Attorneys have long understood that a plaintiff’s gender may affect his or her standing before jurors. But insurers are also guilty of not treating men and women equally, and it shows in their claim-resolution results. The accompanying chart, based on median settlement values in motor-vehicle cases reported to VerdictSearch, shows that nearly all of the leading insurers are more generous when it comes to paying male claimants. Farmers, whose numbers are dead even, is the only insurer standing up for gender equality, while Geico’s bias of 21 percent is the largest of the group. Note that Liberty Mutual, which also favors male cl...Show More
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