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DeShaw Lectures on Settling Injury Claims

November 14, 2014  |  Brain Injury, Colossus, General, Personal Injury  |  No Comments  |  Share

Portland personal injury lawyer Aaron DeShaw delivered the keynote speech for the Iowa Association for Justice on the topic of settling injury claims by writing better demand letters for personal injury cases. The 90 minute lecture for lawyers focused on writing different types of demand letters, and focused on some of the most common mistakes lawyers make in attempting to settle injury claims using demand letters. In addition to typical narrative style demand letters, DeShaw covered demand letter formats for insurers using bodily injury software systems including Colossus, Claims Outcome Advisor, InjuryIQ, and Exposure Manager.  These systems are used by a majority of auto insurers to evaluate injury claims.  Additionally, the lecture focused on settling injury claims involving traumatic brain injuries, and other types of neurological injury claims.

The purpose of the lecture was to help lawyers honestly communicate the extent of their client’s injuries to insurers so that reasonable offers could be made to injured people without forcing the injured person to file litigation against the insurance company and their policyholder.

Aaron DeShaw is considered one of the leading authors and lecturers on the topic of insurance software and demand letters aimed at settling injury claims with insurance companies.  In addition to his work as a lawyer, and his position on the board of the Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon, he regularly lectures nationally on insurance claim practices, traumatic injuries, advanced brain imaging, and a variety of other topics.

Oregon Personal Injury Lawyer lecturing on Insurance Settlements

September 10, 2014  |  Colossus, General, Personal Injury  |  No Comments  |  Share

Oregon personal injury lawyer Aaron DeShaw has been invited to speak on insurance settlements, as the featured speaker at the Iowa Association for Justice Annual Convention.  DeShaw is the only speaker being provided two lecture spots.

DeShaw will be teaching lawyers about the Colossus insurance claims program, which he wrote the definitive book about in 2004, which he followed as co-counsel in a class action case that obtained over $1 Billion for policyholders who had been underpaid by their own insurers as the result of a conspiracy between insurance software vendors and over 500 insurance companies.  Colossus, and other programs similar to it, [Claims Outcome Advisor, InjuryIQ, and Exposure Manager (“Xm”)] continue to be used in third party settlements (between one driver and another), as well as in some first party cases (Uninsured Motorist and Underinsured Motorist claims).

DeShaw’s lecture is about what lawyers need to know about these concealed insurance programs in order to obtain the best settlement offers for their client’s actual injuries (assuming the adjustor understands the claim and enters it correctly into their computer program.)  Because of the value of this information to lawyers handling injury claims, DeShaw is one of the most sought after speakers on the national plaintiff lawyer speaking circuit.

DeShaw will be joined in Iowa by leading trial lawyers from throughout the country including Peter Anderson of Colorado, Karen Roberts of Texas, Keith Mitnik (lead litigator at Morgan & Morgan), Karen Koehler (aka The Velvet Hammer) of Washington, and others.

While DeShaw is best known for his books and lectures on the Colossus system and how to create demand letters for settlement lawyers, DeShaw’s own legal practice is not focused on settlement.  Why?  Because he knows that the insurance software is intentionally set by insurers to underpay claims 12-20% below what insurance companies know the cases are worth.  In short, the insurers attempt to underpay claims in nearly every case, even when it is their own policyholder.  And in states such as Oregon, where there are no “bad faith” laws protecting injured people, insurance companies often offer a small fraction of the true value of their case.  As a result, DeShaw focuses his attention on a small number of brain injury and catastrophic injury claims nationally, and litigates a high percentage of those cases to get his clients a fair value for their actual injuries.


DeShaw quoted on Colossus in “A Storm of Money”

December 4, 2012  |  Colossus, Personal Injury  |  No Comments  |  Share

New Colossus article citing Aaron DeShaw

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Lawyer Aaron DeShaw quoted by Insurance Rating Agency A.M. Best

December 20, 2010  |  Colossus  |  No Comments  |  Share

The New York State Insurance Department is poised to release a report discussing computer software used by many auto insurers to standardize the way they evaluate claim. The insurance industry rating agency, A.M. Best, quoted Aaron DeShaw in this story on Colossus, an injury and claims evaluator used by Allstate. From the article:

One of the software’s biggest critics is Washington attorney Aaron DeShaw, who wrote the book “Colossus – What Every Trial Lawyer Needs to Know.” He contends the use of the software leads to intentional underpayment of claims. “Having studied this back to the program’s origin, [one] can’t evaluate a case in good faith using Colossus,” DeShaw said.

DeShaw is a leading expert in Colossus, and published several books and computer software aimed at helping attorneys and physicians navigate the Colossus claims process.

Read the full story here.