PROTECTING CONSUMERS AGAINST INSURANCE SCAMS Overview Assignment of Benefits (AOB) is a legal tool intended to ensure the prompt payment of vendors (such as contractor repairing home damage) who provide services to policyholders without requiring a policyholder to be involved in the payment process. However, in recent years, unscrupulous trial lawyers and contractors (often water…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.