Claims Magazine-August 2006

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  • Getting "Smart," from Cars to Dams

    Ken Brownlee

    Several news items of late have triggered both my interest and my imagination. One was a news item about a company that makes smart bombs.

  • Debit and Forget It

    staff Writer

    Beginning last month, The Hartford Financial Services Group began offering emergency claim debit cards to its policyholders who sustain losses after a catastrophic event.

  • Uninsured-Driver Rates Inch Upward

    staff Writer

    If you are injured in an auto accident, there is a one-in-seven chance that the at-fault driver is uninsured, according to a recent Insurance Research Council (IRC) study.

  • Commercial Claims Begin to Settle

    staff Writer

    A major commercial property insurance claim that resulted from Hurricane Katrina has been settled, making it one of the first of its kind to be completed.

  • Team Up to Trim Workers' Compensation Costs

    Staff Writer

    There is no I in team, we all have heard. Nor is there one in workers' comp success or in return to work. Taming the workers' compensation beast and wrestling costs to the ground is a team effort.

  • Actual Cash Value: What Is It?

    Diane Richardson

    Property policies commonly refer to losses being settled on an actual-cash-value basis, usually somewhere in the loss-settlement provisions.

  • The Write Stuff for Claim Adjusters

    Gary Blake

    Claim adjusters must be decisive, versatile, and exhibit exceptional problem-solving skills. But a quick scan of online job-posting sites reveals that companies also are looking for more specialized qualities in their new hires.

  • Piecing Together a Temporary Housing Strategy

    Jenna Jahn

    At times, temporary housing arrangements for homeowners' claims can leave many adjusters wondering if they could have found a better solution for their policyholders' additional living expense needs.

  • Ask and Receive

    staff Writer

    Answers to these questions will help an adjuster determine which insurance relocation provider is best for a specific type of relocation.

  • We Need Your Input

    Phil Schreiner

    As all long-time readers of Claims know, we prepare an annual salary survey for claim personnel and publish the results in our October issue.

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