Protect Yourself Against Colossus – Your Case’s Greatest Opponent

What is Colossus?

Colossus may be your case’s greatest opponent. Colossus is a computer program that some of the largest insurance companies like Allstate are using to estimate personal injury claims from auto accidents. Though these insurance companies claim that the use the program only as an initial evaluation tool, Colossus is being used to low-ball the injured party’s claims.

Colossus’s estimation is based on numerous factors that negatively affect a claim and lower the value of the case. Since it was originally created to evaluate soft tissue injuries (non-broken bones), it does not have the ability to value serious, even fatal injuries. Colossus simply looks to medical records, provided by an insurance adjuster, to assign a value to an auto accident victim’s bodily injury. It awards higher values for injuries like broken bones and gives greater value to victims who went to the hospital immediately after the accident. As such, Colossus allows Allstate, Aetna, USAA, and any auto insurance company that uses it, to artificially drive down injury values. Allstate’s adjusters controlled the information fed into the Colossus program and in turn, they reduce the benchmark or baseline values by only inputting the lowest settlement amounts. There is a range of possible values, from low to high, that must be considered when estimating the size of the claim.

It’s a Formula

Colossus does not consider the true extent of a victim’s pain and suffering – it’s only a formula. While judges and juries tend to listen to the victim’s story, truly understanding the impact of the injury, the insurance adjuster who uses Colossus simply types in the accident scenario (using a few keywords which must be in Colossus recognizable language) and sees what the average settlement is for the sustained injury in the area. What’s more is that the accident and settlement information used in Colossus is the private property of the insurance companies using the software. Therefore, there is no way to make sure that the accident descriptions are being entered impartially. At any point, insurance adjusters can manipulate the information input in the program. They have all the power to determine whether the victim gets awarded enough money to pay the medical bills or whether they will end up incurring thousands of dollars in debt. Additionally, Colossus does not consider key details like brain damage, injury complications or the future injuries caused by the accident.

Consumer Alert

On December 9, 2010, the Consumer Federation of America released a “Consumer Alert,” warning Americans who have been injured in auto accidents about Colossus. The CFA offered these 4 tips:

  • Find out if a computer program was used to evaluate your claim
  • Demand to see the range of results the computer generated
  • Do not accept any offer less than the “high” end of the range and consider making a counter offer that is about the high offer
  • If the insurer does not agree to settle at the high end of the range, consider filing a complain with your state insurance commissioner and seeking legal help with your claim


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Allstate named the “worst”

Allstate first started using Colossus in the 1990’s in an effort to decrease the size of auto claim payouts. In fact, according to the Consumer Federation of America (CFA), the sales literature published by Colossus’s manufacturer “touted Colossus as ‘the most powerful cost savings tool’ and also suggested that, ‘the program will immediately reduce the size of bodily injury claims by up to 20 percent.’” Colossus is at the heart of Allstate’s Claims Core Process Review (CCPR), a program introduced by McKinsey Consulting in 1996 in an attempt to cut claims-department expenses. Rather than paying the victim what he deserves, Allstate maintains profit margins by purposefully lowering budget, cutting staff, and controlling claims severities. This is all in an effort to raise the multi-billion dollar company’s bottom lines.

Allstate Corporation is the nation’s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, serving approximately 16 million households. It is also the worst insurance company, according to American Association for Justice, as the company puts its profits over its policy-holders they are paid to serve. In 2007, after over 15 years of telling its insurance adjusters to employ a confrontational attitude towards its policy-holders (“Deny, Delay & Defend”) Allstate made $4.6 billion in profits, with $156.4 billion in assets. The following is a list of Allstate’s subsidiaries.

Company Name 
ALFS, Inc.
ALIC Reinsurance Company
Allstate Assignment Company
Allstate Assurance Company
Allstate Bank
Allstate County Mutual Insurance Company
Allstate Distributors, L.L.C.
Allstate Financial Advisors, LLC
Allstate Financial Corporation
Allstate Financial Services, LLC
Allstate Financial, LLC
Allstate Fire and Casualty Insurance Company
Allstate Floridian Indemnity Company
Allstate Floridian Insurance Company
Allstate Indemnity Company
Allstate Insurance Company
Allstate Insurance Company of Canada
Allstate International Insurance Holdings, Inc.
Allstate Investment Management Company
Allstate Investments, LLC
Allstate Life Insurance Company
Allstate Life Insurance Company of Canada
Allstate Life Insurance Company of New York
Allstate Motor Club, Inc.
Allstate New Jersey Insurance Company
Allstate New Jersey Property and Casualty Insurance Company
Allstate Non-Insurance Holdings, Inc.
Allstate North American Insurance Company
Allstate Property and Casualty Insurance Company
Allstate Reinsurance Ltd.
Allstate Settlement Corporation
Allstate Texas Lloyd’s
Allstate Texas Lloyd’s, Inc.
American Heritage Life Insurance Company
American Heritage Life Investment Corporation
American Heritage Service Company
Charter National Life Insurance Company
Concord Heritage Life Insurance Company, Inc.
Deerbrook General Agency, Inc.
Deerbrook Insurance Company
E.R.J. Insurance Group, Inc.
Encompass Floridian Indemnity Company
Encompass Floridian Insurance Company
Encompass Home and Auto Insurance Company
Encompass Indemnity Company
Encompass Independent Insurance Company
Encompass Insurance Company
Encompass Insurance Company of America
Encompass Insurance Company of Massachusetts
Encompass Insurance Company of New Jersey
Encompass Property and Casualty Company
Encompass Property and Casualty Insurance Company of New Jersey
First Colonial Insurance Company
Intramerica Life Insurance Company
Ivantage Select Agency, Inc.
Kennett Capital, Inc.
Keystone State Life Insurance Company
Lincoln Benefit Life Company
Northbrook Holdings, LLC
Northbrook Indemnity Company
Northbrook Services, Inc.
Northbrook Technology of Northern Ireland, Limited
Pafco Insurance Company
Pembridge America, Inc.
Pembridge Insurance Company
Roadway Protection Auto Club, Inc.
Sterling Collision Centers, Inc.
Surety Life Insurance Company
Tech-Cor, LLC