cease and desist from any further comments or allegations related to any employee of Safeco Insurance/Liberty Mutual Insurance Company that was involved in the adjustment of your claim.”
Now, cease and desist raises my hackles. Cease and desist is usually a legal demand. Coming from a Consumer Affairs Manager, it reads like a threat. Cease and desist, or what? What about this thorough investigation? How could it be thorough if you never spoke with me?
Flaherty goes on: “Please be aware that as of the date of this letter (21 February 2019), First National Insurance Company of America/Safeco Insurance will only respond to issues related specifically to your claim and specifically only to new information related to the adjustment of the claim.”
For the past year, I have been doing nothing but attempting to get questions answered about my claim. It has been an exercise in futility as the only person apparently qualified to work my claim, the man who refuses to answer my questions, is the same man who orchestrated grand theft. I cannot understand how and why this nightmare experience continues.
All of the questions I had about why it took 19 days to get a response to my initial report of the damage to my home caused by a tree that fell during high winds; about why proper plans were never drawn for the rebuilding of my home; about why the contractor, Protech, was paid for goods and services not provided or in evidence on this toft.
Today, as a birthday present to me and in compliance with Flaherty’s instructions, I sent a request for the itemized statements or invoices submitted by Protech to Safeco for payment. I have one statement and it is for the items that do not exist here but for which Safeco paid Protech in excess of $80K. This was the last payment. Six others preceded it. I should have those itemized statements, doncha think?
If you have an insurance policy with Safeco Insurance, you should look for another provider. There is something terribly wrong with a company that is supposed to have the consumer’s trust but won’t answer questions, lies to your face, bullies you, and destroys your home with no consequences.
The low premiums lure you in. Just don’t file a claim. It took 19 days to get a response from Safeco after a huge tree fell on my home. Good thing my home was made of old, hard walnut wood, else I might be dead now.
Finally, an adjuster responded, sent an appraiser to assess the damage. He couldn’t make a full assessment because he could not see the inner workings of the house, the beams and such, so he called for an engineer. The engineer assessed the damages as being confined to my bedroom. No other rooms were involved and no damage was done to my workshop at the rear of the property. The amount needed to repair my home was set at $48K, detailed in a dated engineering report (Donan Engineering) with an expiry date of March 2018.
How did my bill come to $430K? Come back tomorrow and I’ll tell you.