Claims Magazine-August 2008

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  • Learning Paths Less Traveled

    Matthew Myers

    One-size-fits-all training for claim professionals is becoming as obsolete as paper files, Pintos, and Polaroids.

  • Adjuster Invents Car Desk

    Staff Writer

    Deskinacar, the most recent product from Officeinacar, is a portable utility desk that weighs less than four pounds and can be stowed in most 17" laptop bags.

  • Toughbook Gets Tougher

    Staff Writer

    Panasonic Computer Solutions Company will release the Panasonic Toughbook CF-U1, the first ultra mobile PC (UMPC).

  • Property Valuation Tool Goes Online

    Staff Writer

    The release of Simsol ContentsClaims, a web-based contents valuation software product, will provide adjusters with a tool to search for the property values of more than seven million personal property items.

  • Unfair Claim Settlement Practices

    Tim Lynch

    Today's adjuster is frequently responsible for handling claims in several states. This applies to both the in-house claim office staff and to independent adjusters.

  • Reservation Required

    Staff Writer

    "Quinley" is an Irish name. My descendants undoubtedly hailed from Hibernia. My Irish acted up while scanning the results of a recent Greenwich Associates study about claim service.

  • The Canine Conundrum

    Christina Bramlet

    Dog bite-related claims comprise one-third of all homeowners' insurance liability claims, the organization reports.

  • Happiness Guaranteed?

    Christina Bramlet

    Canadian policyholders hear similar insurance slogans as we do. But one company up north is taking a different approach than just promising good-hands treatment.

  • Speaking Of: Customer Service

    Staff Writer

    To explore the current role of customer service in the field, Claims' Christina Bramlet recently spoke with Donna Warren, president of Professional Claim Adjusters.

  • Lightning Losses Mount

    Christina Bramlet

    The Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.) determined that the cost of homeowners' claims for damages stemming from lightning strikes has increased by 28 percent over the last four years.

  • Organizations Unite to Combat Fraud

    Patrick Stevenson

    The Coalition Against Insurance Fraud, the National Health Care Anti-Fraud Association, and the National Insurance Crime Bureau are partnering together to form the Consortium to Combat Medical Fraud.

  • The Rising Tide for Coastal Properties

    Christina Bramlet

    The string of properties speckling the Gulf and East Coasts serve as a reminder of what is at stake when the next hurricane sweeps through.

  • Amateur Adjuster Hour

    Christina Bramlet

    Homeowners may be accepting settlement amounts that are inappropriate because of lack of resources.

  • Consequences of Greed

    Eric Gilkey

    As you open this issue, Richard Scruggs' cell door is closing. He is getting acquainted inside a federal prison that will be his new home for the next five years.

  • Gimme Shelter

    Chris Graves

    Hurricane season is upon us, and insurance adjusters are bracing themselves for the worst as they pore over 2008 forecasts.

  • The "Global Warming" Insurance Claim

    Suzanne Badawi

    Scientists have been warning us about the devastating impact global warming could have if human-made greenhouse gas emissions are not reduced, and many believe that these impacts are being felt now.

  • Travels by Train

    Ken Brownlee

    This summer, I was asked to make a presentation at an insurance fraud conference held by the Nebraska Department of Insurance at a state park on the Platte River.

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