Claims Magazine-April 2007

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  • And They Call the Wind "Moriah"

    Ken Brownlee

    At a condo association meeting, I was surprised to learn that the only insurer willing to write the property insurance was the state insurer.

  • Identity Theft

    Staff Writer

    As kids, long before becoming risk managers or claim adjusters, we fantasized about becoming someone else when we grew up--a fireman, astronaut, or even an NFL quarterback.

  • Increasing Your Odds of Success

    Staff Writer

    The National Underwriter Company along with Claims Magazine has busily been preparing this year's program for the ACE America's Claim Event conference.

  • Will Mold Become the "Next Asbestos"?

    Eric Gilkey

    A litigation update from the law firm of Wood Smith Henning & Berman (WSHB) said that mold bodily injury claims won't turn into the "new asbestos" any time soon.

  • Two-Wheeled Transportation Troubles

    Eric Gilkey

    Springtime is upon us, and with the season comes another annual rite: young squid throttling up their crotch rockets on the big slab, avoiding Clydes and road gators, but many times doing so with no skid lid.

  • An Icon in from the Rain

    Eric Gilkey

    Golden Arches. A Bitten Apple. The Swoosh. These words conjure up corporate logos that immediately connect consumers to McDonalds, Apple, and Nike.

  • States Ban Texting 4Ever

    Eric Gilkey

    Whether it's talking on a cell phone, applying makeup, or inhaling a meal while on the go, drivers and their distractions are increasing in number and frequency.

  • NAIC Explores Independent Adjuster License

    Eric Gilkey

    The National Association of Insurance Commissioners released an updated model law several weeks ago that would require all independent claim adjusters to obtain a state-based license before they could begin working.

  • Report Card Issued for State Fraud Bureaus

    Staff Writer

    A report from the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud concludes that state fraud bureaus have been successful in combating insurance fraud, but there is still room for improvement.

  • Steering a Tire Investigation

    Peter R. Thom

    When a claim representative suspects tire failure as a factor in an automobile accident, he may call on an automotive expert.

  • In Utero Injuries

    David D. Thamann

    If an employee is injured during the course of employment, that employee, in most circumstances, will receive scheduled workers' compensation benefits.

  • Does it Center on Senter?

    Erika Rosenfeld

    The eye of that storm is directly over the state of Mississippi, and it has knocked a critical clause in the standard homeowners' policy right off its foundation.

  • Technology Reduces Dangerous Driving

    Staff Writer

    A recent traffic study in Philadelphia revealed that longer yellow lights and intersection cameras are effective in keeping drivers from running red traffic lights.

  • Unfair Claims Law Amended

    Staff Writer

    House Bill 6065 aims to abolish the condition that anyone who suspects an unfair claim settlement practice has to prove that the practice is carried out with regular occurrence.

  • Fraud Leader Calls It Quits

    Staff Writer

    According to Arkansas Insurance Commissioner Julie Benafield Bowman, an alleged auto insurance fraud ringleader recently turned himself in to the Little Rock police.

  • Web Site Serves Investigators

    Staff Writer

    Web-based case management tools provider Customer Expressions has launched a new web site to promote its I-Sight Investigation software.

  • Concentra Introduces Scoring Method

    Staff Writer

    Integrated employment-related injury services provider Concentra now has a predictive modeling "scoring method" that aims to rapidly identify those workers' compensation cases that could potentially become high-cost claims.

  • Infoglide Helps Track Fraud

    Staff Writer

    Infoglide Software's Identity Resolution Engine resolves identities and finds hidden relationships.

  • Running Up the Flag:

    Robert Regis Hyle

    While claim adjusters quietly are going about their business, insurers are using predictive modeling schemes and rules-based technology behind the scenes.

  • PLRB Meets the Challenge

    Phil Schreiner

    Justifiably billed as the largest and most comprehensive, this year's event held last month in Orlando, lived up to the PLRB's established reputation.

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