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Are independent adjusters and independent adjusting companies fading away? What role do they currently play in the overall picture of the claim-adjusting profession? Are insurance carriers eliminating them from the claim process? Is the economy dictating how and who is adjusting claims? These and many other questions are on the minds of thousands of independents who wonder what the future will hold.

With the relative lack of catastrophes since Hurricane Ike, independent adjusters are starving. Many are finding other means of income on a daily basis, while others are getting out of the business altogether. This is not only true for the less-experienced adjusters, but also for those who have been handling claims for years. Let’s address some of the factors driving this trend.

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