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When most people think of catastrophe adjusters, they probably envision claims professionals dealing with fallout from weather-related events. But the universe of potential catastrophic claims is far broader than that and is growing—especially in regard to third-party and man-made catastrophes. These can range from environmental disasters and massive transportation snafus to technology crises. 

Sean Upton, Senior Vice President of Environmental Claims at Aspen Insurance, speaks with NU about the core competencies of the cat adjuster and the skills required to excel.

What are the essential skills a catastrophe adjuster must possess?

Any competent catastrophe adjuster must have strong organization skills, be able to process large amounts of information quickly, possess technical understanding of the subject of the claim, be able to prioritize issues, and be confident in his or her ability to make good decisions. To break it down:

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