Claims Magazine-April 2008

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  • Misjudgment at the Top

    Ken Brownlee

    A look at National Underwriter's Dec. 31, 2007, "Top 10 Insurance Stories" reveals two stories that are positive, one or two that are neutral, and the rest that are negative.

  • Sounding the Tsunami Alarm

    Eric Gilkey

    The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has put the final touches on a system designed to alert U.S. territories when a tsunami strike is imminent.

  • Back To Reality

    Staff Writer

    Hollywood's recent writers' strike left television networks desperate for ideas to fill hours of programming.

  • Beantown Hosts PLRB/LIRB

    Michael Houts

    The Property Loss Research Bureau and the Liability Insurance Research Bureau is gearing up for another year at the annual Claims Conference, which is being held in Boston.

  • Questions of Coverage

    Staff Writer

    The most important -- and often toughest -- part of an adjuster's job is determining coverage.

  • Getting It Right with Technology

    Eric Gilkey

    Research and consulting firm Celent has published its second edition of a report that examines how insurers are implementing effective technology into their daily operations.

  • Scruggs Dodges Contempt Charges

    Eric Gilkey

    Famed attorney Richard "Dickie" Scruggs dodged criminal contempt charges last month that stemmed from Hurricane Katrina litigation.

  • Telecommuting and Insurance Issues

    David D. Thamann

    Most people know the "joys" of commuting to work every day: high gasoline prices, traffic jams, pollution from auto exhaust, parking hassles, to name just a few.

  • A Case of Semantics

    Patrick J. Moffett

    Those in the restoration industry are taught in water-damage restoration schools that soaked building materials are brought to this state by a leak or a flood.

  • Senate Bill Moves Along

    Staff Writer

    South Dakota has seen the introduction of a bill that would institute certification provisions concerning the use of replacement auto parts after a vehicle has been involved in an accident.

  • State Farm Makes the Grade

    Staff Writer

    The Northwest Automotive Trades Association (NATA) recently conducted a survey of auto collision repair shops across the state of Oregon for the third year in a row.

  • Doing More with Less

    Greg Horn

    The auto insurance business environment is changing rapidly, a fact that the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.) supports with some telling numbers.

  • Bad-Faith Myths

    C.j. Haddick

    Insurers unaware of their rights when defending against bad-faith claims risk exploitation by plaintiffs who are motivated by the possibility of a large settlement.

  • Timely Case Reserving

    Paul Swank

    While reviewing a group of professional liability claim files, I found it necessary to discuss the nature of the exposure and the relativity of the pending case reserves with a seasoned adjuster.

  • But the Show Was a Big Hit!

    Phil Schreiner

    With the writers' strike (barely) over, a lot of us have spent more time reading or watching cable.

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