ORLANDO,Fla. — An Orange County man says a roofing company hijacked his insurance claim for hail damage that didn’t exist. Tony Annunziato blames the company for a questionable inspection and threats to sue his insurance company. He said he had a small roof leak, but an inspector from ELR Restoration claimed there was much more. “They said hail damage, there…Details
Assignment of Benefits (AOB) abuse is a fast-growing fraud scheme that is hurting Florida’s insurance consumers. While AOB is a long-established legal tool intended to allow vendors to receive prompt payment from insurers after doing emergency repair work in a home – without having to directly involve the homeowner – this process is being abused by a cottage industry of unscrupulous trial lawyers, water remediation firms and roofers. These bad actors are persuading homeowners to sign over the benefits of their insurance policies as a means for fraudulently inflating claims, filing thousands of lawsuits against insurers, and driving up attorney’s fees.