South Carolina House Bill on Claims Practices Referred to Committee
February 10, 2011

A South Carolina bill, HB 3638, which addresses improper claims practices has been referred to a House committee for discussion. The bill would make it illegal for an insurer to require a consumer to use a specific repair service for an estimate or repair of a covered claim and it prohibits insurers from intimidating or threatening.

The bill, introduced by Rep. Herbkersman (R),  also states it will be considered an improper claims practice if an insurer, “unilaterally and arbitrarily disregards a repair procedure or repair cost identified by an estimating system to which the insurer and an automobile repair facility have agreed to use to determine the cost of a particular automobile repair."

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